On August 1, 1997, attorneys from the ACLU of Northern California filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California on behalf the family of Vang Her, alleging police misconduct by Yuba County Sheriff's deputies. The ...
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On August 1, 1997, attorneys from the ACLU of Northern California filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California on behalf the family of Vang Her, alleging police misconduct by Yuba County Sheriff's deputies. The Her family are Hmong, originally from Southeast Asia.
Plaintiffs' complaint alleged that in the course of an investigation of a neighbor's complaint that Her's three-year old child fired a BB gun, Yuba County deputies subjected the family to unconstitutional searches and seizures, denied their requests for a translator, detained the entire family, which included seven children, at the Sheriff's station and interrogated Hers' 10-year-old daughter in a police cruiser without parental consent. The complaint further alleged that in a subsequent incident, Sheriff's deputies appeared at the Her residence without warrants and rounded up the adult occupants for detention and transportation to the station. Plaintiffs also alleged that deputies went to the Her children's elementary schools and removed three Her children from class without the knowledge or consent of their parents. Deputies never located a BB gun and criminal charges were not lodged against anyone in the Her family.
On February 26, 1999, district court Chief Judge William B. Shubb granted defendants' motion for summary judgment in part and denied it in part. Claims against certain individual defendants were dismissed.
Thereafter, the parties reached a settlement of the case. On October 6, 1999, the court entered a consent judgment, which included the agreement that Yuba County adopt and enforce all General Orders drafted and modified by counsel for the parties, including new general orders pertaining to hate crimes, search and seizure, and detention of juveniles and that the County complete the translation of certain Yuba County Sheriff's Department written materials into the Hmong, Spanish, and Punjabi languages.Dan Dalton - 12/28/2006