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Protest Surveillance

Four Memphis residents claim the city violated a 1978 court order by recording video of protest participants, creating a “black list” of people who can’t come to city hall without police escort, and using software that monitors social media posts.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Four Memphis residents claim the city violated a 1978 court order by recording video of protest participants, creating a “black list” of people who can’t come to city hall without police escort, and using software that monitors social media posts.

The plaintiffs are Elaine Blanchard, Keedran Franklin, Paul Garner and Bradley Watkins. The defendant is the city of Memphis, Tenn.

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