City of Grand Rapids to pay $190K to veteran wrongfully detained by ICE

Posted at 6:42 AM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 06:42:11-05

(WXYZ) — A lawsuit has been settled with the city of Grand Rapids and a veteran who was threatened with deportation.

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez was arrested in November 2018 after allegedly setting a small fire on top of a hospital.

Following his arrest, an off-duty police captain in Grand Rapids called federal immigration authorities. The Afghanistan war veteran was held for three days.

An ACLU attorney says Ramos-Gomez's actions were the result of his PTSD.

Ramos-Gomez was awarded $190,000 in the suit. The ACLU is still in litigation with the federal government over the case.