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$180,000 Settlement Reached in a False Imprisonment Suit against Private Security Contractor

A $180,000 settlement was reached in a suit against U.S. Protect, a private security corporation under federal contract to oversee security at the border crossing in San Ysidro, California.

On November 3, 2006, Maria Quinones, who is disabled, was crossing the border and waited in line for 90 minutes. In line, Quinones noticed two U.S. Protect officers allowing other women to cut in line ahead of her. When Quinones complained and showed proof of disability, one of the officers, named as Doe I in the suit, became violent by grabbing Quinones by the left wrist and elbow, twisting her arm rapidly toward her back, pressing his body on her, and handcuffing her. Another officer told Defendant Doe I that he was overreacting, and to release Quinones. After she was released, she complained to a supervisor, asking him to review the video and for the officer’s name. The supervisor supplied her with false information.

Quinones filed her suit on May 15, 2009, raising claims of false arrest and imprisonment, assault and battery, negligence, and emotional distress.

The suit settled in June 2011 with Quinones receiving $176,572.47, and $3,427.53 paid to the Department of Health Services. She was represented by Eugene G. Iredale of San Diego.

See: Quinones v. U.S. Protect, Case No: 07-CV-1565, (U.S.D.C. S.D. Cal).

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