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February 19, 2013

Update: ACLU sues Gaylord Police and Sibley County Sheriff


Racial profiling alleged

Nelson said the police officers' actions that day show they never believed the plaintiff committed a crime. Only a lawful resident can obtain a Minnesota ID card, and the officers had no basis to suspect it was a forgery, she said.

And even if they'd suspected it was a fake, they never checked the Minnesota Identification Database to verify it, she said.

"There was simply no basis for them to think that she had fraudulently obtained a state ID," Nelson said.

The defendants in the case have 20 days to file a complaint, she said. The plaintiff has requested that a jury, not a judge, hear the case.


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