Federal court seeks victims in Tenaha traffic stops case

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has issued a bulletin seeking possible victims in at least 140 traffic stops in the Tenaha area between 2006 and 2008.

The court is holding a public hearing regarding a case involving a settlement in a class-action lawsuit against the City of Tenaha and other offices and individuals.

The lawsuit alleges police officers pulled over drivers in the area without legal justification, asked if they were carrying cash and ordered them to sign it over to the city or face charges of money laundering or other serious crimes.

The notice is for anyone of a racial or ethnic minority who were traveling through or near Tenaha anytime after Nov. 1, 2006, and were stopped by the defendants for a traffic violation.

The hearing is scheduled for April 22, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the US District Court in Marshall for consideration of a proposed consent decree of the claims.

Further instructions on procedure can be found here.

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