An illegal alien from El Salvador named Roxana Orellana Santos has filed a million dollar lawsuit against Frederick County, Maryland Sheriff Jenkins, one of his deputies, the County Board of Commissioners, and immigration officials for detaining her based solely on her ethnicity.
Santos alleged that she was minding her own business when law officers detained her for questioning, and then arrested her on an outstanding warrant from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The Sheriff says that his deputies were making a routine check of an area when Santos spotted them and ran to hide behind a storage container, and that her actions, not her skin color, gave deputies cause to investigate further. After checking her identification, they discovered the warrant for her arrest and took her into custody.
Meanwhile, a news story this week says a black woman from Missouri is claiming that racism led to her arrest after she got into an altercation at a Walmart store. The woman, Heather Ellis, claims that white customers and store staff, along with Kennett, Missouri police officers, pushed her, called her racial slurs, and then arrested her after she jumped ahead of other customers at a checkout line. She claims that the alteration occurred when she refused to go to the back of the line, because she wanted to check out with a family member who was also shopping at the store.
Witnesses to the incident, on the other hand, report that Ellis jumped in front of other customers, pushed their merchandise away to put hers in front, and became belligerent when confronted by store employees. Reports say that when she refused to leave the store and police were called, the confrontation escalated, with Ellis kicking one police officer and splitting another’s lip. She was arrested and charged with assaulting police officers, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace.
Ellis is facing up to fifteen years in prison if convicted in the case, and has complained to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), saying that the system is trying to destroy her future. She was a college student at the time of her arrest, is currently a schoolteacher, and is engaged to a Louisiana State Trooper.
Okay, I wasn’t in Maryland when the deputies spotted Ms. Santos allegedly trying to hide from them, but I do know a little bit about the law and about probable cause, and it seems to me that her actions would give most police officers a reason to think that she was up to something that deserved further investigation.
Nor was I in the Walmart when the incident involving Ms. Ellis happened. But don’t you think she must accept a little responsibility for the situation she now finds herself in? She jumps in front of other people in a checkout line, she shoves their stuff out of the way, she refuses to wait her turn in line, she refuses to leave the store when asked to by employees, and then she allegedly assaults two cops. But no, in both cases, these women played the race card.
Sometimes when you find yourself in trouble, maybe it’s not because you’re a minority, a woman, or whatever you choose to call yourself to provide the excuse you need to justify your own shortcomings and misdeeds. Sometimes it’s just because you’re a jerk.
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