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Lawsuit Filed Over Immigration Enforcement At Strawberry Days

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The family of one of the men arrested and detained on immigration charges during Strawberry Days in Glenwood Springs this summer has filed a lawsuit in federal court.

The lawsuit alleges that the law enforcement operation was unconstitutional and amounted to an unlawful immigration sweep for Latino men.

Immigration officials say they arrested two gang members at the Strawberry Days festival in Glenwood Springs, and a third gang member after the festival.

According to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, the lawsuit filed Sept. 1 names Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario, local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Steve Turza and Chris Carter, three Garfield County sheriff’s deputies and a Carbondale police officer.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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