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Grand Rapids to Pay $190K to Latino War Veteran Who Was Wrongfully Detained

A Latino American war veteran who was wrongfully detained will receive $190,000 following a settlement with Grand Rapids.

Officials approved the payment to Jilmar Ramos-Gomez on Tuesday to resolve a complaint. Ramos-Gomez, who was born in Michigan, was detained by federal immigration officials in December 2018 and held for three days before being released.

The complaint, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, said Curtis Vanderkooi discriminated against Ramos-Gomez based on his race, violating the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

Vanderkooi served a 20-hour, unpaid suspension for violating department policy after he alerted the federal agency about Ramos-Gomez’ arrest.

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