Officer Who Arrested Juana Villegas DeLaPaz is School Board Candidate
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.
“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:
- Why Was This Woman Separated from Her Baby? [7/11/08]
- More Disturbing Details on the Jailing of Pregnant Juana Villegas DeLaPaz [7/13/08]
- New York Times Covers Treatment of Juana Villegas DeLaPaz [7/20/08]
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.