06 Jul Winston-Salem Church Brings Civil Rights Suit Over Illegal Eviction and Improper Seizure of Thousands of Dollars in Equipment
Christ Kingdom Building Worship Center, a Winston-Salem, North Carolina, church, has filed suit against LBC2 Trust, a lender, its affiliate LBC2 REO LLC, and its property management company, Management Alliance LLC d/b/a One Alliance Companies, alleging that they illegally ejected the minister, her staff, and dozens of children from church property and seized tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of the church’s personal property. The church alleges that One Alliance called the Winston-Salem police because it feared trouble from the Black staff and parishioners – and the intimidation caused by the police participation in the illegal eviction was a deliberate effort to deprive church members of their constitutional rights.
The Complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, states: “The illegal eviction appears to have been done on an accelerated timeline so that the church would not be able to remove the valuable sound system and other property that remained in the building. Their motive seems to have been a desire to sell the building as a “turnkey” church – increasing the sale price they would receive.” The church has brought civil rights claims under Sections 1983 and 1985 of the Civil Rights Act as well as other claims under North Carolina law for the Defendants’
unconstitutional and unlawful conduct.
- Read the Complaint
In the Press
- Winston-Salem church’s lawsuit should be dismissed, defendants say in filing – WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL
- Attorneys for Winston-Salem deny allegations in a lawsuit that its police department enabled a lender and company to seize church – WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL