ACLU Sharply Criticizes “Gypsy Scam” Bulletins released by Arapahoe Sheriff

Criminal Justice | Racial Justice


On July 16, attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado demanded that Arapahoe County Sheriff J. Grayson Robinson rescind a Sheriff’s Office alert titled “Gypsy Scams” that could have resulted in the racial profiling of persons described by the Sheriff’s Office as “Gypsies.” 

The lettter, written by Staff Attorney Sara J. Rich, was critical of the Sheriff for encouraging those who live in Arapahoe County (Aurora, Centennial, Littleton and 10 other incorporated cities and towns) to be suspicious of persons based on physical appearance, subjecting countless innocent persons to unwarranted discrimination and harassment. 

The letter asked that the Sheriff retract previous comments about "Gypsy scams" and condemn discrimination based on race, ethnicity or physical appearance. The letter also demanded all Sheriff's Office records relating to "gypsies" or "gypsy scams."


Mark Silverstein , ACLU of Colorado Legal Director

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