Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Alleging Illegal Search By Dona Ana County Sheriff Deputies

Jun 19, 2013

A man and his young grandson have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, alleging Dona Ana County Sheriff's deputies unjustly ordered them out of a vehicle at gunpoint and illegally searched them.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the complained filed last week in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces says the search occurred when Mike Castro and his then-8-year-old grandson were rabbit hunting in 2001 on a private road.

A video of the stop reportedly recorded a deputy saying a rifle had been seen pointing outside Castro's vehicle's window.

Court documents say Castro had no weapons and the boy had a BB rifle.

The complaint says then-Sgt. Jon Day struck Castro twice when he asked why they were being searched.

Sheriff's department spokeswoman Kelly Jameson declined to comment.

Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News. 

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