Undocumented Aliens File Questionable Racial Profiling Complaint Against Vermont State Police

Undocumented aliens detained by VSPBy Alan Sexton

Burlington, VT – Two men discovered by Vermont State Police trooper Jared Hatch to be in the United States illegally have filed a complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission alleging racial profiling by him.

Green Mountain Scribes attempted to confirm the filing of such a complaint with a staff member in the office of the Vermont Human Rights Commission, who indicated they could neither confirm nor deny whether a complaint has been filed. 

However, local media reports confirm that Danilo Lopez and Antonio Meza-Sandoval, both from Mexico and by their own admission in the United States illegally, have indeed filed such a complaint against trooper Hatch.

The filing of the complaint stems from events that took place on the morning of September 13, reported by Green Mountain Scribes in a previous article titled “VT Governor Wants to “Make Sure” that Police “Look the Other Way” From Illegal Aliens”.

To summarize events of September 13, trooper Hatch stopped a pickup truck he observed traveling north at 88 mph in a 65 mph zone of Interstate 89 in the town of Middlesex. The occupants of the truck included its driver, identified as Bill Hoag, a U.S. Citizen residing in Randolph, Vermont and the two undocumented aliens.

With justifiable cause to have stopped the vehicle, trooper Hatch then approached the occupants from the passenger side of the vehicle, an increasingly common practice for police officers, particularly on interstate highways where police are at significant risk of being struck by vehicles traveling at high speeds. Data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund  indicates that traffic fatalities are a leading cause of police officer fatalities nationally.

On the advice of U.S. Border Patrol, troopers detained Danilo and Antonio and relinquished the two men to the Border Patrol, who released them later that same day.

Subsequently, Danilo and members of activists groups have publicly accused trooper Hatch and the Vermont State Police of for no other reason than race immediately focusing on himself and Antonio. However, fair and objective review of the dash camera video* from trooper Hatch’s cruiser raises serious questions and concerns about the legitimacy of allegations made.

Within the first few minutes of the video, trooper Hatch is seen approaching the passenger side of the truck. He stands directly outside the passenger side window briefly observing and assessing the situation. Not persuaded by his presence there to open the window, trooper Hatch then knocks on the window and more time elapses before the window is eventually opened and discussion between the trooper and the driver begins.

The raw video from trooper Hatch’s cruiser does not provide casual observers any obvious evidence of whatever transpired among the occupants within the cab of the truck while he observed them and patiently waited for the window to be opened. Objectively, it is here to be considered that active police officers in Vermont receive specific training in observing and interpreting behaviors, actions, etc. and certain exhibited behaviors and actions raise red flags among trained professionals.

Background traffic noise throughout the over 46 minutes of raw video from trooper Hatch’s cruiser makes discerning some communications among trooper Hatch, the men in the truck, and other troopers difficult and in instances the dialogue is inaudible.

Despite this, what can be discerned from this video and is supported by the additional videos is that at no point does trooper Hatch (or the other troopers involved) exhibit any obvious conduct or language suggesting racial profiling. Contrarily, the videos are rather uneventful, but these do provide insight into the at times mundane nature of police work.

None of the troopers appears to violate the Vermont State Police Bias-Free Policing Procedures. Rather, viewed objectively it becomes apparent that this traffic stop became lengthy because the troopers were taking great pains to assure compliance with it.

*On September 28, Green Mountain Scribes requested of the Vermont State Police a copy of trooper hatch’s dash camera video and, courteously and without hesitation, VSP provided copies of not only trooper Hatch’s dash camera video, but also copies of the dash camera videos from two additional VSP cruisers on scene.

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7 thoughts on “Undocumented Aliens File Questionable Racial Profiling Complaint Against Vermont State Police

  1. They are illegal!! Why were they released? This is the problem, and the illegal’s know it….they get released and then they dissapear back into society….They should be detained and deported!! NO questions asked!

  2. They were illegal aliens, that means that they broke Federal Laws by just being in the U.S. The driver possibly was in violation of laws by transporting illegal aliens. The two aliens should have been processed and deported, not just released. The frivolous complaint should not have even been considered by any judge. The only thing that the complaint does is make the VSP think if they want to go through with this BS again.

  3. Last Friday, with no fanfare, no press coverage, and with every effort made to hide his actions from the American people, President Obama enacted the DREAM Act by executive order.
    Opposed by a majority of the American people and twice defeated in Congress, the DREAM Act grants amnesty to any illegal alien residing in the United States if s/he agrees to enlist in the U.S. Military or enter college.
    The Obama administration memo from the John Morton, Director of I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) directs I.C.E. Agents now to use “prosecutorial discretion” with regard to enforcing immigration laws. Director Morton says that Obama Administration policy directs border patrol agents not to enforce immigration laws: “When ICE favorably exercises prosecutorial discretion, it essentially decides not to assert the full scope of the enforcement authority available to the agency.”
    You read that right. According to the Obama administration “favorable” enforcement means NOT enforcing the law
    The problem starts at the top with a directive (EO) from one man. When one person makes a law dictating everyone to follow, remind me what thats called again.

  4. You know why I stopped you.
    You have I did?
    Where are you from?
    What country are you from?
    You have a green card…?
    You’re legal to be in the United States…?
    What country are you from?
    How did you come into the United States?
    What city in Mexico are you from?
    Have you ever been stopped by Border Patrol…’been deported?
    We’ll hang out here until Border Patrol comes. You guys aren’t going anywhere?
    What was the initial reason for the “Trooper’s” stop?
    You can 21 Border Patrol that I have two undocumented aliens.
    …crossed sometime ago… (Legal entry vs. Legal Presence)
    …I can hook them up….right…
    I’m pretty certain we can deal with this situation. Then the “Trooper” invents a charge to hold them under.
    At 10:55 I had to stop the video.
    Objectively speaking, racial profiling.

    • Interesting that you choose to ignore what happens prior to the questioning, so let’s recall that:

      Trooper Hatch approached the vehicle from the passenger side and stood, ignored by the vehicles occupants, until he knocked on the window. Even then, there is still a lapse of time until the window is rolled down.

      It is during this time he is observing behavior and language that raises his legitimate suspicions.

      Good police work.

    • Bullshit you liar. Go blow smoke up your own ass not mine or anyone elses. the (invented) charge is that there UNDOCUMENTED you dumb ass. This country has laws and has had them well before you were born. You don’t like them then get the fuck out. When are people gonna start sticking up for the American People. This makes me sick and you should be ashamed. Your probably an Illegal yourself.

  5. Ok travelling almost 20 miles over the posted speed limit with two people who cannot speak english and who seem to not want to interact with a police officer when he arrives at the vehicle – I find it hard to call this racial profiling. We have become a country so worried about previous civil rights issues that we fail to see the current dangers posed by illegal immigrants in our country who are being given free reign to commit crimes because they know they will only be sent back and then they will come back again. It is time people wake up and smell the coffee and realize the potential issues including economic these people bring with them. The hold over civil rights folks who just want to complain about the police without reviewing the facts first and want to allow freeflow of illegals into this country. Lets see how much you appreciate the police when one of these illegals or anyone whacked out on the drugs poured across our borders from the same groups bringing them in. Wake up.

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