Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) today announced that it has reached a settlement of $865,000 with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Marquez, et. al. v. Commonwealth, et. al., No. 1:19-cv-00599-YK (M.D. Pa.), which includes payments to each individual plaintiff and related attorney fees.
The ACLU filed the civil lawsuit in 2019 on behalf of 10 plaintiffs who alleged civil rights violations surrounding their immigration status and subsequent detention. The settlement avoids protracted litigation and includes updates and revisions to PSP policy and training and the contact data reporting for traffic stops.
Since the initiation of the lawsuit, there have been federal court decisions narrowly interpreting the ability of state and local law enforcement to engage in civil immigration enforcement outside of a cooperation agreement. The updates and revisions to policy and training are consistent with the current case law, and include the following adaptations:
“I am confident these changes to policy and training will ensure the department is in compliance with current case law,” said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Robert Evanchick. “These positive changes will allow PSP personnel to continue to provide professional, dedicated service while staying up to date with changing case law and expectations.”
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