Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Monday, 31 August 2015
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
Monday
Low  66°
High 97°
Tuesday
Low  70°
High 96°
Wednesday
Low  69°
High 97°
Thursday
Low  70°
High 98°
Friday
Low  68°
High 95°
Saturday
Low  68°
High 90°
Sunday
Low  63°
High 89°
Current Temperature in Liberal KS is 58°  
KSCB Radio News US National Business Health & Science Political World Sports Top NPR Headlines Sports National Headlines
Liberal Pair Allege Racial Profiling In New Mexico
05/28/2010

Two Liberal residents have accused police of racial profiling and of improperly seizing $57,000 in cash from them after they were pulled over for speeding on an eastern New Mexico highway.

Carlos Portillo and his cousin, both of Liberal, filed a lawsuit May 14 in state District Court in Santa Fe after being stopped on U.S. 54 in Tucumcari driving 10 miles over the speed limit on their way from Kansas to El Paso, Texas.

The lawsuit against the city of Tucumcari, state police Chief Faron Segotta and unnamed state and city officers said no speeding ticket was issued but the pair was detained and property was taken from them.

The complaint asks a judge to order police to account for and return all property seized, including the money. It also seeks undisclosed damages.

Portillo, who was born in the U.S., was carrying $59,000 in cash to buy farming equipment at an auction, according to the lawsuit filed by Santa Fe attorney Stephen Aarons.

After police stopped Portillo on May 2, authorities seized clothes, Portillo's boots, the car and most of the cash, the lawsuit said. Tucumcari is on Interstate 40 about 40 miles from the Texas border.

"Inexplicably, the police officers returned $2,000 from plaintiff Portillo's wallet to him for spending money, drove plaintiffs to a nearby hotel and provided a receipt for property seized by the city police ... except for the U.S. currency," the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit alleges several officers divided the cash among themselves, intending to keep it "with no record of having seized a large sum."

The lawsuit listed the amount as $47,000, but the complaint will be amended to correct that to $57,000.

A police inventory lists only the boots and the car. A box labeled "other" is checked under the reason for items being seized, there's no mention of the money,

The lawsuit contends speeding is "not an arrestable offense" but Portillo "appeared to be a Mexican national to the police officer" who detained the couple without probable cause because they "fit some sort of profile in violation of their civil rights" against unreasonable search and seizure.

Other officers, including state police officers, arrived and searched the vehicle with a drug-sniffing dog but found nothing, the lawsuit said.

© Copyright Associated Press
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Guymon PD Needs Help Locating Suspect
Taxi Driver Robbed, Liberal Teens Invovled
Letter From Seward County Regarding Saturday's Enduro Races
Ulysses Woman Charged With Murder, Child Abuse
Liberal's Kuhnel Tops Baseball America List
Liberal Native Looks To Bring Pro Wrestling Back To Tulsa
Baker Arts Center Announces Brews and Barbeque Winners
480 Board Gives Permission to Hire Temporary Teachers
City Commission Meets, Approves Interceptor Line
LPD Says, "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose
Click Here For All Stories

LATEST STORIES
Liberal's Kuhnel Tops Baseball America List
Ulysses Woman Charged With Murder, Child Abuse
LHS Volleyball Looks to Get Back to Winning Ways  
Irby Expects Improved Tennis Team  
Liberal Native Looks To Bring Pro Wrestling Back To Tulsa
Seward Comeback Stuns Colby
Sublette Looks to Out-Fox Opponents in 2015  
Texhoma Looks to Continue Winning Ways
LPD Says, "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose
Hutch Women Regain Eligibility
Click Here For All Stories
Click Here for KSCB Talk Radio 1270 am
Click Here for B107.5
Click Here for The Legend 102.7
click Here for ozzBlog
Click Here for the Kansas Lottery

©2015 Seward County Broadcasting Company, Inc.
1410 N. Western Ave. Liberal, KS 67901

Emergency Alert System | EEO Public Report Form | The Public and Broadcasting

Powered by Radio Media Group