Dustin Gold, the suburban Northford activist who led the vociferous protests against New Haven’s introduction of an immigrant-friendly i.d. card, has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a man in the stomach.
The incident occurred down in Georgia, where authorities said Gold—now a 31-year-old reality TV producer—got into a violent argument with the producer of a TV commercial. (Read more about the “rising nativist star”'s trajectory here, courtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center.)
When Gold was active in New Haven a few years ago, officials feared the tactics of his Community Watchdog Project would lead to violence. No violence ever materialized, though the campaign led to an outpouring of sometimes violent mail (including death threats) sent to city officials.
The city of Danbury has been working with ICE for years. According to Mayor Mark Boughton, 22 people were deported in the past year, all engaged in serious criminal conduct. At least five of those arrested were sex offenders, and one was taking flying lessons. Additionally, Mayor Boughton said his police force has received numerous tips from undocumented residents. He adds that many officers are asking for specific immigration training from agents with ICE.
I can see that conversation now.
"Hello Danbury PD, I'm a UNDOCUMENTED RESIDENT who wants to report another UNDOCUMENTED RESIDENT who's up to no good..."
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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.