Legal Brief Today reports:
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU/SC) has brought a federal class action lawsuit against the US on behalf of two immigrants who said they were forcibly drugged with sedatives during deportation proceedings, notes a report on the Jurist site.
The ACLU/SC began an investigation into the alleged incidents soon after the allegations were made. In one incident from December 2004, Reverend Raymond Soeoth, a minister from Indonesia, claims that he was held down by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and injected with Haldol, a powerful anti-psychotic, despite refusing the medication. Amadou Diouf, a Senegalese man married to a US citizen, was allegedly injected with an unidentified psychotropic drug while resisting an illegal deportation in 2005. Neither of the men has a history of mental illness, and the ACLU/SC alleges the druggings were merely meant to silence them.