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Dana Chicklas, 734-945-8857,

May 14, 2019


At the Grand Rapids Civilian Appeal Board (CAB) meeting Wednesday, the Board will hear the appeal by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) asking the Board to reverse the findings of the Grand Rapids Police Department which exonerated Captain Curt VanderKooi for calling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, a U.S. citizen and decorated Marine combat veteran.

The ACLU and MIRC also asked the CAB to consider whether the GRPD’s Internal Affairs investigation was compromised by conflicts of interest.

The ACLU and MIRC have requested permission to address the CAB before it makes a decision, but as of now, have not been informed whether they will be allowed to present Mr. Ramos-Gomez’s case.

Miriam Aukerman, ACLU of Michigan senior staff attorney
Hillary Scholten, MIRC staff attorney

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 4 p.m.

Grand Rapids City Hall, 300 Monroe Ave NW, City Commission Chambers, 9th Floor

More information and documents, including our appeal to the CAB are here: