The ACLU of Southern California on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Glendale Unified administrators and three law enforcement agencies, alleging that officers illegally detained, searched and interrogated roughly 55 Latino high school students in what they called “a textbook case of racial profiling.”
The Hoover High School students, who were allegedly rounded up at lunch on Sept. 24, 2010, and detained for at least an hour in two separate classrooms, were intimidated and frisked by Glendale and Los Angeles police officers, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.
At a news conference Thursday in South Glendale, ACLU representatives said the students were asked for personal information, including addresses and telephone numbers, interrogated about any scars, tattoos and gang affiliations, and “repeatedly threatened” by police.
Students subjected to the searches called the experience terrifying.
“I told my mom I didn’t want to go back to school,” said Karen Lopez, 16, now a junior at Hoover High. “It was just scary.”