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Troubling Videos Show ICE Agents Arresting A Man In A Denver Courthouse

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock recently wrote a letter pleading with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to respect the courts and schools of Denver. The move comes after ICE agents detained people at Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse and after a raid conducted near Colorado High School Charter in March, according to The Denver Post.

This week, videos have surfaced on YouTube which show ICE agents arresting an undocumented man at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse as people plea for police officers to intervene.

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On April 6, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock wrote a letter that was endorsed by Denver County officials asking for ICE agents to stop the practice of arresting people at courthouses and schools. Part of the complaint in the letter is that ICE agents were referring to themselves as police officers instead of ICE agents. Hancock believes ICE strategy erodes the trust a community is supposed to have in local law enforcement.

“Identifying yourselves as ‘police’ confuses and erodes the trust between our local police and the immigrant community endangering the community at large,” the letter reads. “Again, Denver’s concerns in this regard are being increasingly expressed by city leaders and local law enforcement officials elsewhere in the United States.”

ABC7 Denver reports that the videos were posted on YouTube under the direction of Meyer Law Office, which represents several undocumented immigrants.

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According to ABC 7 Denver, Meyer Law Office posted the videos to prove that ICE has no interest or intent of cooperating with local law enforcement. Attorney Hans Meyer argues ICE is showing a complete disregard for the requests made by local officials.

“We have reached a major crossroads here,” Meyer told ABC7 Denver.

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Meyer added: “The mayor, the city council, they need to step up and pass substantive sanctuary policy and do it now.”

The arrest shown below was conducted at the very courthouse the Denver mayor mentioned in his letter to ICE.

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According to The Denver Post, another video of a man being arrested on May 5 is raising more questions. Matthew Keller, who is an attorney for Meyer Law Office, was with the man and told The Denver Post that the ICE agents involved did not produce a warrant. Instead, they handed him a piece of paper with the contact information for their public information officer.

An ICE spokesman has defended the move to start arresting undocumented immigrants at courthouses, saying that ICE doesn’t consider them to be sensitive locations — despite what the mayor of Denver says.

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“We asked them to respect sensitive locations and take measures around these sensitive areas so as not to potentially put bystanders at risk, hinder the prosecution of crimes, or compromise our police-community relationships vital to public safety,” the mayor’s spokeswoman Jenna Espinoza told The Denver Post, while confirming that ICE has not responded to the mayor yet. “We will continue to drive a clear and unwavering message to ICE that this is not the right approach and they must find another route to enforcing immigration laws.”

You can watch the videos of the arrests below: the arrest made on April 28.

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The arrest made on May 5.


READ: His Wife Had To Stop Him From Going Back To Work Since He Only Has 30 Days Before ICE Takes Him Back

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Out Of More Than Two Hundred NYC Students Handcuffed In 2016 Only Three Were Not Black Or Latino

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Out Of More Than Two Hundred NYC Students Handcuffed In 2016 Only Three Were Not Black Or Latino

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New information is out this week from the New York Civil Liberties Union, the city’s branch of the ACLU. They’re a group dedicated to protecting the civil liberties and the civil rights of New Yorkers. The report they released this week is an analysis of data recorded by the NYPD showing that police disproportionately handcuff Black and Latino students.

If this feels a little like “Um, duh, we’ve been saying this for years,” – well you’re not alone.

While trying to quantify racial inequality and systemic racism with numbers and figures is important for larger conversations and action to take place, this one does feel like a no-brainer. The NYPD has had an issue with handcuffing minors for a while. A glaring example of this is when a 7-year-old boy from the Bronx was handcuffed and interrogated over “a playground dispute involving $5” back in 2013. Since then, laws have changed to allow data to be gathered into reports like the one put out by the NYCLU. With this new report out however, social media definitely responded.

But first, the data.

The report, out this week, collected and analyzed data that the NYPD had previously never collected or released to the public. Because of amendments to current student safety laws passed in 2015, the NYPD is now required to collect data on arrests and handcuff usage on students. This information was then taken by the NYCLU and broken down by the racial background of students who were handcuffed in crisis situations. These crisis situations are defined in the the NYCLU website:

“A “child in crisis” incident is one where a student “displaying signs of emotional distress” is removed from the classroom and taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation.”

The report goes on further to describe the actual numbers collected. They’re both shocking and unfortunately all too familiar:

“In 2016, there were 262 “child in crisis” incidents where handcuffs were used – and 99 percent of those incidents involved Black or Latino children.”

For those of us not doing the math, that’s 3 students out of 262 that were handcuffed who were not Black or Latino.

The NYCLU twitter account posted about their analysis.


The responses began immediately. Some were sarcastic.


Many were just angry.

https://twitter.com/ElvaF2009/status/862018322501517312


And  some were just hurt.


There were those that thought the data was justified, however.


Tweets aside, the analysis of this data is extremely important, albeit obvious.

One really important point in the NYCLU report that can’t be overlooked is:

“More must be done to eliminate extreme racial disparities in who is arrested and given summonses, to cut back on the number of children who are unnecessarily handcuffed and to curtail the NYPD’s role in school discipline.”

As obvious as it seems that this is occurring, documentation, data and analysis is a key part of understanding the problem so change can indeed occur.


READ: ACLU Warns Texas Has Become A “Show Me Your Papers State”


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