Suit: Armed group seeking teen targeted Black woman’s home

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — A law firm that advocates for victims of discrimination has filed a lawsuit over an incident last year in which it said a Black woman’s home in North Carolina came under siege by an armed group looking for a missing white teenager.

The Washington-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed the suit Tuesday in a Pender County court on behalf of Monica Shepard and her son.

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It said the group went to the home last May 3, seeking a teenage girl who had been reported missing earlier that day but was later found safe. An ex-sheriff’s deputy and more than a dozen others are named as defendants.

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