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Grand Isle County Sheriff's Department settles discrimination case

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GRAND ISLE, Vt. -

The Grand Isle County Sheriff's Department is paying tens of thousands to settle a discrimination case.

The Vermont Human Rights Commission found that a member of the sheriff’s department had detained a passenger during a traffic stop, purely because he appeared to be Mexican. It turned out the man, Lorenzo Alcudia, is an undocumented worker and is now facing deportation.

The man's lawyer argued the detention was sparked by bias and therefore should not have happened.

"The problem is once the reason for the stop is concluded, the U.S. Supreme Court says that's the end of the detention. Beyond that it's an unconstitutional seizure," said Robert Appel, Alcudia’s lawyer.

The settlement calls for the Grand Isle Sheriff's Department to pay nearly $30,000 and create policies to prevent biased policing.

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