The ACLU of Georgia sued an Atlanta airport and the City of Atlanta

Two Black Comedians Sue Police Over Search at Atlanta Airport (NEW YORK) – An airline has asked a federal district court to toss out lawsuits filed by two black comedians, arguing that the searches…

The ACLU of Georgia sued an Atlanta airport and the City of Atlanta

Two Black Comedians Sue Police Over Search at Atlanta Airport

(NEW YORK) – An airline has asked a federal district court to toss out lawsuits filed by two black comedians, arguing that the searches they were forced to endure — at two different Atlanta airports — were unconstitutional, unlawful and a nuisance that took too much time and was burdensome.The search of comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer took over six hours, during which officers interrogated him about his comedy routines, watched his phone records and scanned his luggage without a warrant.In the case of his co-composer, Paul Mooney, officers waited for hours to conduct a search of a rental car they suspected he might be in. The searches began within minutes of an Atlanta police officer finding marijuana under the driver’s seat of the car they believed Mr. Mooney was driving, and ended a few hours later when they found him at a nearby hotel. “In both instances, the plaintiffs had to endure lengthy and inordinate delays while waiting to be cleared by federal officials,” said their attorneys in a court brief filed on Monday.The ACLU of Georgia filed the lawsuits against an Atlanta airport and the City of Atlanta, charging that the searches violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional and civil rights, and constituted a nuisance by forcing Mr. Mooney and Mr. Mooney’s attorney, Charles Williams, to seek an immediate court hearing to challenge the searches. “As a result of the search, Paul Mooney was detained at the airport for six hours while officers continued searching his car, which had been towed away,” said the ACLU in a public-comment filing. “The searches produced no incriminating evidence. During the same time, Georgia law enforcement wasted countless hours and money attempting to find and ultimately collect the marijuana that police did find.”The suit alleges Mr. Mooney and Mr. Williams also were wrongly suspected of driving without a valid driver’s license, and was forced to spend valuable hours waiting to be cleared by an official at the airport. Both were subjected to questioning about their comedian routines, and their checked-bag luggage was searched without a warrant or any further evidence that the luggage contained illegal drugs or other contraband. The searches took place at the Atlanta Intl. Airport

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