Immigrant Advocacy Group Accuses Baltimore Police Of Racial Profiling

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Alleged racial profiling in Baltimore. An immigrant advocacy group claims Baltimore police are singling out people they believe to be in the U.S. illegally.

Pat Warren has more on the allegations.

Casa de Maryland wants Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to sign an executive order prohibiting police from targeting people whose legal status may be in doubt.

Estaban Amaya came to City Hall with a petition to do away with racial profiling.

“This is all the petitions I have, all 1,000 signatures,” Amaya said.

He was a victim of crime.

“Guys, American guys, they beat me up,” Amaya said. “They beat me up, they steal money from my wallet so I call the police.”

Police took a report, but he doesn’t believe they followed up.

“I haven’t heard anything from the officer,” Amaya said.

In another case, a man identifying himself as a robbery victim says when police were called, he was arrested.

“In the moment that I needed the help of the police the most, they arrested me and kept me locked up for more than 12 hours,” he said.

His complaint is before the Baltimore Civilian Review Board.

With this petition and the support of various church and civic groups, Casa de Maryland is asking Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to sign an executive order prohibiting racial profiling.

“We know Baltimore is better than that and can be better than that and we want the mayor to put it in writing,” said Susana Flores, Casa de Maryland.

“I’m a big supporter of Casa de Maryland,” said Rawlings-Blake.

She would not say, however, if she would issue an executive order on profiling.

“I want to make sure—I know that in some other jurisdictions and I’ve asked them to provide that information — an executive order has been appropriate. I want to make sure what we do for Baltimore is appropriate for Baltimore and that’s why I look forward to sitting down with them,” she said.

A police spokesman says complaints against officers can be filed with Internal Affairs.

There’s no word on when that meeting between the mayor and Casa de Maryland will be scheduled.

More than 30 organizations are supporting Casa de Maryland’s request.

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  1. robertryan says:

    Tell them pepper bellies if they were not in the country illegally & breaking the law, they would have nothing to worry about. Racial profiling works in other countries & it should work here. It’s because of the high incidence of crime they are targeted.

  2. Just be good says:

    They represent just what Baltimore does not need: another poor disadvantanged group sucking up public resources and our tax dollars. Come here legally, work, and pay your taxes, I wouln’t care if you came from Mars. Just contribute–not take!

  3. Jimmy the Greek says:

    Casa de Maryland (the members) is simply another group that thinks they should be pampered and spoiled by the government. I can see no problem with legal immigrants, no matter what race, that followed the rules when they came here. Illegals have no rights and are not welcome. They think if they make a fuss everything will be forgotten. The illegals are breaking the law and all the liberals in the world will not change this fact.

  4. masons says:

    They were here before all of you!

    1. DAVE says:

      WE BOUGHT THE LAND FROM THE MEXCIANS AND FOUGHT THE INDIANS < THEN THE MEXCIAN WANTED THE LAND BACK WE FOUGHT THEM AND WON 100 years ago,,masons what are you saying. you left a lot out

  5. Sheila says:

    masons…..that is a worn out statement. Get real no one is alive today from that period, we are in another era. So stop dwelling in the past and think about our kids and grandkids. Unless these illegals are stopped our country will be a thing of the past(which you are living in).

    1. masons says:

      You and I don,t own this country! Business owns this country and we do what they want us to do.They are here because they want them here for the cheap labor !

  6. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    The bottom line is if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. If you don’t want to be targeted as an illegal, then don’t help them blend in and hide here. This is the same situation that the Muslums have created. These groups cry because of the way they are singled out but do nothing to help solve the problem. Both groups are to lazy to deal with the internal problems that create the issues they complain about! Being here illegally is a crime, period. Helping them stay in the shadows is called aiding and abeding, which is also a crime. Clean up your own group of people and you won’t have to worry about the mess. The reason this country is what it is is because the people who are here have fought to make it that way. If the Mexicans want a better country, then go to your country and make it that way. Mexico may need to have a civil war to clean up the problems with corruption and drug lords in order to make it a better place. It takes alot of bravery and determination to attempt and successfully cross the border illegally and live here with out being caught and deported. Why not use the same energy to take back your own country and rebuild it to the same level or better than America is today? So if you don’t want to be profiled, then don’t blame the system, blame your group of people that do the things illegal and make you fit the profile!

  7. deltasweetiepi says:

    Get a grip if they come through the system they would not be such an easy target.

  8. Sharon says:

    All the forefathers (Spain, France, Germany, etc) were immigrants at one time. The Native American indians are the only race that have a right to really be here. If you really knew your history, you would know that the Mexican people are the descendants of Native Americans. Just because you come from Mexico does not mean every single person from Mexico is illegal. Most of you are just ignorant of the true facts.

    1. A Thought says:

      I agree with some of what you are saying. However, only indigenous people from Mexico could be considered descendants of Native Americans. Others are the products from Spanish occupation/conquering of Mexico (hence why they speak Spanish). And even the belief that the first people that populated the Americas crossed from Russia to Alaska and trickled down from there has been questioned recently and more theories produced. Therefore, they may not “really” be descendants at all. Just make sure you look at the facts you are presenting from all angles before you say something.

      1. peter o neil says:

        A Thought, Possession is 9/10 ths of the law. What is your problem? They were here first, we came & took it, what is it you don’t understand we are superior & that is why we have possession although some bleeding heart liberals would like to give it away but who will support & sustain it? They are incapable & that is why they are here in the first place.

    2. Diane Ducote says:

      No their not! Mexicans are descendants of MEXICO.

  9. adraine says:

    Bottom line if you are illegal than you dont belong here PERIOD!!!!

  10. Kay says:

    If I walk into a police station with a bag full of drugs and an illegal immagrant, which one would I be locked up for??? Hmmmm. I do not understand what part of illegal the government does not understand. They are getting breaks that me as a taxpaying legal citizen can not get!!! So what are they crying for??? They have it good as far as I’m concerned. I am the onw who should be crying.

  11. peter o neil says:

    It is always the guily party that screams loudest of their innocence. Cry baby mexican pricks should reform their own country before coming here to make us Mexico north. Why should anyone obey the law if the U.S.government doesn’t?

  12. t says:

    well if you are a legal citizen then getting pulled over should not be a problem!!

  13. Man the citizenry! says:

    …and to the illegal holding the sign in the background, you spell it “discrimination.” Why should my dollars (not pesos) go to support illegal immigrants. CASA is just a sham and cries at the first thing when someone feels they are being discriminated against. Frederick County has the right idea; so does Arizona. No one is willing to step up and do something about it; all we want to do is offer the New Americans free tuition. Idiot Democrats.

  14. PARKVILLE MD says:

    DOWN WITHE MEXCIAN RAGHEAD MOVEMENT killem all let GOD sortem out

  15. It's a Business says:

    Funny how many Ignorant people are on here just because someone is here illegaly does not make them Mexicans!
    what happen to illegal people from the Middle East, ASIA, Europe, South & Central America
    seems like alot of the people on here are just a bunch of ignorant hoodrats lol

    AND LETS GET REAL ALL OF US ARE CRYING OVER THINGS BEEN OVER PRICE!!
    HAVE YOU STOPPED AND THOUGHT ABOUT HOW IT WILL BE WITHOUT ALL THIS IMMIGRANTS WORKING FOR CHEAP HOW MUCH MORE THINGS WILL COST?
    BECAUSE IM PRETY SURE NONE OF US ARE WILLING TO WORK FOR WHAT THEY WORK FOR
    COMPANIES ARE IN BUSINESS TO MAKE MONEY SO IF ITS GOING TO COST THEM MORE TO PRODUCE IT THEY WILL CHARGE MORE TO STILL MAKE THAT PROFIT
    HOWEVER YOU LOOK AT IT THIS MEXICANS THAT EVERYONE IS POINTING OUT ARE HELPING US IN A WAY!

    1. Skippy says:

      People did the work before illegals arrived and depressed wages. The cost savings if they weren’t here is in the billions. Imagine how many jobs that US citizens could get for that kind of money.

  16. RavenLude says:

    i think u supporters arent getting the point. all of our european ancestors came to this country the legal way and waited in line. once they arrived they learned how to speak english and immediately began paying taxes on there income. they never asked for government handouts, nor did they ever receive any. if u look at the majority (notice i did not say ALL) of the hispanic migrants the past decade or so u will find that they either 1. came over illegally 2. never learned to speak english, or refuse to admit it when it is convenient for them. 3. dont pay income taxes at all 4. receive free health care at there local ERs 5. receive other social program $$$ at the expense of the taxpayers, and 6. in liberal areas receive college benefits for there children

    1. HA HA HA says:

      ravenlude Wow!! your items 2 to 6 would apply to most of baltimore

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  18. Debbie says:

    We should be doing everything we can to rid the state of ILLEGALS who are a huge drain on our economy. Eliminating Casa which supports ILLEGALS is the first step and doing anything we can to identify and remove ILLEGALS is a start to ending this being their “sanctuary state”

  19. Skippy says:

    Interesting because there is a huge increase in Hispanic on Black crime in California. And why do our tax dollars go to support a political activist group like Casa de Maryland?

  20. moleman says:

    How come there is no press #1 for English when we use the phones in Mexico or S.America? That is if the effin phones even work like the lazy pepper bellies.

  21. moleman says:

    The greasy pepper bellies can’t even spell english. They have Discrimination spelled in Spanish. Fuc these illegals, throw em all in jail but no, the Republican business owners want cheap labor.

  22. willie joe says:

    mexcians are here to stay, because we can get away with we will

  23. willie says:

    Don’t be using my moniker you azz. Get your own you orphan.

  24. willie jo says:

    willie joe is a hoe, we all know,

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