ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Attorneys for the city of Annapolis, Maryland, are asking a federal judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit that contends the city has discriminated against people who live in public housing.

The Capital Gazette reports that attorneys say conditions of public housing aren’t exclusive to African Americans, so there can’t be racial discrimination.

The lawsuit relates to residents who live in public housing apartments that don’t require city inspection or licenses.

Lawyers for the city were responding to allegations outlined in a federal lawsuit filed by attorney Joseph Donahue on behalf of 29 residents.

The tenants contend the city has lower health and safety standards for public housing.

The lawsuit says those communities are primarily occupied by African Americans, because of polices of urban renewal that demolished many historic black neighborhoods.

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