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Judge: Highway Patrol discrimination case should go ahead


April 25, 2014

HELENA . (AP) — Most of the claims by four Hispanic men who accuse the Montana Highway Patrol of engaging in systematic racial profiling during traffic stops should be allowed to proceed, a federal magistrate judge ruled.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby recommended striking two allegations that the discrimination violated the Montana Constitution, saying the state claims can't be sued in federal court.

Ostby recommended against dismissing the three other allegations of U.S. Constitution and federal civil rights violations.

Her findings must be approved by U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen. Attorneys for Attorney General Tim


Reader Comments

Slickyboyboo writes:

Yes, absolutely these cases need to go forward. Our police forces in the U.S. are getting out of hand. I have no idea where they got the right to go ahead with anything they see fit anytime they want. People have died and nothing is being done. Time to make an example that we all have laws to abide by including the cops.


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