MEMPHIS, Tenn. Feb 24 2017 Four people filed suit against the city of Memphis over the controversial list of 81 people who are required to have an escort in City Hall.
The case in federal court concerns what the complaint calls the "black list." They demand that the court order the city to dissolve the list, and stop it from creating such a list again.
The eight-page lawsuit claims the city is interfering with first amendment constitutional rights and a court order from 1978.
Specifically, it contends compiling the list of 81 names directly violates the order, and harasses, intimidates, and silences the individuals.
Claimed violations also include: the recording people at a protests, most recently Tuesday in front to of City Hall, and the use of a program called Geofedia that MPD bought in 2014. The software allegedly shows officers a map of their area overlaid with pins that illustrate who is posting what to social media.
The complaint asks the court to hold the city in contempt or in violation of the 1978 order. If granted, the court could punish the city by awarding payment of more money and attorneys' fees.
Spokespeople for the city say that because of litigation, they have no comment.