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ACLU lawsuit accuses BCSO deputies of racial profiling

David Lynch
December 06, 2017 06:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The American Civil Liberties Union announced Wednesday it is suing the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office due to alleged racial profiling on the part of deputies.

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The ACLU is representing Sherese Crawford, an African American woman and ICE agent who was working in New Mexico earlier this year. The lawsuit alleges Crawford was pulled over three times by deputies in less than a month "with no probable cause or reasonable suspicion that she was breaking the law."

Two of those traffic stops were conducted by the same deputy. The first stop was due to a deputy claiming the vehicle Crawford was driving came back as stolen when he looked up the license plate. The second stop, the ACLU says, was due "to alleged tailgating," and the third stop was by a deputy "alleging she was driving too slow."

None of the traffic stops resulted in a warning or citation given to Crawford, the ACLU says.

"Racial discrimination has no place in New Mexico, and BCSO must take immediate action to ensure that this behavior does not continue," said Kristin Greer Love, staff attorney for the New Mexico chapter of the ACLU, in a statement.

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