A US citizen born in Honduras states in a federal lawsuit that he was illegally detained for days in a Louisiana prison because a sheriff falsely suspected he was illegally residing in the country.
Lawyers for the New Orleans-based American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed a lawsuit in Baton Rouge on behalf of Ramon Torres on Wednesday. It is reported that Torres was arrested on August 31, 2018, on suspicion of driving in Ascension Parish, after refusing a breath test. Ramon Torre's Ascension Parish Sheriff Torres office was released at its discretion on the following day, September 1
Born in 1988 in Honduras, was brought to the US as a child and became a citizen in 2009.
"He has a family, owns a home, and has been working in the local baton rouge industry for years," the lawsuit says. The lawsuit alleges that Torres was detained for having a brown skin color and a Latin American name.
Sheriff Bobby Webre and more than a dozen of his employees were named in the lawsuit as defendants.
Webre made a statement in which he said I learned of the lawsuit only when I was informed on Wednesday afternoon about a press release from the ACLU. "While I have not received this lawsuit yet, I deny these press claims from ACLU lawyers and offer a rigorous defense in court," he said, to compensate Torres and punish the sheriff's office.
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