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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 08:12 AM

Latino Men Thrown in Jail for 39 Days -- No Charges, No Hearing, No Probable Cause

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Courthouse News / By Cameron Langford

Texas Sheriff Threw Latino Men in Jail for 39 Days -- No Charges, No Hearing, No Probable Cause
Jail for breathing while brown in Texas.

April 2, 2013 |


WACO, Texas (CN) - A Texas sheriff threw two Latino men into jail for 39 days "with no charges, no hearing, and no probable cause" and seized the $14,000 they had saved up to buy a new car, the men claim in Federal Court.

Roberto Moreno-Gutierrez and Jaime Moreno-Gutierrez sued Hill County, the Hill County Sheriff's Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, in Federal Court. Hill County, whose seat is Hillsboro, is between Waco and Dallas.

"On March 31, 2011, plaintiffs Roberto Moreno-Gutierrez and Jaime Moreno-Gutierrez left their home in Killeen, Texas and were traveling to a car dealership in Plano, Texas to purchase a vehicle, specifically a 2007 Nissan Maxima Hybrid Electric Vehicle," the complaint states.

"Defendant Jaime Moreno-Gutierrez, having sold a prior vehicle, a 2004 GMC Envoy, for nine thousand and no/100ths ($9,000.00) dollars, part cash and part check and combining his money with a loan of four thousand and no/100ths ($4,000.00) dollars, had gathered together over fourteen thousand and no/100ths ($14,000.00) dollars in cash and checks for the purchase, which is confirmed by Hill County Jail property receipts." ...................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.alternet.org/texas-sheriff-threw-latino-men-jail-39-days-no-charges-no-hearing-no-probable-cause



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grilled onions Apr 2013 #2
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lunasun Apr 2013 #3
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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 08:20 AM

1. Outrageous.

But somehow, whatever the violation, no cop ever seems to get punished.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 08:26 AM

2. if they had been blonde haired,blued eyed

would we even have a story?

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Response to grilled onions (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 08:28 AM

4. No, because none of this likely would have happened, n'est-ce pas?

nt

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 08:27 AM

3. Jail for breathing while brown in Texas.

Maybe it was the fact they were going to buy a Hybrid Electric Vehicle that pushed the cop in TX over the top

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 08:31 AM

5. Cue the Autoritarian Apology Squad.

I hope these gentleman sue Hill County and it's sheriff dept. several million dollars past bankrupt.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 09:20 AM

6. It was a state trooper who did the arresting. The sheriff is not named

The plaintiffs are represented by a lawyer from the other end of Texas. The article doesn't say where they live (in Texas). The suit names the state trooper department and sheriff's office.


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The men claim Texas State Trooper Carl R. Clary pulled them over, driving a K-9 unit.

"The trooper provided no traffic violation information or reason for the stop to the plaintiffs," the complaint states. "The trooper requested driver licenses from both plaintiffs, which he then took to his patrol unit. Upon returning, he requested to search the vehicle. Consent was given, and he then brought out his dog. After a search, the dog was put in its kennel. No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle or on the plaintiffs. ....

They are represented by Cary Toland of Brownsville.


Trooper Clary is not a party to the complaint.

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