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Officer Who Arrested Juana Villegas DeLaPaz is School Board Candidate

July 22, 2008

The Berry Hill, TN police officer who arrested Juana Villegas DeLaPaz (a story that was covered in Sunday’s New York Times) is the same Tim Coleman who is running for school board in Madison’s District 3 race, the Nashville Post confirms.

As Tim at Political Salsa points out, Coleman completed a questionnaire for Nashville’s newspaper, The Tennessean. The highlight of his statement:

“My work experiences have taught me to be focused, open minded and direct. I believe that I have the necessary people skills to perform the responsibilities for the common good of the children, community and school system.”

In the internet parlance, OMFG.

Previous posts for background:

Also, John Lamb at Hispanic Nashville has further discussion of this incident and lots of links to additional coverage. He notes:

“If Berry Hill officers are arresting people instead of giving them citations in the hope that their immigration status will be checked by the Davidson County Sheriff once in custody, that could be driven by racial profiling, which is illegal by statute in Tennessee as of this year.”

John also explains more about how officers have a certain amount of discretion in whether to arrest or not, and the difference in how the 287g program was sold to the public and how it is now being implemented.

Thanks to B for pointing to John’s post.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ali permalink
    July 22, 2008 2:26 pm

    What the stories don’t point out and in fact bury about Mrs. Villegas is that in defying a deportation order, Mrs. Villegas committed a felony. That’s why the background check turned up her name. It’s one thing to talk about “discretion” when someone is simply stopped; it’s quite another when the background check shows that you’re wanted for a felony.

  2. July 22, 2008 2:35 pm

    It was not discovered that there was anything here except a simple traffic stop until the officer at the stop decided to go ahead and arrest her after first having told her she could have someone come drive her home, so yes, there was discretion there. From everything I’ve read, the officer who made the stop didn’t check her ID and then find that she was “wanted for a felony;” she was taken in on a just-in-case to see if maybe something would hit on an immigration interview. And even if shackling laboring women to beds is standard procedure, it doesn’t make it right.

    Or, you know, what B already explained to you.

  3. legal citizen permalink
    August 16, 2011 11:32 pm

    What part of ILLEGAL (meaning not legal or not lawful) in illegal immigrant do you people not understand? She should not be ENTITLED to anything in the U.S., as she is not an american citizen. She had no RIGHTS as those are reserved for American citizens that are LEGALLY here in the country. Moreover she is a repeat criminal offender, First by entering the country ILLEGALLY the first time then being deported and returning once again ILLEGALLY, then driving without a license ILLEGALLY.(Did she have insurance?) She is a repeat criminal offender and a drain on the U.S. taxpayer that is here legally. How much has she paid in taxes since she has been here? (NONE= Tax evasion once again another criminal act) She has how many kids that were born here as a result of her criminal act of sneaking into the country repeatedly ILLEGALLY? Who pays for the social services i.e Food Stamps or welfare, WIC or any other government service funded by legal U.S. taxpayers that ARE here LEGALLY. What a joke! You come here illegally, burden our system, commit criminal or illegal offences, then have the nerve to believe we owe you something. How disgusting! If for some reason she is awarded some kind of monetary settlement out of this, it should be seized by the IRS for her tax evasion. Why should I or other taxpaying legal citizens have to pay for people like this? The short answer is we shouldnt! Our country is in debt. We dont have enough money for you too. The loopholes need to be shut down. and the ILLEGALS need to be sent packing!

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