Immigrant’s Arrest

A federal court in New York ruled that a Mexican immigrant may pursue his false arrest and Equal Protection claims against police officers who arrested him during a traffic stop. The immigrant was a passenger in the stopped vehicle, and at the time of the arrest, none of the officers had any evidence of the plaintiff’s immigration status, they only knew that he primarily spoke Spanish and “appeared Hispanic.”

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Beaten Over a Tomato

A man who was arrested and beaten by an off-duty police officer after a Walmart store’s loss prevention officer believed she saw him shoplifting a tomato may pursue his false imprisonment claim against the store, a Georgia appeals court ruled. The man had paid for his groceries, including the tomato, but believed he had been overcharged for the tomato and had gone back to the produce department to weigh it.

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Blind Trombonist

Eryk Radical, a blind trombonist and music student at Georgia State University, sued the Atlanta Police Department and Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in federal court, claiming they illegally harassed, arrested and imprisoned him for playing his trombone in public, which is “explicitly allowed … under local municipal and county codes.”

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Workers Snared in Tennessee Raid Sue ICE Agents

Seven slaughterhouse workers who were caught up in a workplace immigration raid in Tennessee last year filed a class action Thursday against the federal agents who carried it out, claiming they were racially profiled and arrested using a warrant that only authorized a search for documents.

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California Man Says He Was Run Out of Texas Town

A California man who went to a small South Texas town to visit a woman he’d met on Facebook claims he was detained for no reason by the town’s police chief, who put him on a bus back to California after telling him, “You are not welcome here, you gotta go.”

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