Community Members to File Formal Racial Profiling Complaints Against City, County and Federal Agencies
FARMINGTON–In the wake of the Supreme Court Decision on Arizona, residents of San Juan County and members of Somos Un Pueblo Unido (Somos) will hold a press conference to announce the filing of several racial profiling complaints against local and federal law enforcement agencies and to call upon San Juan County officials to stop Arizona-style policies that erode trust between police and immigrant communities.
Somos, a statewide civil and immigrants’ rights organization, will file six bias-based policing complaints against the Farmington Police Department and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department for changing the scope of an investigation based on race, national origin, and language in order to inquire about immigration status–a violation of New Mexico’s Prohibition of Bias-based Policing Act (passed in 2009). The group will also submit official administrative complaints to the Deparment of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and its Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties regarding the misuse of ICE Detainers by federal agents at the San Juan County Adult Detention Facility and civil rights abuses at DWI/immigration checkpoints.
What: Press Conference
Where: St. Mary Parish (2100 E. 20th St. Farmington, NM 87401)
When: Wednesday, July 11th at 2:00 PM
Featured Participants: Somos staff & several community members who will discuss the details of their racial profiling complaints