ACLU Suing Sarpy County for Alleged False Imprisonment of Papillion Man

ACLUA Nebraska civil rights group is suing Sarpy County on behalf of a man who says he was jailed for four days because sheriff’s deputies wrongly believed he was an illegal immigrant.

The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says 48-year-old Ramon Mendoza, of Papillion, was jailed in March 2010. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Sarpy County District Court, Mendoza says he was pulled over and arrested by a sheriff’s deputy for not having a valid driver’s license or proof of car insurance.

The lawsuit says Mendoza was not allowed to call his family or a lawyer and that law enforcement officials used racial slurs to address him. It also says officials ignore a naturalization certificate, Social Security card and other documents provided by his family.

  • Outraged in Papillion

    The Sarpy County sheriff should be sued. Both for this atrocity and covering up the drive by shooting on Lakewood Drive in Papillion in June 2007. No arrests have been made.

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