Attorneys working with the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Monday, demanding the agency pay $100,000 for briefly detaining a U.S. citizen outside the Washington County Courthouse in 2017.
On September 18, 2017, Isidro Andrade Tafolla and his wife were leaving the county courthouse when six plainclothes ICE officers boxed in the couple’s pick-up truck and started questioning Andrade Tafolla.
In the complaint filed Monday, attorneys with the ACLU alleged the officers behaved in an “aggressive, demanding demeanor” refusing to identify themselves as ICE and showing the couple a mugshot that “did not resemble Mr. Andrade Tafolla, except that he, like Mr. Andrade Tafolla, had brown skin.”
Andrade Tafolla emigrated from Mexico more than three decades ago. He is now a U.S. citizen.
According to a letter written after the incident by Elizabeth Godfrey, the agency’s Deputy Field Office Director in Portland, the officers had been searching the courthouse for an undocumented man recently charged with driving under the influence. In the note, Godfrey defended the officers, saying they “handled themselves with professionalism and treated Mr. Andrade Tafolla with respect.”
But others viewed the incident, which was filmed by a