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Mobile home park residents sue Richmond, allege city's code enforcement targets Latinos


RICHMOND, Virginia — Richmond is being sued by mobile home park residents who allege that the city's code enforcement efforts target Latinos.

More than 30 residents filed the discrimination lawsuit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. Multiple media outlets report that the plaintiffs announced the lawsuit at a news conference.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones' spokeswoman, Tammy D. Hawley, told media outlets that the city doesn't comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit alleges that a city crackdown on mobile home parks violated residents' civil rights. It says families were displaced because of aggressive inspections and unreasonable code violations.

According to the lawsuit, nearly 70 percent of residents living in the city's nine mobile home parks are of Mexican or Central American origin.

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