Feds drop case against MV man beaten by agents, Immigration court judge terminated deportation hearing: Represented by Manuel Rios
Publication: Skagit Valley Herald; Date: Apr 12, 2007; Section: Front Page; Page Number: A1
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By RALPH SCHWARTZ
Federal immigration authorities decided not to deport an undocumented immigrant who was beaten, then
arrested, by two U.S. Border Patrol agents last spring at a school bus stop in Mount Vernon’s Kulshan Creek
Manuel Rios, the Seattle based lawyer for Isabel Valencia Perez, said in an interview that Immigration and
Customs Enforcement dropped the case in October because two Border Patrol agents allegedly violated his
client’s constitutional rights when they arrested him.
An investigation by the Mount Vernon Police Department confirmed eyewitness accounts that Border Patrol
agents Daryl Schermerhorn and Steven Malpezzi beat Valencia after approaching him at a school bus stop at
11:20 a.m. on June 12, 2006. Valencia was waiting to meet his son, who was in kindergarten. The first agent
confronted Valencia just as his son’s school bus arrived, witnesses said.
Rios filed a motion in immigration court to suppress evidence gathered after the arrest, arguing the evidence
was obtained illegally. ICE did not contest the motion, but agency spokeswoman Virginia Kice would not confirm
that this was because of the actions of the Border Patrol agents.