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Suit: cops left drunk man at Taco Bell

Suit: cops left drunk man at Taco Bell
Posted January 21st, 2014 @ 12:48pm by Matt Cantor, Newser Staff

(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.

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