Sanchez v. City and County of Denver

Criminal Legal Reform | Privacy & Technology | Racial Justice
Case No. 11 cv 780, United States District Court, District of Colorado
ACLU Case No. 2010-16


This case alleges that Denver police targeted plaintiff Jose Sanchez unjustifiably while he was standing lawfully on the public sidewalk outside the home of his girlfriend, plaintiff Joshinna Carreras. Police illegally detained and handcuffed Mr. Sanchez, falsely accused him of being an “illegal immigrant,” and falsely arrested him on a bogus charge of providing “false identification.” The supposedly “false” identification was a current and valid photo ID card issued by the Department of Homeland Security verifying Mr. Sanchez’s legal presence and authorization to work in the United States. Mr. Sanchez spent five days in jail on the bogus charge before it was dismissed. In the course of “investigating” Mr. Sanchez, police illegally barged into the home of Ms. Carreras when they knew she was alone and taking a shower. Police demanded that she exit the bathroom as they conducted an illegal warrantless search, rifling through cabinets, drawers, and Ms. Carreras’s purse. In this action, plaintiffs seek compensation for these violations of their constitutional rights to the equal protection of the law and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.


Elisa Moran
John E. Mosby
Mark Silverstein , ACLU of Colorado Legal Director
Rebecca Wallace , ACLU of Colorado Staff Attorney

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