(NEWSER) – When Ohio police responded to reports of a drunk driver who had pulled over on the side of the road, they inexplicably took the 22-year-old Hispanic man to a Taco Bell five miles away and left him there. Soon after, he was walking on the highway when he was hit by a car and killed. Now, local authorities are facing a federal civil rights lawsuit over what Uriel Juarez-Popoca's family calls a "perverse joke" by police about Juarez-Popoca's Mexican roots. The family, represented by a leading civil-rights lawyer, is suing the Delaware County Sheriff's office, as well as individual officers, including a state highway patrolman.
Posted Tuesday, January 21st 2014 @ 11am by Matt Cantor, Newser Staff