Border patrol sued, accused of profiling, harassment

NORWALK A class-action lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Toledo alleges U.S. Border C
Cory Frolik
May 24, 2010

NORWALK

A class-action lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Toledo alleges U.S. Border Control agents at the Sandusky station and police officers in Norwalk, Plymouth and Attica engaged in discriminatory and illegal racial profiling.

Without reasonable suspicion or probable cause, the suit contends, police officers and border patrol agents restrained, interrogated and arrested people solely because they looked Hispanic.

"In none of those local cases were the people ever ticketed or arrested for anything," said lead counsel Mark Heller

Comments

Betherella

WTF? Isn't that the point of their jobs? I hope they don't win that suit...they're beginning to take over everything in OUR country.

Erie County Resident

This lawyer must be an ambulance chaser to take this kind of a case on. He should be real proud of himself attacking his own country like this.

I would venture to guess the hispanic people involved in this lawsuit were dressed like, acted like, and were speaking nothing but spanish in public like illegal aliens would without ONE WORD OF IT IN ENGLISH!!!

Would make me take a closer look at them if I were doing my job right as a law enforecment officer.

If you don't want singled out then ACT like you belong in this country!!!

00SEVEN

PRESS 1 FOR ENGLISH
PRESS 2 FOR DEPORTATION

Kottage Kat

I agree, this is their job. Another frivilous lawsuit. And they will have to have an interpretor just to testify. Hope the lawyer speaks Spanish.

Mum-of-One

I hope an American is never racially profiled abroad.

Betherella

Mum, that's different. We can't go to other countries without passports and doing everything legally. But somehow people can get into our country easily. So these people are just sneaking in here, then rubbing our own laws in our faces. It's an insult. I can't believe we stand for this. America needs to stop being the nice guy when it comes to this, because it's hurting our country, and our economy.

Fireside

I thought they were also watching for those trouble making Canadians. I saw the boarder patrol boat in Sandusky Bay just this week! Goverment waste of money.

Ghost Town

Yep, looks like Obama "create more jobs" program is working. Now some bottom feeder attorney won't be out of a job and will make a quick 33% of any settlement.I wonder what would happen if I went to Mexico and tried to sue that country? I can hear the officials laughing as they threw my rear out into the street...or worse.

hancrack me up

I saw the Border Patrol truck sitting in the Taco Bell parking lot waaay out on Rt. 250 sitting there chit chatting with a Highway Patrol. 45 minutes later I was coming back & they were still both there, Thanks for all you do, Border Patrol.

marie

@ scullebutt:
That's more about drugs and terrorists.
Wait until the day they DON'T due their jobs because of all of this PC horse $h!+.......

Chung Lee

Chung Lee know first hand how this work. Chung Lee and a Messycan friend go out on boat to barge party and then go to Lyman to find girls. Find no girls so we go to take boat out of water and we were stopped by border patrol. Not very nice experience. No probably cause they were there to make trouble. They then make Chung Lee walk home throuh ghetto back to Chesapeake. Not Chung Lee see these MF guys living in the Chesapeake!

Anonymous

I wounder who the lawyer is ? sounds like the Border patrol was just doing their job to me.

My Opinion is...

Notice the words "Without reasonable suspicion or probable cause". This country is founded on basic freedoms against unreasonable search and siezure and so forth. Nowhere did it say the litigants were illegals. It reminds me of the time immediately following 9/11 where anyone who even appeared to be Middle Eastern or Muslim was racially profiled as a terrorist and persecuted. There are many hispanics in this area who are here legally and, therefore, afforded the privileges and freedoms the laws allow. I would love for someone on here to be racially profiled, held, interrogated and arrested without probable cause just because an officer was having a bad day and see how happy you are about it. Ted Bundy was a middle-aged white male and the Oklahoma City Bomber (the name escapes me at the moment) was a white male in his mid-20's, so all middle-aged white males and white males in their mid-20's should be held, interrogated and arrested based on the possibility of domestic terrorism. For that matter, everyone should be held, interrogated and arrested on the possibility they're illegal immigrants from Canada, or England, or anywhere! Do you see the issues here? Most people need to start looking both ways through the 2-way mirror of life, but rarely can anyone these days see past the end of their own nose.

NineMM

RE: 007........I like that. Burns me every time I contact unemployment and the first thing the recording says is, "To continue in English, Press 1."

I saw an interesting ad for U.S. Census takers.........24,000 part time census takers are needed in Ohio, with special consideration given to bi-lingual applicants.

Here's a thought.........Give Customs and Border Patrol the job. Let them weed them out that way. Give them something to do on their downtime.

You know the saying.......If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and talks like a duck.........

Betherella

http://www.directory.com.mx/immi...

Mexico has stricter immigration laws than we do. Kind of interesting facts in that webpage.

My Opinion is...

No matter how thin you pour a pancake, it still has two sides - just like any story. Person A is standing next to Person B, but if something happens in front of them they each have a different point of view

amurican

The most American thing a citizen can do is to question authority in order to ensure it is fair and just for EVERYONE.

These comments make me laugh, but they are really disheartening. This part of the country is so uneducated and ignorant. What will you say when law enforcement start profiling the poor, white, uneducated like your? Then it will be unconsitutional, right?

Kimo

re:My Opinion is... wrote on Dec 11, 2009 8:59 AM:

Yup.....

I was in a grocery store and saw a guy that
I know, that also speaks the same languages.
There was a border patrol guy buying cigarettes
at the register area.
Just for spits and giggles, I spoke to my friend in
Russian. He replied in English, "You trying to get
us thrown in jail".
The border patrol guy failed to see the humor.

Being an "ex smoker" I had the BP guy
profiled as a "not smart enough to quit".

So I guess it can work both ways.

Kimo

SP ck..
dropped...
I speak more than one language.
sbt

goofus

A dark day in the annals of blogdom, I totally agree with Chung Lee. We are living in a police state. We have the local P.D.,Erie County Sheriff's department, Ohio State Patrol, local F.B.I., U.S. Marshals, Border Patrol, and Homeland Security. I can give you the name of a white blue eyed blond attractive woman who was stopped by a border patrol officer for a traffic offense. What really scares me is Obama's wish for a national police force. We have way to many big brothers watching over our shoulders. I have had good friends that were policemen. However as a whole, I don't trust alot of them. I don't know why, my only contact has been a speeding ticket, but I hear horror stories about the cops constantly. Anybody else have the same story please respond. DON'T TAZE ME BRO

cashdummy

yes i would like to know who this lawyer is
being a business owner i have asked the border patrol not to come in to my business and question, interrogate, etc my customers,Without reasonable suspicion or probable cause.
i also feared because they were always on my property it would harm my business,chase customers away.
i now feel like northern ohio is becomming a military state , with the presance of govt officals on every street corner , store , etc
so who is this lawyer?

brutus smith

Another moment of silence. goofus I agree with most of what you say. Choke, choke choke.

Gardenman

I know some people who work in the area of these Border Patrol folks and they describe them as a "wild and crazy" group. I have seen some around the downtown area and quite a few look more like high school kids. Probably a place for folks to go if the have exited the military which is not a negative either.

They have so many vehiles they are parked in the Erie County office building garage and they have them spread even out to the Perkins Fire Station on Campbell street.....maybe they have offices out there too.

I think it fine for the lawsuite....it will be a very close look by superiors of Bordor Patrol and maybe these folks are doing just what they should be doing and that is fine. Maybe they are not following guidelines. Either way it puts them under the microscope and that is good with any government endeavor.....we are the taxpapers and we want to know things are being done correctly and efficiently at all times.

Chung Low

Ahh that chunglee she's at it again and she got the story mixed-up again here's what happened.....mira chunglee si usted no sabes lo que estas recuerdando no abres la boca llamame y yo te digo lo que yo se es la verdad!!

Chung Low

Happy Chanukah chunglee!!

Jack Imhoff

the huron coppers only harass white teenagers and old anglo women, they are afraid of criminals, burglars, and hispanics.

Rocketips Tesa

LOL I thought ChungLee was a %ag she/he must be a $esbo....

henart73

Way to go, Border Patrol!! We have at least 5 illegals listed in the police report every week, for no license.

goofus

A local Baptist pastor who was left bloodied and indignant Tuesday night after a stop at the Border Patrol's checkpoint on eastbound Interstate 8 wonders in a recent video, "Why is this happening in the United States of America?"

New Times readers who remember our February 2008 article on the infamous checkpoint know the answer: Because of a disputed -- but still potent -- U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

As the article states, the Border Patrol was granted an exception to normal Fourth Amendment procedures, allowing the agency to set up checkpoints with trained dogs on any road within 100 miles of the international border. Funding for drug-and-human-sniffing dogs increased after the 9/11 attacks, resulting in thousands of recreational pot users -- and few criminals or illegal immigrants -- getting busted at the Interstate 8 checkpoint.

Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, 2707 West Southern Avenue in Tempe, presumably doesn't use drugs or smuggle undocumented workers into the country. His offense was to demand a Constitutional right that doesn't apply near the border.

In a YouTube video Anderson made and posted yesterday, the pastor narrates a tale that should send chills down the spine of any American.

While driving through the checkpoint, located about 70 miles east of Yuma, a Border Patrol dog "alerted" to the pastor's vehicle, and agents instructed him to pull his car over to an inspection area. Anderson refused, claiming the dog had seemed mellow and that the agents had no right to search him. Agents blocked his path for an hour until an officer from the Arizona Department of Public Safety showed up, Anderson says.

Anderson's Web site photo
The lawmen broke his vehicle's windows with hammers, shot him with a Taser and threw him to the ground, he says.

"He's got his foot on my head," Anderson says of one officer. "I'm shot by more Tasers again... They're just torturing me with these Tasers again and again."

Anderson doesn't make it clear who's doing the brutalizing, whether Border Patrol agents or state troopers or both. His vehicle was searched, but no contraband was found, he says.

His forehead bleeding from cuts, Anderson was arrested and driven to an urgent care facility in Yuma. A DPS trooper ignored his desperate pleas to be allowed to urinate until Anderson was in pain, he says.

The pastor received 11 stitches and spent the night in jail. He has an arraignment tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Yuma, at which he'll plead not guilty to whatever charge they try to throw at him.

Perhaps God will be on his side, even if the Supreme Court isn't.

(Click here for 4/17/09 update).

Tags: baptist, border patrol, church, faithful word, fourth amendment, illegal immigration, marijuana, police brutality, search and seizure, steven anderson

goofus

I forgot, the article came from the Phoenix New Time. His dispute was illegal search and seizure 4th amendment rights. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the border patrols right to setting up roadblocks. The other strike against the Pastor is he is a conservative and public in his disdain for Obama. The new rule for dealing with border patrol is say you love Obama and a liberal.

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