Man wanted for deportation warrant flees ICE, gets hit by car, ACLU blames ICE

Man wanted for deportation warrant flees ICE, gets hit by car, ACLU blames ICE
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Ordinarily, the American Civil Liberties Union has nothing to say when an illegal alien hurts or kills another person. But the group is sounding off loudly over an incident in which a man sought by authorities for an outstanding deportation warrant hurt — and came close to killing — himself.

The incident occurred in Danbury, Conn., Friday morning. According to station WFSB, Samuel Coctecon Cruz was headed into the Superior Court House when he realized he had been spotted by ICE agents. He bolted with agents in hot pursuit.

At one point Cruz darted into traffic, where he was struck by a passing car. Cruz continued to flee the scene after the accident. The driver was injured by shattered glass resulting from the impact. Eventually, the ICE agents caught up with Cruz and took him to an area hospital for treatment.

You might think that the ACLU would have a statement about the injured driver whose rights were encroached on by Cruz. Instead, they released this statement:

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ICE agents jeopardized this man’s life and public safety by chasing him into the street, and they undermined public safety and justice by using the Danbury Courthouse as a hunting ground for deportation. The Trump administration’s vicious practice of picking up immigrants at courthouses is dangerous and unjust. It threatens public safety and subverts justice by making it harder for Connecticut residents to exercise their constitutional rights to access protection, call witnesses, offer testimony, settle custody matters, and seek redress.

In the meantime, Danbury Police issued Cruz an infraction for reckless use of the highway by a pedestrian.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."

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