Grand Rapids to Pay $190K to War Veteran Mistakenly Held by ICE

Grand Rapids will pay a $190,000 settlement to a Latino American war veteran who was wrongfully detained by federal immigration officials, according to AP.

The City Commission unanimously approved the payment to Jilmar Ramos-Gomez on Tuesday to resolve a Michigan Department of Civil Rights complaint.

“Customs Enforcement held Ramos-Gomez for three days last December before releasing the Michigan-born U.S. citizen,” reports the AP.

Police Capt. Curtis VanderKooi served a 20-hour, unpaid suspension for violating department policy.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center filed the complaint on Ramos-Gomez’s behalf in April, saying VanderKooi discriminated against him based on his race, violating the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

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