The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) badge.
A black female federal immigration agent in New Mexico accused a police department of racial profiling after being repeatedly pulled over by police officers with no probable cause.
A lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico on behalf of Sherese Crawford, p. 38. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation agent, accused the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department of racial profiling.
The agent claims to have stopped three times – twice by the same deputy with no probable cause. She was first stopped in April on suspicion of driving a stolen car, despite the use of a vehicle that by its agency, the lawsuit said.
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Rael pulled over Crawford later that month for tailgating. Rael recognized the name of the agent and said that an officer with her federal agency and a sheriff’s deputy present at the first stop, ” she said, and she had an “attitude,” the lawsuit claimed.
The sheriff’s deputy stopped the agent again days later, this time for driving too slow. None of the stops resulted in warnings or citations.
“Our principal is a talented fbi agent that was intended for driving while black,” said ACLU of New Mexico lawyer Kristin Greer Love. “BCSO illegally and repeatedly stopped her because they fit a racial profile. The targeting of people because of the color of their skin is unconstitutional and bad policing.”
“Targeting people because of the color of their skin is unconstitutional and bad policing.”
– Kristin Greer Love, attorney for the ACLU of New Mexico
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department declined to comment amid an ongoing lawsuit. The department takes seriously any accusation of racial profiling in policing, and the delegates who witness such incidents are required to report to the supervisors.
The lawsuit comes as the Bernalillo County deputies are under scrutiny by civil rights groups and activists following the involvement in nine shootings in four months.
Sheriff Manuel Gonzales was also criticized after saying no to him data to say that body cameras on deputies, the society would have to make it safer.
He told the media last month that he objected to the body cameras because the media would use the images to criticize his officers, adding that the video evidence “shows a skewed, one-sided story, and I think that’s a disservice to the whole community.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.