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Illegal Sues, Gets Payday, Because Cop Detained Him For Border Patrol

Mexican national Gabriel Gomez was detained by authorities after a crash he didn't cause and sued the city of Spokane

Spokane, Wash. – An illegal immigrant was paid a settlement after an officer detained him to help enforce his immigration status.

The city of Spokane paid $49,000 to Mexican national Gabriel Gomez as part of a settlement for the a lawsuit.

The settlement was finalized Jan. 9 and also has the city of Spokane changing its policies to make it clear that police officers will not question or detain people to enforce federal immigration laws, KREM-TV reported.

The Spokesman-Review reported that Mayor David Condon approved the settlement.

Gomez was driving Aug. 24, 2014 when he was hit by a minivan that failed to yield the right of way, according to Gomez’s attorneys.

The attorneys claimed the police officer who showed up at the scene had contacted the United States Border Patrol to ask if they had interest in Gomez, who is Latino. His attorneys claim he was singled out due to his race.

Officials said the officer issued a citation to the other driver and let them leave the scene. Gomez was then detained at the scene until Border Patrol arrived and took him into custody.

The attorneys said that Gomez has a pending application for legal status to remain in the U.S. Gomez’s attorneys said he was injured but didn’t receive medical attention.

Instead, the Border Patrol took him into custody and he was moved by immigration officials to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Gomez remained there until he posted bond.

The lawsuit claimed that city policies allow police officers to unlawfully seize people to investigate and enforce immigration violations, according to KREM.

Non-federal law enforcement officers in the U.S. generally cannot enforce immigration law without being granted extra authority from both the federal government and their agency. While calling immigration authorities would be legal, prolonged detentions for immigration enforcement is not.

The city has agreed to modify its policies to clarify that police “shall not contact, question, delay, detain or arrest an individual because s/he is suspected of violating immigration laws,” according to KREM.

“I have lived in this community for many years, and to suddenly have the police turn against me after being a victim in the accident really turned my life upside down,” said Gomez. “I am happy for this settlement. I want to be able to trust the police.”

@NFPD103 sounds like you're aiming for bigger government. Isn't that against conservative tenets?

Liberal puke scumbags!

So, if an officer sees someone that matches the description of a wanted fugitive, they couldn't detain them? That's what this guy is, an illegal IS a fugitive! The officer SHOULD have been able to arrest him, rather then detain him!

Maybe the person driving the minivan can sue Gomez. Even though they were at fault in the accident. But maybe they can word it in such a way that they can claim that there would have never been an accident in the first place if Gomez wasn't allowed to drive around the city while he is here illegally.

Hey, it's SPOKANE. Get over it! Give him his money (in pesos), have him pay for a one way ticket on a plane back to Mexico.
Then cuff him to the armrest, and mail the key to the Mexican airport he flies into.

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