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Latino parents accuse Compton School Police of racial profiling in lawsuit

Some Latino parents accuse the Compton Unified School District and its school police department of violating their civil rights.
Some Latino parents accuse the Compton Unified School District and its school police department of violating their civil rights. Erika Aguilar/KPCC

A group of Latino parents filed suit in federal court in Los Angeles Monday against the Compton Unified School District and its school police department, claiming their civil rights have been violated.

According to attorney Martin Kaufman, the parents are mostly activists who have been critical of the district, particularly for what they say is inadequate English as a Second Language programming. 

"We have photo documentary evidence of police abuse, civil rights violations, choke holding by police," Kaufman said. That evidence is not yet publicly available, he said.

Kaufman said that in at least one instance, police called federal immigration authorities on a parent the attorney claims was illegally taken into custody. Kaufman wants to see officers involved in the alleged misconduct fired.
 
The plaintiffs also seek more than $41 million in damages.
 
A spokesman for the Compton Unified School District declined to comment.

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