NAACP says black deputies in Dallas are unfairly targeted

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Posted on April 7, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 7 at 7:48 PM

DALLAS — The Dallas chapter of the NAACP is calling for an investigation of the Dallas County Sheriff's Department amid accusations of civil rights violations.

The NAACP organized a protest at the criminal courthouse downtown on Saturday morning.

The sheriff's department is investigating citations written during overtime shifts paid for with federal money.

NAACP president Juanita Wallace claims investigators are targeting black deputies. She said she's received six formal complaints so far.

"Only black deputies are being singled out, investigated, indicted and fired," Wallace said. "Three deputies that we know of have already been fired. Our sources tell us that the white deputies were given an opportunity to correct their discrepancies."

The sheriff's department had no comment on the allegations.

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