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NC inmate sues over ban of BET channel in prison
Updated: Jun 11, 2019 08:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - A Columbus County inmate has filed a federal lawsuit claiming his constitutional rights were violated after prison officials banned BET and other television channels aimed at African American viewers.

Maurice Alexander Williamson, who is serving a 12-year prison sentence for a habitual felon charge
at Tabor Correctional in Tabor City, recently sued state prison officials in U.S. District Court in Raleigh.

Williamson claims black inmates at Tabor Correctional submitted a petition in April requesting BET be added to the prison's television lineup, but were ultimately denied.
He maintained that channels such as TNT, FX, AMC, and Discovery are allowed and are geared toward white audiences which he said amounts to "an advantage or favor...to some and not others."

In the lawsuit, Williamson asked that "the black networks be granted and treated no different then [how] they threat the other networks."

In response to a grievance that Williamson filed in April over the decision, a staff member at Tabor Correctional said the channel is not allowed due to "graphical content and violence" which applies to other channels that are restricted at the prison.
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