NAACP files motion to prevent Myrtle Beach from implementing traffic loop after verdict

NAACP files motion to prevent Myrtle Beach from implementing traffic loop after verdict
The NAACP has filed a motion asking a court to amend its decision to allow the city of Myrtle Beach to use of a 23-mile traffic loop for future events. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The NAACP has filed a motion asking a court to amend its decision to allow the city of Myrtle Beach to use a traffic loop for future events.

According to court documents, the motion was filed in U.S. District Court in Florence on Dec. 22.

The NAACP had sued the city of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Police Department for implementing policies they allege discriminated against the mostly African-American attendees of Bikefest, which is also known as Black Bike Week.

A federal jury ruled earlier this month that the NAACP had proved “by a preponderance of the evidence that race was a motivating factor in the Defendant’s official actions regarding Black Bike Week,” according to court documents.

But that same jury also found the city of Myrtle Beach had proved “by a preponderance of the evidence that it would have made the same decision anyway, even if it had not considered race in its official actions regarding Black Bike Week,” court documents stated.

According to the verdict, no compensatory damages were awarded to the plaintiffs.

The NAACP argues in the new motion that they are entitled to injunctive relief because the jury found racial motivation in the city’s Black Bike Week operations.

According to court documents, the injunction would prevent the city “from continuing to engage in the challenged forms of discriminatory conduct and directing that Defendant take all affirmative steps necessary to prevent repeated occurrences of discriminatory conduct in the future.”

The traffic loop first went into effect in 2015 following deadly shootings on Ocean Boulevard during the 2014 Bikefest over Memorial Day weekend.

You can read the latest motion in its entirety below.

NAACP Motion by NICK DORIA on Scribd

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