Former Mount Enterprise officer’s lawsuit alleges Hispanics targeted in traffic stops

Former Mount Enterprise officer’s lawsuit alleges Hispanics targeted in traffic stops
Friday, February 10, 2012 - 10:37am

HENDERSON — Allegations of racial profiling by a law officer have been lodged by a former Mount Enterprise deputy marshal, who says he was fired for refusing to engage in illegal acts.

According to a lawsuit filed in the 4th Judicial District of Rusk County, former Deputy Marshal Mark Johnson was fired in early 2009 by the city of Mount Enterprise after expressing concerns about practices advocated by City Marshal David Collins.

Robert Alderman, attorney for the city, said Thursday that he couldn’t say much about the lawsuit because the matter is in litigation.

“I will say that the city denies any wrongdoing and believes that the court will rule in its favor,” Alderman said.

Attempts to get comment from Collins, other city officials, Johnson, and his attorney, Jeremy Coe, were unsuccessful Thursday.

According to the lawsuit, Johnson was hired in September 2008 as a deputy city marshal in Mount Enterprise, which is about 20 miles southwest of Henderson in Rusk County. He had previous law enforcement experience and was given a 90-day probationary period under direct supervision of Collins.

To read more at The Longview News Journal  http://www.news-journal.com/news/local/former-mount-enterprise-officer-s-lawsuit-alleges-hispanics-targeted-in/article_7c12518e-4ffd-58d8-b869-e7352ddfafa7.html

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