Alfred and Deborah Patterson, of Elm Avenue in Lindenwold, have filed a lawsuit against Councilman Joseph Strippoli and the Borough of Lindenwold.
The Patterson's are an interracial couple and claim they have been the victims of discrimination and harassment by the councilman and the Borough.
The Patterson's have been living in the same house on Elm Avenue since 2003. Deborah Patterson claims that when they moved into the home, the councilman asked her "why she had to go an marry someone like her husband, referring to the fact that he was African American," as mentioned in the lawsuit.
Strippoli lives on Linden Avenue and can see the Patterson's backyard from his house, the lawsuit states.
The couple claims the police have been called to their home 17 times and code enforcement agents at least 15 times for reasons that others in the neighborhood have never been bothered for, as stated in the court document that appears on www.courthousenews.com.
The Patterson's are asking for compensatory and punitive damages totaling 100K.
Strippoli is a 30-year-resident of Lindenwold. He was the mayor of Lindenwold from 1988-1991 and was elected to town council in 1999.
NBC10 reached out to Strippoli for comment and will update with a statement if and when we receive a response.