In Mississippi, it’s a law enforcement problem.
In August, the state attorney general charged a man with criminal contempt after he failed to turn over records to investigators.
His case was dismissed in October after the prosecutor determined the sheriff had failed to provide documents.
Now, a local attorney is trying to change that.
Amber Miller, an attorney with the Public Defenders Office in Jackson, is trying her first court challenge against the state’s rural development law, which she says violates her constitutional rights.
She says the law “is in violation of our Constitution” and threatens the health and safety of rural communities.
The law, she says, is “absolutely designed to take people’s land away from them and strip them of their property.”
“If you’re a black farmer or white farmer or whoever, you are going to be treated as an accessory,” Miller said.
“You’re not going to have the ability to get a fair trial.”
The state attorney’s office argues the law doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution, because it’s aimed at the protection of the interests of homeowners.
But Miller says she’s “very concerned” by what she calls the “federal government’s continued failure to enforce this law.”
The Rural Development Law, passed in 2014, provides a way for the attorney general to charge a local sheriff with contempt if he or she fails to provide records to an investigator when asked.
The state has also charged a sheriff in the past with violating the law by denying requests to inspect his or her property.
State Rep. David Renn, a Republican from Jackson, has introduced a bill that would prohibit sheriffs from refusing to cooperate with an investigator or a request for documents.
The bill would also require sheriff’s offices to provide any and all documents related to the investigation and the foreclosure process to the attorney General’s office.
Renn said he believes his bill will have a “tremendous impact” on the rural development process.
“I think that this is an area where the attorney generals office should be doing more to address the problems that the attorney’s offices are having, he said.”
There’s a lack of accountability, there’s a lot of problems that have been caused by the attorney, the law enforcement agencies are not enforcing the law and that we have no control over.
“In fact, if they don’t enforce the law, I think there’s going to come a point where the sheriff is going to take that action, that the county is going, ‘You’re a criminal.'”
Miller said she has been trying to raise awareness of the problem for more than a year.
She’s joined a statewide coalition of civil rights and environmental groups that have petitioned state lawmakers to pass legislation to stop the law.
“We’re not here to have civil wars.
We’re here to save lives,” Miller told Fox News.
Miller said her bill is being introduced to the state House Judiciary Committee.
She plans to take the bill to the full House of Representatives on Monday.