ACLU Urges State Police To Investigate Racial Profiling Incident

U.S. citizen of Mexican origin illegally detained and turned over to border patrol by state police officer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Michigan State Police (MSP) to investigate a racial profiling incident in which an officer illegally detained a United States citizen and turned him over to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) because of his appearance and language skills. The Grand Rapids resident had his car impounded and was handcuffed until CBP officers arrived even though he produced a valid license and repeatedly insisted he was a citizen. “The illegal arrest of Tiburcio Briceno was not an innocent mistake made by an officer,” said Miriam Aukerman, ACLU of Michigan staff attorney. “Rather, this is a predictable consequence of local and state police attempting to enforce complicated immigration laws through racial profiling and ethnic stereotyping. There is nothing more un-American than denying an innocent citizen his fundamental freedom.”

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