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

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.

Published September 6, 2011

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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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