McHenry County sued over detention following traffic stop


A McHenry County resident filed suit last week against the county and three sheriff’s deputies for allegedly questioning his immigration status and holding him in jail overnight despite proof of citizenship.

The Chicago Reporter wrote about this issue in March/April 2009 issue.

We found that a disproportionately high number of Latino immigrants in the six-county area were being stopped for traffic violations.

Here are the communities with the highest disparities from that investigation:

The last week’s suit filed by Edward Bustos, a Mexican immigrant who came to the country legally and later served in the U.S. military, claims that he was taken into custody after being stopped for an alleged headlight violation.

Three deputies questioned Bustos’ citizenship status, told him he would
be detained on an immigration hold because he was not born in the U.S. and ignored Bustos when he told them he had his military
identification, the suit said.

EdwardBustos Lawsuit

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