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Crime Grand Rapids approves settlement with Veteran detained by ICE

21:55  13 november  2019
21:55  13 november  2019 Source:   fox17online.com

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids City Commissioners approved a deal to settle a lawsuit by the family of a U.S. citizen who was wrongly detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year.

a man wearing a helmet: Jilmar Ramos-Gomez© WXMI-TV/TNS Jilmar Ramos-Gomez

In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the commission signed off on a $190,000 payment to Jilmar Ramos-Gomez. The Marine Veteran was arrested on November 21, 2018, after police say he started a fire in a stairwell, and broke through security to get to the helipad.

Despite having his driver’s license and passport, Grand Rapids Police Captain Mark VanderKooi contacted federal agents about the case. In an email to ICE, VanderKooi asked for a check of Ramos-Gomez’s immigration status, calling him at one point, “loco.”

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An internal investigation exonerated Captain VanderKooi, since he was serving as liasion to ICE, but an appeal to the Civilian Appeals Board overturned that decision. City Manager Mark Washington decided to suspend VanderKooi for 20 hours without pay.

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Latino war veteran files $1M claim for immigration arrest .
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers for a Latino American war veteran who was wrongfully detained by immigration agents in Michigan have filed a $1 million claim against the U.S. government for his three days in custody. Jilmar Ramos-Gomez is a Michigan-born U.S. citizen. Yet he was taken into custody after his release a year ago from a Kent County, Michigan, jail for an alleged crime. The American Civil Liberties Union says Ramos-Gomez’ “shocking mistreatment” only exacerbated his post-traumatic stress disorder from his service as a Marine in Afghanistan.Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to comment Wednesday.

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