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Sheriff’s Departments in California Under Investigation for Treatment of Black Residents

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sheriff’s deputies in the  Los Angeles area  are accused of unlawfully targeting black residents in public housing, the Associated Press reports.

Deputies for the Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff’s Departments are under investigation for allegedly making unnecessary stops, seizures and force.

The findings follow a two-year investigation, the AP reported.

“While our investigation showed significant problems in LASD’s Antelope Valley stations, we are confident that we will be able to reach an agreement that will provide meaningful and sustainable reform,” Roy Austin Jr., deputy assistant attorney general, told the AP.

Border Patrol Agents Accused of Targeting Latinos

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Border Patrol agents in Northern Ohio are accused of targeting Latinos and using racial slurs to describe them, WXYC NBC 3 reports.

The station reported that two federal lawsuits claims Latinos are targeted solely based on their race or appearance.

“Agents…are engaged in a pattern or practice of restraining, interrogating, and arresting persons regarding their  immigration status based on their being Hispanic,” attorneys wrote, in a 2009 lawsuit. “These seizures and interrogations have taken place in bus stations, gas stations, retail establishments, during traffic stops, (and) at soccer games.”

In court records, the Border Patrol denied any wrongdoing.

ACLU: FBI Is Secretly Profiling Muslims, Latinos, African-Americans and Others

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ACLU is blasting the FBI for using an alleged secret racial and ethnic mapping program to profile Muslims in Michigan, black people in Georgia, Chinese-Americans in California and Latinos in several states, Huffington Post reports.

“What we’ve uncovered through over 15,000 documents from 34 states around the country already shows, as you mentioned, that communities of diverse backgrounds — racial, ethnic and religious communities — are being targeted for intelligence collection and investigation, based on nothing more than bias and stereotypes about what communities have a propensity to commit certain crimes,” Nusrat Choudhury, a staff attorney at the ACLU National Security Project, told Huffington Post.

The FBI couldn’t be reached immediately this morning for comment.

Police in Georgia Prepare to Enforce Show-Me-Your-Papers Law

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police in Georgia are prepared to start enforcing the state’s controversial “show-me-your-papers law” after a federal judge lifted an injunction on it, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The law allows police to check the immigration status of suspects. Anyone believed to be in the country illegally can be detained, the Journal-Constitution reported.

Aimed at pushing illegal immigrants out of the state, critics say the law is unconstitutional and would lead to racial profiling, the Journal-Constitution wrote.

Immigration rights groups said they will be on the lookout for abuse.

“Any type of violations of individuals’ rights — including prolonged detention — is something we will be looking for, documenting and will bring back to court,” Karen Tumlin, a managing attorney for the National Immigration Law Center, told the Journal-Constitution.

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California Champions Bill to Protect Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While Arizona and Alabama impose tough crackdowns on illegal immigration, California lawmakers are creating a bill that would protect many illegal immigrants, Reuters reports.

California lawmakers are crafting a bill that would bar local police from referring a detainee to immigration officials unless he or she has been convict of a serious felony.

“California cannot afford to become another Arizona,” said California Assembly member Tom Ammiano, the bill’s sponsor, according to Reuters.

Critics of the crackdowns in Alabama and Arizona say they lead to unconstitutional racial profiling.

Hispanics in Arizona worry about racial profiling

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hispanics in Arizona protested outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, expressing concern that they’ll be subjected to racial profiling following Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Bloomberg reports.

While the court struck down three provisions of the Arizona immigration law, the justices left intact the requirement that local police check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.

“People are living in fear,” said Ovalle, 32, a U.S. citizen who volunteers with Puente Movement, an immigrant-rights group in a state that has become the epicenter of the nationwide battle over illegal migration, Bloomberg reports. “It is criminalizing brown skin.”

Concern Over San Fran Police Cooperating With FBI

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The relationship between the FBI and the San Francisco Police Department is coming under some scrutiny by civil rights advocates and local legislators, reports the San Francisco Examiner.

Supervisor Jane Kim introduced an ordinance Tuesday to prohibit police that work with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force from collecting information about locals without a “reasonable suspicion of criminal activity,” according to the Examiner. The law, Kim said, is necessary in preventing racial profiling and protect citizens’ rights.

Greg Suhr, the city’s police chief, said the law was unnecessary, adding that the concerns had been addressed already by department orders implemented last year.

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Fla. Cop Gets Three Years for Targeting, Stealing From Hispanic Drivers

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Racial profiling might seem lucrative, but the cost of doing business will eventually catch up.

A Florida police officer who was arrested for stealing cash from Hispanics he pulled over was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday, reports the Miami Herald.

Mark Ott’s sentence comes eight months after a joint undercover sting between the FBI and local law enforcement agencies caught him illegally confiscating between $35 and $400 from Hispanic men he had pulled over between February and May of last year, the Herald reported.

Ott targeted most of the men after the left local check cashing stores, prosecutors had found. In May Ott stopped an undercover sheriff’s deputy and an FBI agent posing as a driver and a passenger, confiscating the driver’s wallet and swiping $150 of $400 of photocopied bills in the wallet, according to the Herald.

The sentence was part of a plea deal in which Ott plead guilty to five felony charges of evidencing prejudice while committing robbery. Ott will also repay $1,780 to victims as part of the deal.

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