Police to apologize

    Palmer, Alaska (KINY) Alex Caceda will receive $50,000 after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on his behalf.

    Caceda was held by the Palmer Police Department after his arrest in August, 2017.  He claimed he was working security at a bar and tried to intervene in a fight.  Responding officers arrested him rather than the assailants.  He was detained for four days without a court hearing and later turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents.  They later released him without charges.


    Caceda is an immigrant from Peru and is married to a U.S. Citizen.  He is in the process of obtaining a work visa.


    The Department settled the lawsuit.  They agreed to apology, fork over the $50,000 and acknowledge that local police do not have the authority to detain people for federal immigration violations without a special warrant being issued.




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