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Tika Sumpter Calls Out North Carolina Government Officials After Mom Is Arrested for Overdue Library Book

Tika Sumpter and her mother (@tikasumpter/Instagram)

Tika Sumpter and her mother (@tikasumpter/Instagram)

Tika Sumpter urged her followers to participate in local elections after she revealed North Carolina police arrested her mother for an overdue library book.

The “Southside With You” actress shared the update on Twitter Monday, tweeting that Johnston County officers handcuffed Janice Acquista and took her into custody because Acquista had incurred a $10 late fee for an overdue library book.

“An overdue book should never result in a warrant,” Sumpter continued. She called the incident a “legal scam.” Then, she tagged North Carolina’s Twitter account and Smithfield Library, where the book was allegedly not returned. Sumpter also included Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper in the message.

Her sister, singer Chauna Sumpter, saw the entire arrest along with her daughter. “[The North Carolina government] ought to be [ashamed].

The actress’s tweet attracted much attention from social media. Many were outraged by Acquista’s treatment.

Shikela called the situation “crazy.”

Ebony declared the state should take pleasure in the fact that citizens still visit the library.

While NewsOne Now host Roland Martin, a vocal voting advocate, shared the absurdity of Acquista’s arrest.

Sumpter later implored the public to take local elections just as seriously as presidential ones.

She also said the cops treated her mom “like a criminal” over a late fee.

“Libraries now put out warrants,” Sumpter wrote in response to a reaction tweet.

Finally, the star confirmed authorities ultimately released Acquista.

“Every cop at the jail thought it was absolutely ridiculous,” she added.

Then, Sumpter revealed her mother actually returned the overdue book, but a librarian never recorded it in the system.

However, Sumpter’s call for citizens to pay attention to local elections rings true in light of North Carolina’s voter suppression mandates. Atlanta Black Star reported three justices in the state’s 4th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously agreed that lawmakers’ 2013 voter ID law suppressed Black votes. The Court of Appeals overturned the rule, which violated both the federal constitution and the Voting Rights Act, in July.

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