Mayor Todd Strange SUED August 20th in Major Class Action Lawsuit, Along with Montgomery Police Chief, Judge Les Hayes III and More

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On Thursday, August 20th, a very disturbing Class Action Lawsuit (attached in entirety) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama Northern Division, against:

  • Todd Strange, Mayor of the City of Montgomery, in his individual capacity
  • The City of Montgomery, Alabama
  • Ernest Finley, Jr., Chief of Police of the City of Montgomery, in his individual capacity
  • Kevin Murphy, Former Chief of Police of the City of Montgomery, in his individual capacity
  • Les Hayes, III Presiding Judge of the Municipal Court of the City of Montgomery, in his individual capacities
  • Judicial Correction Services, I C., a corporation

Filed 5 days before the upcoming mayoral election on August 25th, this critical news has not been reported* by the any local television or print news outlets.  The people of Montgomery, Alabama – consisting of its’ taxpayers, citizens, and VOTERS absolutely need to know about this major lawsuit which ultimately affects them and the potential leadership of the city. Particularly so because the mayoral election is now only 3 days away.

 Case Number 2:15-cv-463-WKW-WC

Class Action Suit vs Todd Strange, Police, Judge Hayes, Judicial Correction Svs

civilrightsagenda.files.wordpress.com/ class action suit filed august 20, 2015 against Mayor Todd Strange and City of Montgomery / Officias2.pdf

The class action lawsuit was not only filed on behalf of the 10 named Plaintiffs, BUT ALSO ON BEHALF OF ANY UNNAMED PLAINTIFFS YET INCLUDED IN THE SUIT.  

A class action lawsuit can be explained as one which is “open” to ALL individuals /  parties who have been victimized by the same defendants, for the same alleged offenses, in order for victims/plaintiffs to join in the law suit for legal damages.

ALSO, THE PUBLIC SHOULD KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT A NEW MATTER, NOR IS IT A POLITICAL PLOY.  As you will see in the court document, this amended class action lawsuit results from nearly two years of legal entanglement with the City, Mayor Strange, Judge Les Hayes, the City Police Department, Judicial Correction Services, and all other named Defendants.

Sources say that “political road blocking” , bureaucracy, and favoritism has resulted in lacking media coverage of this highly important legal matter which affects the general public of Montgomery, Alabama.

Sources also report that many tactics were employed by City representatives which stalled, delayed and ultimately ATTEMPTED TO BLOCK THE LAWSUIT FROM BEING FILED IN COURT UNTIL AFTER THE CITY ELECTION.  

Again, this Class Action Lawsuit was filed on behalf of the 10 named Plaintiffs, AND ON BEHALF OF ANY UNNAMED PLAINTIFFS YET INCLUDED IN THIS SUIT WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF:  

  1.  “Punishing a person for his poverty” by arresting and incarcerating individuals such as Plaintiffs because of their inability to pay court-ordered monies, including fines, fees, costs, restitution, surcharges or bonds, violates long-established federal constitutional principles of equal protection and due process as well as other state
    and federal laws.

2.  Plaintiffs are individuals who have been subjected to a “judicial [and law enforcement] extortion racket,” including a modern day “debtors’ prison, as part of a scheme designed to increase municipal budgets by using the City of Montgomery’s law enforcement and courts to generate and collect revenue rather than to protect public safety and to administer justice. This scheme has been implemented through illegal policies, practices or customs, including but not limited to, unlawful stops, ticketing and arrests; racial profiling and targeted stops, ticketing and arrests of African Americans; extortionate imposition and collection of fines, fees, costs, restitution, surcharges and bail  or bond and related charges, including through imprisonment for nonpayment; the use of threatened and actual probation revocation as a means of collection of these debts; and the use of coerced jail labor. Through the adoption and implementation of these policies, practices or customs, Defendants have trapped Plaintiffs in a cycle of debt by preying upon the City’s largely voiceless poor and minority residents to pay the City’s bills and  replenish its public coffers

3.  The extortionate imposition and collection of fines, fees, costs, restitution, surcharges and bail or bond and related charges, including through imprisonment for nonpayment; the use of threatened and actual probation revocation as a means of collection of these debts; and the use of coerced jail labor. Through the adoption and implementation of these policies, practices or customs, Defendants have trapped Plaintiffs in a cycle of debt by preying upon the City’s largely voiceless poor and minority residents to pay the City’s bills and replenish its public coffers.

4.  The extortionate scheme composed of these illegal policies, practices and customs has been operated by the Defendants City of Montgomery, Mayor Todd Strange, Chief of Police Ernest N. Finley, Jr., Former Chief of Police Kevin Murphy, Presiding Municipal Court Judge Les Hayes, III, and Judicial Correction Services, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “JCS”). Plaintiffs allege that all Defendants have acted under color of state law and as state actors in pursuing a pervasive intentional and deliberate scheme of acts and omissions through systemic and related policies, practices and customs that separately, and taken together, caused injuries to Plaintiffs that violate the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Fourth, Sixth, Eighth and Thirteenth Amendments (and related anti-peonage laws), 42 U.S.C. § 1981, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000(d), et seq., the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), as well as constitute state law violations of false imprisonment (including false arrest), abuse of process, and support a claim for money had and received under Alabama law.

5.  The named Plaintiffs bring this case individually, and as representatives of proposed classes of similarly situated individuals who have been or will be similarly injured by Defendants’ policies, practices or customs. Plaintiffs seek compensatory, punitive and treble damages, as well as declaratory and injunctive relief, to redress their personal injuries (including humiliation, anxiety, stress, emotional distress, and other injuries) and the injuries to their real or personal property that they have suffered, or face a real and imminent threat of suffering, as the direct and proximate result of the Defendants’ challenged policies, practices or customs.

Please see attached a copy of the COMPLETE OFFICIAL LAWSUIT for more information.  Class Action Suit Against Mayor and City Officials

THIS IS  A VERY SERIOUS LEGAL CASE AGAINST MAYOR STRANGE, JUDGE HAYES, THE CITY OF MONTGOMERY, AND ALL NAMED DEFENDANTS.  

Lawsuits such as this affect the City overall, including its’ taxpayers, citizens and voters – and most importantly:

the leadership of the City. 

TELEVISED AND PRINT NEWS REPORTS OF THIS CRITICALLY URGENT LEGAL MATTER, WHICH HAS A DIRECT AFFECT ON THE CITY AND IT’S CITIZENS. SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PEOPLE OF MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA IMMEDIATELY – ESPECIALLY SO, BECAUSE THE CITY ELECTION FOR MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL IS ONLY 3 DAYS AWAY ON AUGUST 25th.

Please be advised that http://www.civilrightsagenda.com submitted this official, filed, legal court document in its entirety to WSFA Channel 12 and WAKA Channel 8 on Friday afternoon, 8/21/15.

*As of the time and date of this article’s publication,  www.civilrightsagenda.com has received no knowledge of any news reports on this matter by Montgomery, Alabama local media outlets.

By: M. Kita Williams, Founder

http://www.civilrightsagenda.com

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4 thoughts on “Mayor Todd Strange SUED August 20th in Major Class Action Lawsuit, Along with Montgomery Police Chief, Judge Les Hayes III and More

  1. This “article” is at best misleading and at worst FALSE. WSFA did share a story on this back in July. IF the lawsuit was just filed, how did they know about it nearly two months ago?

    ttp://www.wsfa.com/story/29505887/lawsuit-filed-against-city-of-montgomery-regarding-jailing

    This post is suspicious for all the reasons it mentions itself. days before the election, blaming the media (falsely) for no coverage, biased against one candidate? Leave the reporting to reporters.

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    • Mr. Smith, Your tone and response is VERY TROUBLING AND RAISES THE LEVEL FOR PUBLIC CONCERN AND SUSPICION considering:

      1) This article FALSIFIES NOTHING. At no time did the article imply that WSFA, IN THE PAST, NEVER REPORTED ABOUT THIS LEGAL MESS REVOLVING AROUND MAYOR STRANGE’S AND THE CITY’S ALLEGED VIOLATION OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT, BY OPERATING A “MODERN DAY DEBTORS’ PRISON” AGAINST MINORITIES AND THE POOR, TO THE TUNE OF $16 MILLION DOLLARS.

      2) Your comments regarding WSFA’s coverage “nearly two months ago” implies that you feel that it should have been enough and is old news – although as a journalist, you very well know that ANY NEWLY AMENDED AND FILED CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OF THIS MAGNITUDE – AGAINST THE MAYOR OF MONTGOMERY, THE CITY OF MONTGOMERY, AS WELL AS VARIOUS HIGH-RANKING CITY OFFICIALS – FILED 5 DAYS PRIOR TO A MAYORAL ELECTION IS A “BREAKING” AND MAJOR NEWS DEVELOPMENT WHICH THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE INFORMED OF BY THE MEDIA;

      3) The article CLEARLY reports the truth and nothing but the truth – as evidenced by the official court document filed on AUGUST 20TH attached herein; and

      4) I would very much prefer to “leave reporting to reporters”, which is why I submitted this BREAKING NEWS OF THIS NEWLY AMENDED CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ALONG WITH THE FILED COURT DOCUMENTS OF AUGUST 20th DIRECTLY TO WSFA on Friday, August 21st. However, I have yet not seen ANY COVERAGE since that time.

      Therefore Mr. Smith, as an advocate of the people, http://www.civilrightsagenda.com stepped up and did what the salaried reporters in the media failed to do: informed the public and reported a SHOCKING, NEWLY AMENDED CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED THURSDAY AUGUST 20TH AGAINST MAYOR TODD STRANGE, THE CITY OF MONTGOMERY, AND VARIOUS CITY OFFICIALS. This matter SHOULD BE TREATED AS BREAKING NEWS TO THE PUBLIC!

      Mr. Smith, the fact that you personally took the time to exert such fervor and energy to reply to http://www.civilrightsagenda.com on this matter, yet have not directed your skilled and knowledgeable journalistic abilities to report on the topic at hand, indicates that perhaps you or WSFA PERHAPS DON’T WANT TO REPORT ON THIS LATEST, BREAKING DEVELOPMENT REGARDING A MAJOR CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED ON THURSDAY AGAINST MAYOR TODD STRANGE, THE CITY OF MONTGOMERY, JUDGE HAYES III, THE CURRENT AND FORMER POLICE CHIEF, AND JUDICIAL CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.

      I may be wrong, Mr.Smith and hope that I am. Please advise.

      Sincerely,

      M. Kita Williams

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