A prosecutor has accused a Tennessee mayor of directing police officers to ticket Hispanics on the theory that they would be more likely to pay their fines than contest the tickets in court, the Tennessean reports. The charges were filed against Mayor Danny Crosby of Coopertown, Tn. District Attorney John Carney seeks Crosby’s ouster for making racist remarks and outright threats and of abusing his power.
Hedy Weinberg of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee said that if the claims of racial profiling and racist statements are true, Crosby’s actions are “deeply disturbing.” The first-term mayor called the accusations “bald-faced lies.” “How outrageous can you get? Never have I made any such statement,” the mayor said.