Immigrants’ rights group files suit against Frederick County Sheriff’s Office


FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WDVM)–The immigrants’ rights groups, RISE, has filed suit against the sheriff’s office in Frederick County, Maryland, accusing the sheriff and two deputies for racially profiling a Latina woman.

A deputy pulled over Sara Medrano in 2018 for an alleged broken taillight, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the organization representing RISE and Medrano. The lawsuit states the deputy detained Medrano for an hour while attempting to contact an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officer

“After she was done with her detention — being detained — there was no broken tail light,” said Sergio España of the ACLU, “but they use it as an excuse so that once she was stopped, to ask for her immigration status — to get a sense of what country she was born.”

Response from Sheriff Chuck Jenkins of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

In 2008, Sheriff Jenkins entered into a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, and its sub-agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to form a 287(g) agreement.

Through the 287(g) program, state and local police officers collaborate with the ICE to enforce federal immigration laws.

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