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Law Enforcement: Lawsuit and Palmer Challenges

law enforcement: Local police departments lack authority under state or federal law for such arrests, the lawsuit states, according to Metro News. Michael Gatti, an attorney who represents Palmer, said the city has received a copy of the complaint, and it is being reviewed. The lawsuit against the city of Palmer challenges the authority of local law enforcement to make civil immigration arrests, ACLU-Alaska attorney Tara Rich said. The case, filed on behalf of Alex Caceda kuh-SAY-duh on Thursday, seeks unspecified damages. He tried to help a female bartender who was being attacked and was himself punched and kicked by three men who left him bleeding from his head and face, the lawsuit says. Caceda's full name, according to the filing, is Andres Alexander to the lawsuit, Caceda was helping provide security at a bar in Palmer, about 40 miles north of Anchorage, when a fight broke out last August. ( As reported in the news.