Compton has a lot a problems. Problems most places have when you have poor working class folks live. The last thing a place like that needs is racial issues. Well it looks like the Compton Police Department and Unified School District did not get that memo. They where just slapped with a $40 million dollar suit.
the plaintiffs claim: “Latino and Hispanic schoolchildren and their parents were singled out for arrest by police officers acting in concert with school security guards, school board members, school district personnel, and in at least one instance, a city of Compton code enforcement officer. School police physically assaulted several of these persons for no reason at all other than the color of their skin, their race and/or voicing their concern against police and school abuses. Several of the plaintiffs and others similarly situated were racially profiled and then illegally deported, without due process. School police routinely and systematically threatened others with deportation. Similarly situated African American students, in a school run predominantly by African American leadership were not subjected to such treatment.”
According to lead plaintiff Raquel Espinoza, it all stems from the protests the community undertook when ESL programs where defunded. Since then:
The families claim that Compton Unified has an “unwritten policy” of violating Latinos’ constitutional and civil rights, “including beatings and the illegal deportation of persons of Hispanic and Latino origin and descent.”
This is an incendiary situation in a place known for its’ high incidents of violence. If these allegations are true then the CPD and CUSD are complicit in creating a hostile environment to be Latino. I will keep an eye on this story. This is a dangerous precedent at a time when Black/Brown coalitions need to be created, fostered and strengthened.