St. Louis’s top prosecutor, claiming a racist conspiracy, is suing the city under a law created to fight the Ku Klux Klan

St. Louis’s First Black Chief Prosecutor Sues City, Police Union, Accusing them of Racist Conspiracy to Push Her Out of Office


When Congress passed the Ku Klux Klan Act in 1871, its goal was to empower the federal government to crack down on vigilante groups that had been sowing terror throughout the South.

Now, in a lawsuit filed Monday, St. Louis’s first black chief prosecutor is attempting to use that same law to go after “entrenched interests” in St. Louis, including the police union and the city itself, which she says are blocking her from doing her job.

“The Ku Klux Klan Act was adopted to address precisely this scenario: a racially-motivated conspiracy to deny the civil rights of racial minorities by obstructing a government official’s efforts to ensure equal justice under law for all,” the lawsuit states. “The stakes are high. This case cries out for federal enforcement.”

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