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Bernalillo County has reached a $100,000 settlement in a racial profiling suit filed by a black woman who was stopped by deputies three times in less than a month, but never cited or even issued a warning.
Sherese Crawford was working a temporary assignment in New Mexico as a deportation officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2017. Her lawsuit describes three stops on Interstate 40, one by former deputy Leonard Armijo and two by deputy Patrick Rael.
“These deputies reminded her that her skin color – not the reality of whether she has violated any laws and not the hard work she has put into becoming an exemplary law enforcement officer, herself – dictates how other law enforcement officers will treat her,” ACLU of New Mexico Legal Director Leon Howard said in a letter to Sheriff Manuel Gonzales on Monday.