Family of Black Man Killed in Pickup Truck Hate Crime Files Civil Suit

The sister, mother and brothers of James Anderson are seeking compensation and a jury trial against all seven teenagers involved in the 48-year-old’s attack and murder.

Posted: 09/06/2011 01:33 PM EDT
Filed Under Murder, Crime

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Attorneys representing the family of James Anderson, 48, who was murdered after a group of teens in Mississippi beat up, robbed and then killed him by running him over with a pickup truck, are filing a civil lawsuit.


The suit filed Tuesday in a Mississippi district court alleges that seven teenagers including Deryl Dedmon, who is charged with capital murder, and John Rice, who was charged with assault, "set out on a mission" to find and harass African-Americans.


Anderson’s sister, mother and two brothers, who all filed the suit through the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center and Mississippi attorney Winston J. Thompson III, are seeking a jury trial and damages.


"James Anderson lost his life for no other reason than the color of his skin," Morris Dees, chief trial counsel for the center said in a statement. “Those responsible must be held accountable for their callous and deadly actions. We are filing this lawsuit today to ensure his family gets a measure of justice."


A monetary amount for damages has not yet been specified.



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