CCC to file lawsuit against city following Graceland protest - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

CCC to file lawsuit against city following Graceland protest

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The Coalition of Concerned Citizens is filing a civil action lawsuit against the City of Memphis, Memphis Police Department, and Graceland.

Theryn C. Bond, a member of CCC, claims that during their Graceland protest on August 15, MPD and Graceland officials did not allow several groups of people to get into Graceland.

The group posted a video on their website that shows officers standing in line, blocking off a street as several people with candles—to be used in that night’s Elvis vigil—tried to get by.

“Unfortunately at that same time, they did not allow African-Americans to come through,” Bond said. “They did not allow any other races or Caucasians that were affiliated with African-Americans to come through, which lead to seclusion.”

City Councilman Berlin Boyd said he was not allowed to get into Graceland. He said a security guard would not let him into the area, although he was allowed to be there.

Councilman Boyd said he does not plan on taking part in the lawsuit.

The CCC wants Boyd and others who claim they experienced discrimination to step forward.

“I personally am a resident of Whitehaven,” Boyd said. “I should not have any issues walking down Elvis Presley. We’re standing on Elvis Presley right now. It should be no different today, tomorrow, during Elvis Week, during Christmas.”

City officials declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said they are aware of it.

Legal experts said there is no magic number for a class action lawsuit, meaning at any time, with any number of people, the group can file it.

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