CLANTON, Ala. (AP) - The Justice Department is suing the owner
and two employees of a 72-unit apartment complex in Clanton for
allegedly discriminating against blacks when renting apartments.
The lawsuit announced claims Kenneth R. "Ken" Scott and
Frankie L. Roberson told white individuals posing as renters that a
major selling point of Rolling Oaks Apartments was the lack of
black tenants and that the apartments had adopted policies intended
to discourage blacks from applying. Owner Chandi Biswas is also
named in the suit.
An attorney for Biswas, Anthony Bush, said Thursday his client
strong denies the accusations. He said that 10 percent of the
tenants are African-American.
The complaint is based on evidence collected during the Justice
Department's Fair Housing Testing Program, where people acting as
renters gather information about discriminatory practices.
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