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United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton III
Names Brian K. Coleman As Civil Rights Unit Chief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2014

Memphis, TN – Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, has named Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian K. Coleman to lead the district’s Civil Rights Unit.

U.S. Attorney Stanton created the dedicated Civil Rights Unit in February 2011, in order to enhance the ability of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to enforce federal civil rights laws in the Western District of Tennessee. The Civil Rights Unit prosecutes the full spectrum of federal civil rights crimes, including official misconduct, law enforcement corruption, human trafficking, and hate crimes. In addition, fair housing, fair lending, Americans with Disability Act, and Uniform Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act cases continue to remain a priority of the district. The Civil Rights Unit has received national acclaim for its dedicated efforts, including prominent recognition from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for its distinguished work in combatting human and sex trafficking.

Mr. Coleman has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Tennessee since 2008, specializing in public corruption and civil rights cases, including cases involving interstate stalking and criminal activities by members of law enforcement. As Unit Chief, Mr. Coleman will lead the implementation of the Unit’s strategic priorities and manage relationships with key federal, state, and local law enforcement partners and community stakeholders.

“As a state and federal prosecutor for over 11 years, Brian Coleman brings absolute professionalism and a tenacious desire for justice to every case he handles,” said United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton III. “I am confident that under his capable leadership, this District’s Civil Rights Unit will continue to work diligently to ensure that all Americans enjoy the rights and freedoms the Constitution guarantees them.”

Former Unit Chief Larry Laurenzi has been appointed to serve as First Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Tennessee.

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