Sorry for the lack of posts...I've been VERY busy making some LONG overdue upgrades to my computer and video arsenal as well as my twelve-year-old local political archive (e.g., I had to place 1,000 DVDs and 200 DV tapes of video and data of Danbury politics alone onto my new server...not an easy task).
While I'm almost at a point where I feel comfortable getting back to business, I have a few more tweaks to take care of as well as get the ball rolling on some LONG overdue legal matters before I'm up to full speed.
Hang tight folks, I'll be back to business reporting on Greater Danbury and state political affairs very soon.
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.