Citizens Group sues Lincoln Police Jury, claiming Under-representation

A group calling itself The Under-Represented Citizens of Lincoln has sued the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) and its President (Jody Backus, District 7), alleging that the jury’s committee assignments shorts the voters in districts one and ten of representation. The standing committees control most of the jury’s spending, the suit alleges.

From the document:

In 2016, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, acting under the direction of President Jody Backus, once again precluded the Police Jurors representing District l and District 10 – which remain predominantly African-American – from participating in the determination of tax revenue allocation.

According to the current census and Sales and Use Tax Report, District 1 is the second largest tax producing district in Lincoln Parish, yet it currently has no representation on any committees that determine how Lincoln Parish tax dollars are spent.

Accordingly, the districts with majority African-American populations in Lincoln Parish have been barred from participating in the determination of how public funds are to be expended.

The plaintiffs are requesting that the court prohibit the jury from:

Operating under or issuing policies or procedures that permit individuals from any district served by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury to be unrepresented on any committee, subcommittee, or other body that is responsible for making decisions as to the appropriation of taxpayer funds;

Operating under or issuing policies or procedures that create a disadvantage for residents of Lincoln Parish who are ethnic minorities.

See here the complete document.

The citizen’s group was registered as a non-profit with the Louisiana Secretary of State only this past Tuesday, July 12. Listed as a director is Oscar Epps, Jr., of 142 Main Street, Grambling.

Listed as the registered agent is New Orleans Attorney Karl Bernard, who is also the attorney of record in the lawsuit.

Bernard was the successful attorney in a 2013 lawsuit against the police jury by former City of Ruston Fire Training Officer Terry Lewis. Lewis was an unsuccessful applicant for the position of Lincoln Parish Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Lewis sued, claiming discrimination, and was awarded nearly $70 thousand in back pay.

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6 Responses to “Citizens Group sues Lincoln Police Jury, claiming Under-representation”

  1. Anonymous2 Says:

    Here we go again,that mean old Lincoln parish police jury is racist. We going to get us money,we are entitled to that money,white folks.

  2. Oldman Says:

    I Disagree with anonymous2 on this matter. The money goes to were its most needed as people in country need more money for their roads than the people in the city limits. The minorities people are not no more entitled to this money than other folks,it must be spent to were it gets the most use of the dollar. Some wards need more money than others,like it or not. But I guess the word now days is (entitlement)as in I’m entitled to what ever I want.

  3. Oldman Says:

    I know this is not the place for news,but I have to say this. Baton Rouge has another police shooting with at least two dead. This has got to stop one way or another. The ones that are doing this should be dealt with swiftly and harshly and be made an example of. The police are the ones that keep us safe and without law enforcement we are back in the dark ages. Please stop it. Walter you can move this if need be.

  4. Johnn G. Says:

    The request seems reasonable, put someone from District 1 on a few LPPJ committees and call it a day.

  5. Bob Sherunkel Says:

    I fully agree with the suit! The unmittigated gall of the jury.
    After all only 50 % of the committees are headed by minorities and over 50 % of the committees have minorities in the majority. The white priviledge is glaring!

    Maybe the claim in the suit should be “poorly” represented on the jury and that isn’t a lawsuit, that would be more apprpriately dealt with as a recall or at the polls.

    Remember, It’s not racist unless you are one particular race.

  6. Bob Sherunkel Says:

    On another note…WHO MISSES DAN???

    “Crickets chirping”

    OK — nobody.

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