On Feb. 28, like many other dads, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was dropping off his daughter at school. But what should have been a typical day ended up being a horrific nightmare for his entire family and it was all caught on tape.
You might remember the viral video that 14-year-old Fatima Avelica-Gonzalez took on her cellphone. She captured the moment immigration officials detained her dad.
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While Avelica-Gonzalez was detained due of two prior convictions (receiving a stolen vehicle registration tag in 1998 and a 2008 DUI case) the community’s support for his release was palpable. His daughter’s cries in the video painted a clear picture of just how tragic it is when families are torn apart. Her quick thinking, which led to recording the incident, helped her dad, too.
Six months after his detainment, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez has just posted bail.
Atty: Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, picked up by ICE after dropping off one of his daughters at school in Lincoln Heights, is getting out on bond pic.twitter.com/tui4eOh6E3
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“The judge studied his case…and decided he was not a flight risk or a threat to the community and granted him a reasonable bond of $6,000,” Avelica-Gonzalez’s attorney Alan Diamante said to the Los Angeles Daily News.
However, his release is just the beginning of his case. He still faces deportation.
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His attorney said the judge felt that Avelica-Gonzalez could be with his family while his case is pending.
His lawyer also said that if it wasn’t for Fatima, her father’s story would never have been known.
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“I have to give a lot of credit to Fatima that recorded the incident of his arrest which went viral. It was an act of resistance, and I’m hopeful that more people will do that. In a democracy, we need people to speak out when they see injustice,” Avelica-Gonzalez’s attorney said a press conference after Wednesday’s hearing.