Mississippi Mayor Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Violations

Jackson, Miss., Mayor Frank Melton has been indicted on federal civil rights violations connected to the tearing down a private home in 2006.

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the Melton's indictment. Also named in the indictments are Melton's two bodyguards, Jackson police officers Michael Recio and Marcus Wright.

Grace Chung Becker of the Justice Department said the three men were charged in a conspiracy to tear down a private home in Jackson and thereby violate the civil rights of the owner and resident of that home.

In April 2007, all three men were acquitted of state charges that they used sledgehammers and sticks to demolish a duplex Melton considered a drug house.

Melton's attorney, Dale Danks, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.