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Hat City Blog interview with lawyers of the Danbury 11

Friday, December 15, 2006
Time: 2:44 PM

As you all know, I attended the press conference held by lawyers representing the Danbury 11 yesterday. Since the Department of Homeland Security failed adhere to a FOI request to hand over communications between Mayor Boughton, Congresswoman Nancy Johnson and DHS regarding events which resulted in the Danbury 11 sweep earlier this year, the lawyers representing the day laborers who were picked up by ICE filed suit against DHS demanding that the information be released.

In order to file a suit, one needs to have all the facts and this is where we are with this situation. Once the information is released by DHS, the lawyers representing the Danbury 11 will determine if there is any merit to a suit to be filed against the cityu and DHS. This suit is the first step in that possible direction.

Yesterday was an interesting day as media throughout the state as well as the New York Times descended on Danbury once again and placing this issue of illegal immigration and Danbury back into the spotlight. Between the press conference and statements from Mayor Boughton to the media (including his comment to NBC30 that I bet he wish he could take back), I have the feeling that not only is this case for from over, but the bad blood between the two camps will escalate as we approach 2007.

I'll update this post with the actual press release from the lawyers later. Unfortunately, I was unable to make the presser (I was told it was at another location). The video starts with the end of the presser and goes into my interview with the lawyers.

At a later point, I'm going to do a special feature on the Danbury 11 which will include all the footage I've done to this point as well as interviews and videos never seen before. I'll probably have that ready some time next week (hopefully).


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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.



Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

(02.25.08) Court docket

(10.24.07) Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order

(09.26.07) Press Release

(12.14.06) Complaint

Barrera v. Boughton, No. 07-01436
(D. Conn. filed Sept. 26, 2007)

(02.25.08) Court Docket

Amended complaint

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims

Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Order on Motion to Dismiss

Defendants' Answer to Amended Complaint

NEW HAVEN REGISTER: Immigrant's 2006 arrest was flawed Danbury mayor testifies

(10.05.07 (VIDEO) Boughton mislead the public about Danbury's involvement in raid

(09.18.07) Yale Law Students expose Danbury involvement in raid

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Interview with Yale Law Students at FOI presser

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 FOI complaint media roundup

City Clerk Jean Natale standing next to skinhead sparks outrage

(10.03.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 rally

(09.29.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 case deepens

Word of raid spread across the country

(09/29/06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 protest news conference

(09/29/06) Immigrant newspaper "El Canillita" gives best account of ICE day labor raid at Kennedy Park

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VIDEO: Tereza Pereira's ordeal with ICE agents

VIDEO: Danbury Peace Coalition Immigration Forum (April 2006)
featuring Mayor Boughton and Immigration attorney Philip Berns

VIDEO: 2007 Stop the Raids immigration forum at WCSU

2007: Community protest anti-immigration forum

A tribute to Hispanic Center Director and immigrant activist Maria Cinta Lowe

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