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Lawsuit says Maplewood using nuisance law to boot residents

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MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A federal lawsuit is accusing the city of Maplewood with using a chronic nuisance law to "exile" certain residents from the city.

"We've not come across any municipality that does it quiet this way," says Kalila Jackson of the Equal Housing and Opportunity Council.

The EHOC filed the lawsuit seeking to have Maplewood change its law. The 10-year-old law,allows the city to evict and ban residents who have had two or more police calls in a 6-month period.

The EHOC however, insists the law is only being applied to African Americans, people with disabilities and victims of domestic abuse.

"It's not accidental,"  Jackson says.

Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran says they are still reviewing the lawsuit.

The lawsuit can be viewed below.

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