Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ACLU's client sues Canton Estates for being too dangerous.

Did Joseph Heller literally ghost-write the ACLU's lawsuit against Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker?   The ACLU is suing the Madison County Sheriff for targeting blacks living in apartments on behalf of a client who is also suing those same apartments because they are too dangerous.  The client is also a convicted drug dealer.

The ACLU sued Sheriff Tucker last week on behalf of Khadafy Manning and nine other Canton residents last week.   Manning and his allies accused the Madison County Sheriff's Office of using roadblocks and checkpoints only in the predominantly black Canton area while ignoring the predominantly white areas of the county.  The ACLU held a press conference that made a great splash in the media last week.  The media feeding frenzy began.  Hot diggity damn ,we got us some racists in Mississippi.  The ACLU even used the "S" word - "segregationist".   Earlier post with copy of lawsuit.

However,  Khadafi Manning didn't exactly scream discrimination in December when he sued Canton Estates Apartments.   Manning sued the owner of Canton Estates, Northmart Corporation,  and Bennie Kirkland in Madison County Circuit Court.   These are the same apartments that the ACLU and it's client, Khadafy Manning, says is the target of racist and illegal roadblocks by the Madison County Sheriff.

The irony of the ACLU lawsuit that it's client, Khadafi Manning, complained in his complaint that the Canton Estate apartments were too dangerous because of criminal activities:

Defendants knew or should have known on and prior to October 7, 2015 that their premises were subject to regular criminal activities which posed a danger to their residents and their invited guests.

On October 7, 2015 at approximately 11:15 p.m., Plaintiff, Khadafy Manning arrived at Canton Estates Apartments for the purpose of picking up his children, who were living with their mother, Quinnetta Thomas, in apartment 6G.
The Plaintiff parked his CRV Hyundai and started walking toward Ms. Thomas’ apartment.  Before he could reach his destination, Plaintiff was approached by a black male, 20  to 30 years of age. The man called to Plaintiff to “hold up”, and started running toward Plaintiff with a gun in his hand. Plaintiff started to run after seeing the gun, the man yelled to him to stop. Fearing for his life, Plaintiff stopped as ordered. The man then ordered Plaintiff to lay on the ground and to empty his pockets. Plaintiff emptied his pockets as ordered. The man took Plaintiff’s property, and then without provocation, shot him five times, three times in the left arm and two times in the stomach.  The man then took off running.
Manning suffered severe injuries and was hospitalized for nearly a month.  The lawsuit claims he became a paraplegic due to his injuries.  He accused Canton Estates of being a very dangerous place:

 Canton Estates Apartments, on and prior to October 7, 2015 had experienced numerous acts of criminal assaults, and other criminal acts against its tenants and their invited guests. The acts were of such a repetitive nature over an extended period of time that it was foreseeable that such violent acts would continue unabated and that as a result thereof....

Remember the ACLU lawsuit?  The ACLU accuses the Madison County Sheriff of targeting this apartment complex:

66. The MCSD also sets up semi-concealed roadblocks within the parking lots of Madison County’s majority-Black housing complexes. These roadblocks are usually located at the sole operational entry and exit to the complexes. A map depicting recent representative roadblock locations appears below. These roadblocks unreasonably violate Black residents’ legitimate expectations of privacy in and around their own homes, and unconstitutionally restrict their freedom to leave and return to their homes unimpeded by government intrusion.

These would be the same apartment complexes that its client claims is too dangerous because of "criminal activities" in his lawsuit.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge John Emfinger.  The law firm of Blackmon & Blackmon represents Manning.

Kingfish note:  These almost mutually exclusive claims remind one of when Mike Crook claimed two different residences in two different lawsuits at the same time.  Something must be in the waters of Madison County.  


Catch and Release-22 said...

When the sheriff goes where the criminals are, Khadafy's civil rights are being violated.

When the sheriff doesn't go where the criminals are, Khadafy's civil rights are being violated.

I'm reminded of an old Warren Zevon song - Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me

Anonymous said...

How'd he run away from the robber if he's paraplegic? And is this not the same Mr. Manning we saw standing in the video last week?

Anonymous said...

Mike Crook... there's a blast from the past.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute. One of the individuals that is in the lawsuit with the ACLU is saying the police are targeting the area he lives and he also has a lawsuit against the apartments for it not being safe because of crime???

Well it appears that the police are there to try and help with the crime problem. Does anybody think that possibly that is why more police are there now? To try and protect the community against the criminals? Could it be so?

This is crazy!

It boils down to this.... When help is needed they want the police around. When they are committing a crime they claim they are being targeted.

10:01 - Yes it is the same person standing in the video last week. He was shot in 2015 and had to undergo surgery. He has obviously recovered and is not so paraplegic from the evidence on the video.

Anonymous said...

Good stuff here. These premises suits are in large part a sham.

Anonymous said...

If the shooting left this guy paralyzed from the waist down on Oct 7, 2015, then how was he standing upright, walking around in an upstairs apartment in the ACLU edited video taken June 16, 2016? The footage released by the ACLU clearly shows him standing without assistance and shows the stairway as the deputy begins to lead Manning downstairs. "who is disabled"-ACLU video caption.

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't Donna Ladd featured Khadafy's plight before now?

Oh, that's right, his assailant was black.

Anonymous said...


It's racist to allow low-income, predominantly-minority neighborhoods to fester with dangerous crime.


It's racist to target law enforcement resources toward low-income, predominantly-minority neighborhoods that fester with dangerous crime.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish, you need to get the police report for this shooting and the fire run report for Khadafy and Quinneta's vehicle fire that occurred about 2 weeks after the shooting at the same apartment complex.

Anonymous said...

I sure hope our plantiff or his associates were not in the videos from 2011 shot in the complex. That would be unfortunate.

Anonymous said...

With apologies to POGO.............We have met the enemy and it is us!

Anonymous said...

This complex is owned by Mississippi Government Trust. Figure the rest out from here....

PittPanther said...

These two issues are not mutually exclusive. If I, a law abiding citizen, live in a crime infested area, my choice of where I'm living does not mean I relenquish my civil rights. Because I live in a bad neighborhood did not mean I should be subjected to illegal searches, pat downs, warrantless searches, or whatever poor excuse for police work is coming out of the MCSD.

If the police don't have any tools in their arsenal for fighting crime other than elimination of people's civil rights, then we are all screwed.

Warren Zevon said...

C&R-22, "Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money" might be a better song for this one.

Anonymous said...

Pitt, it's similar to this example. Back in the early 2000s, residents of Fondren/Woodland Hills put pressure on JPD to patrol the area more in hopes of reducing property crimes. The JPD/neighborhood relationship accomplished its intended purpose and JPD even located their precinct headquarters there on State St. However, many residents weren't happy with the unintended consequence, traffic tickets. Yep, they were upset because they thought the cops were only there to keep them safe, and not to enforce all applicable laws.
That said, I disagree with your assertion that anyone is being expected to relinquish their civil rights based on their choice of home location. Like those Fondren folks learned though, police are there to police and more police means more interaction. In Fondren's case it meant pulling over a mid 60s age, socialite white lady driving a fairly new Mercedes for not fully stopping at a stop sign down the street from her home. In State owned apartments in Canton, that means something totally different.

Anonymous said...

As usual, Pitt Panther is wrong. In high crime areas of Brooklyn, the residents begged the police to be more pro-active. The police started stopping people, questioning people, even had routine pat-downs. Crime dropped greatly. The ACLU whined, liberals whined, while the majority of the people living in the areas felt occasional pat-downs were preferable to hold-ups and muggings. Enter Mayor DeBlasio who ended the program and now crime in these areas is back up.

Answering a few questions, and having an occasional pat-down is not the end of the world and does not obliterate the Constitution. These inconveniences sure beat violent crime.

Anonymous said...

"The Plaintiff parked his CRV Hyundai ..."

What is this CRV Hyundai you speak of, and where can I get me one?

Anonymous said...

@ 3:27 PM "In Fondren's case it meant pulling over a mid 60s age, socialite white lady driving a fairly new Mercedes for not fully stopping at a stop sign down the street from her home. In State owned apartments in Canton, that means something totally different."

So you mean in Mrs. Affluent North Jackson in the Mercedes reeked of reefer and had a warrant out for her arrest, she'd be let go?

Steve said...

Fact: Manning was shot in Canton Estates Apts while selling crack cocaine. Manning has an extensive criminal history going back several years and nearly 20 recorded bookings into the Madison County Detention Center.

Anonymous said...

2:09 offers: "If the police don't have any tools in their arsenal for fighting crime other than elimination of people's civil rights, then we are all screwed."

You misunderstand. There are plenty of tools in Canton. Starting with you.

Anonymous said...

There is a place where everyone is nice and trustworthy and there is no need for law enforcement. It's called Fantasyland and exists only in fiction.

In the real world, there are bad people who do bad things and there are some places where there are more bad people or a higher concentration of bad people. This is where the police go to stop crime. It makes no sense to run regular roadblocks at the corner of Rocky Hill Road and Shrock Road outside Pickens. There's nobody there.

People (apparently including our fellow named for a Libyan dictator here) have claimed that the Canton Estates are one of those places where bad people congregate and do their crimes. So the sheriff sends his people to the place where the crimes are reported and attempts to stop it. This is called "law enforcement".

You can't ask the cops to come exercise law enforcement and expect not to deal with their presence. And as someone said above, cops enforce all laws, not just the one you want enforced. So don't ask the cops to take care of the drug dealers then complain when those cops catch you with weed.

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