Friday, February 03, 2006

Myrtle Beach settles suit with NAACP

According to WBNS:

The resort city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has settled a federal lawsuit brought by the NAACP. The suit claimed black bikers attending an annual Memorial Day rally were treated differently than bikers attending a predominantly white Harley Davidson rally.

During the black rally, police required traffic on an oceanside street to move in only one direction while white bikers were allowed to cruise both ways.

A federal judge will still have to approve the agreement under which the city will require one-way traffic during the peak hours of both rallies.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the suit was brought three years ago only to win equal treatment for African-American tourists. A city spokesman calls the settlement a "pragmatic solution."

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