ICE official will not be charged for pushing immigration attorney

Bill Grady
February 01, 2019 - 4:37 am

KMBC Channel 9 News

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Federal prosecutors say an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official, who is seen on video apparently shoving a Kansas City lawyer to the ground last year, will not be charged. 

Immigration attorney Andrea Martinez said her foot was broken during the confrontation in June at an  ICE office in the Northland. She filed a complaint against the official, Everett Chase, claiming unlawful use of force. 

U.S. Attorney Timothy Garrison said the evidence does not support Martinez's allegation.

The confrontation occurred as Martinez was escorting a three-year-old who was being reunited with his mother, a Honduran citizen who was being deported.

Garrison said more than 30 people, including demonstrators and film crew, went to the ICE office at 3 a.m. to make a spectacle, and the officer was justified in securing access to the office.

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