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How ICE Uses Secret Police Databases to Arrest Immigrants

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Luis Vicente Pedrote-Salinas filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was targeted by ICE agents for deportation because he was wrongly listed in a Chicago police department gang database. Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

Luis Vicente Pedrote-Salinas filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was targeted by ICE agents for deportation because he was wrongly listed in a Chicago police department gang database. Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

by Christie Thompson

August 28, 2017

Courtesy of The Marshall Project

In 2011, then 19-year-old Luis Vicente Pedrote-Salinas was leaving a relative’s house and getting into his car when he was stopped by Chicago police. Officers found an unopened can of beer in the cupholder and booked him for underage drinking. He spent a night in jail, and the charges were dropped.

But that wasn’t the end of it: The police who arrested Pedrote-Salinas were out on a “gang suppression mission” that night and added his name to their citywide database of suspected gang members.Officers said he admitted to being a member of the Latin Kings; he claims they lied and that he’s never been a member of any gang.

How ICE Uses Secret Police Databases to Arrest Immigrants

 

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