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Elora
Mukherjee

Elora is a staff attorney of the ACLU Racial Justice Program.  Prior to joining the ACLU, from 2007 to 2010, she was an associate at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, LLP, where she specialized in police misconduct, prisoners’ rights, and housing and employment discrimination.  From 2006 to 2007, she served as the Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow at the ACLU.  She clerked for Jan E. DuBois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Elora is a graduate of Rutgers University and Yale Law School.   

 

Settlement Means No More Highway Robbery in Tenaha, Texas

Settlement Means No More Highway Robbery in Tenaha, Texas

By Elora Mukherjee, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 11:22am
On Friday, the ACLU settled a class action lawsuit, pending court approval, against officials in the East Texas town of Tenaha and Shelby County over the rampant practice of stopping and searching drivers, almost always Black or Latino, and often seizing their cash and other valuable property. The money seized by officers during these stops went directly into department coffers. It was highway robbery, targeting those who could least afford to challenge the officers’ abuse of power, under the guise of a so-called “drug interdiction” program and made possible by Texas’s permissive civil asset forfeiture laws. 
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