Montana Highway Patrol Settles Racial Profiling Lawsuit
The Montana Highway Patrol has reached a settlement in a lawsuit claiming the patrol improperly detained Hispanic drivers over unfounded concerns they were in the country illegally.
Attorney General Tim Fox, Montana Highway Patrol Col. Tom Butler and attorneys for the plaintiffs reached an agreement Friday. The patrol acknowledges no wrongdoing, but both parties agree traffic stop policies adopted since the lawsuit was filed address plaintiffs' concerns.
A group of plaintiffs led by Jose Rios-Diaz and the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance filed a federal lawsuit against the Montana Highway Patrol in October 2013. It said the patrol had engaged in detaining Hispanic drivers and passengers for the purpose of checking into their immigration status.