Kansas to pay $67K in lawsuit over Coloradan’s traf­fic stop

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

TOPEKA, KAN.» The state has agreed to set­tle for roughly $67,000 a 5-yearold lawsuit by a man who said he was stopped il­le­gally and de­tained by a state trooper.

Peter Vasquez told the Topeka Cap­i­tal-Jour­nal he’s happy his lit­i­ga­tion over the De­cem­ber 2011 stop is end­ing.

“It’s about ac­count­abil­ity,” he told the news­pa­per.

Vasquez says he was stopped by a Kansas High­way Pa­trol trooper in De­cem­ber 2011 in Wabaun­see County and was is­sued a warn­ing but re­fused the trooper’s re­quest to have his ve­hi­cle searched af­ter Vasquez in­sisted there were no drugs in it.

Court doc­u­ments show that Vasquez, who was driv­ing a ve­hi­cle reg­is­tered in Colorado, was de­tained on sus­pi­cion of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, al­though a search of his ve­hi­cle found noth­ing il­le­gal.

Vasquez sued in Fe­bru­ary 2012, al­leg­ing he was searched and de­tained with­out rea­son­able sus­pi­cion. A fed­eral ap­peals court last year over­turned a lower court’s de­ci­sion to dis­miss the case. The 10th Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals said the of­fi­cer’s rea­son­ing would jus­tify the search of cit­i­zens from more than half of the states in the coun­try.

The U.S. Supreme Court de­nied the state’s re­quest to hear the mat­ter.

A spokesman for the Kansas at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice de­clined to dis­cuss the case Wed­nes­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.