ACLU criticizes handling of ‘mob’ outside black teen’s home

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Dameon Shepard and his mom Monica Shepard (Photo: WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — The North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is speaking out about the arrest of a sheriff’s deputy who authorities say led a group of armed people to the wrong home in search of a missing girl.

Interim executive director Chantal Stevens said Monday the New Hanover District Attorney should not have waited five days to file trespassing charges against the deputy.

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Stevens added that “vigilante mobs cannot be permitted to terrorize black communities.”

News outlets reported the all-white group tried unsuccessfully to force its way into the home of Dameon Shepard, who is black.