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.