Tell the Justice Department: Investigate Racial Profiling in McHenry County
  • Petitioned Eric H. Holder, Jr.

This petition was delivered to:

US Attorney General
Eric H. Holder, Jr.
McHenry County State's Attorney
Louis A. Bianchi
McHenry County Sheriff
Sheriff Keith Nygren

Tell the Justice Department: Investigate Racial Profiling in McHenry County

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      ILLINOIS COALITION FOR IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE PROTECTION

It's time for the Justice Department to intervene in McHenry County, IL. If you're not Caucasian, you are 65% more likely to get stopped by the police there. Compare that to 15% in the rest of Illinois, and it's not hard to see the dangerous racial profiling taking place.

What's more, McHenry County Sheriff's deputies have been pulling over and arresting an inordinate amount of “whites” with names like Miguel Perez Reyes, Pablo Toxqui-Zavala and Pedro Lopez. It turns out these deputies in suburban Illinois have been trying to hide the arrest totals of Hispanics in their jurisdiction. They’re trying to cover up their obvious racial profiling practices.

A former McHenry County officer has even admitted that he and others were consistently encouraged to increase arrests and traffic stops in immigrant neighborhoods, assuming that Hispanics in those neighborhoods would be less likely to have driver's licenses or proper ID. Those found to be undocumented could then be detained under a federal program known as "Secure Communities, which infuses McHenry County with millions of dollars a year. We need to stop any program that provides economic incentives for racial profiling.
 
This kind of racial profiling is brazen - but it is also against the law.   As more and more statistics come to light, now is the time for a federal probe into the abuses of the McHenry County Sheriff's Department. Wrongdoing by the department must be exposed and justice must be restored.
 
Sign the Petition to the Justice Department to investigate the McHenry County Sheriff's Department immediately -- let's end this kind of dangeros racial profiling.
 
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    1. Reached 250 signatures
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    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Jessica Mihevc WILMINGTON, VT
      • over 3 years ago

      My list of places to avoid while planning family vacations is getting really long, its time to intervene.

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    • David Valadez RICHTON PARK, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      I am a US citizen. I had a truck with a symbol on my back window that is identified with my Aztec heritage. After not being stopped for 20 years, I was stopped 6 times in 3 months, and always under some false suspicion. I was not charged, but once given a false ticket which I beat in court. I know racial profiling is occurring in this state. Please prosecute the abusers of authority.

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    • vanne hanisch-godoy VICTORIA, AK
      • over 3 years ago

      AS I said, we ALL come from foreign cultures in other lands!!!! TRY TO RAISE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS AND SEE THE SIMILARITIES AND NOT THE DIFFERENCES!!!! IT WOULD MAKE EVERYONE'S LIFE EASIER, INCLUDING YOUR OWN!!!!!

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    • Max Waller PACOIMA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      We are in the 21st century and it is still happening even in Pacoima California.

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    • Maureen Meter CHICAGO, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      The McHenry County situation is an outrage. Nothing short of a federal investigation will clean up that ugly situation.

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