Settlement reached on Olympic Peninsula Border Patrol stops
September 25th, 2013 - 5:38am
(Seattle) - The U.S. Border Patrol will share records of every traffic stop it makes in our area for the next year and a half with immigrant advocacy groups.
It's part of a settlement to a lawsuit that alleged agents were racially profiling people they pulled over on the Olympic Peninsula.
The agreement, filed Tuesday, settles a lawsuit filed last year by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. The lawsuit said people were pulled over and questioned for the way they looked and without reasonable suspicion.
As part of the settlement filed in federal court, the agency also agreed to retrain its agents on the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and requires warrants.
The Border Patrol, though, admits to no wrongdoing in the settlement.
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