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Tribe Can’t Sue for Members Who Claim Racial Profiling in Traffic Tickets

Victoria Prieskop August 19, 2019

Individual members of a Southern California tribe – not the tribe itself – can sue San Bernardino County over traffic tickets handed out on the reservation, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Monday.

At the center of the dispute are four traffic citations issued to members of Chemehuevi Indian Tribe. The tribe sued San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, District Attorney Michael Ramos, County Counsel Jean-Rene Basle, and other officials in July 2015, claiming that officers must stop “racially profiling, arresting and issuing citations for violations of the California Motor Vehicle Code to members of the tribe while driving vehicles on fee and trust land within the boundaries of the Chemehuevi Indian Reservation.”

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