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Milette repeatedly asked for her name, and accused her of lying about it. The plaintiff nervously laughed and said it was her name, and Nike Tech Fleece Jacket Milette slammed his hand down on the table to stop her laughter and called her a liar.

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The plaintiff was told to sit in a large conference room with four or five police officers. She wasn't told she was free to go, and wasn't asked at all about her daughter, according to the suit.

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The suit, filed Feb. 12 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, accuses officers from three agencies of racially profiling a Hispanic woman from Gaylord during a March 2012 incident that began with the arrest of the woman's daughter.

The lawsuit alleges police detained and interrogated the woman, Jesus Manuela Mendoza Sierra, because they suspected, based on her ethnicity, that she was in the country illegally. It also argues that recordings at the jail, including a joke referring to Hispanic inmates as "monkeys," demonstrate an officer's bias against Hispanic people.

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Officer Milette followed her into her bedroom and inspected her personal papers, including her green card, Mexican birth certificate and passport.

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While it's not clear if the inmates actually heard him speak, Nelson called it "evidence of his racial bias."

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Doeden then took the plaintiff's Minnesota Identification card, a state issued photo ID, and dispatch Nike Sports Jacket Womens

This is an important allegation because it implies that the plaintiff was being detained by police, not questioned with her consent. Constitution, which prohibits "unreasonable searches and seizures," said Teresa Nelson, legal director for the ACLU of Minnesota.

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at the monkeys!"

That marks the end of the ACLU's legal concerns over the plaintiff's treatment that afternoon, but the lawsuit also includes accounts gleaned from Milette's audio recording device later that day at the Sibley County Jail.

According to the lawsuit: "Plaintiff did not feel free to leave the area and at no time did Deputy Doeden or any other law enforcement officer tell her that she was free to leave."

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Eventually, she was asked for her immigration documents and said her papers establishing legal residency, called a green card, were at home.

Three of the defendants reached by The Free Press Tuesday said they couldn't comment. Seven officers are named by the lawsuit, in addition to two unnamed defendants who are believed to be Gaylord officers. Sibley County Attorney David Schauer said the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust would handle the county's defense. after a woman named Luz Maria Cisneros Mendoza allegedly used a false name at the bank. Gaylord police officer Jeff Milette approached the car and asked the woman to follow him to the police station.

While working on paperwork, he told other employees he'd like to make some popcorn, pull a chair in front of the lockup and say "Look at the monkeys! Look Nike Jacket Hoodie Grey

While the plaintiff opened the door and allowed the officers inside, this wasn't consent to enter the home, said Nelson, the ACLU legal director.

In an ACLU press release, cooperating attorney Albert Goins called it "the most blatant disregard of an individual based on ethnicity and national origin by police that I have seen" over 20 years of civil rights cases. The Mankato ACLU office contributed to the case.

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When the plaintiff tried to leave the police car, Doeden yelled and ordered her to sit in the car. He then drove her to the Gaylord police station.

A seizure, she said, can be of people or property.

The woman's passenger and mother was Jesus Manuela Mendoza Sierra, the plaintiff.

confirmed that it was valid and there were no warrants for her.

inside. She said she didn't want to go with him because she had to work.

At this point, Doeden allegedly asked Milette, the Gaylord officer, if the plaintiff was the person they wanted, but he was told no, that the driver was the only person they wanted.

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