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Discrimination Suit Filed Against Lancaster, Palmdale

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A racial discrimination lawsuit has been filed in federal court against the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, claiming they have excluded black and Latino families from receiving housing subsidies.

The suit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles on behalf of two residents who say they faced racial discrimination. The lawsuit seeks to stop the cities from promoting policies they contend are harassing and unfair.

The lawsuit says the cities have targeted minority families with unnecessary sweeps and created an advertising campaign to dissuade Section 8 voucher participants from moving there.

Messages left for officials in both cities were not immediately returned.

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