Hispanic woman claims racial discrimination - WKRN News 2

Hispanic woman claims racial discrimination


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A woman is claiming racial discrimination after she was pulled over, she says, because she is Hispanic.

Juana Villegas De La Paz was nine months pregnant when Berry Hill police pulled her over and arrested her for driving without a license.

A few days later, her water broke and she was taken to the hospital to deliver Gael, her new baby boy.

Both she and her attorney, Elliott Ozment, claim they do not know why Berry Hill officers pulled her over in the first place and furthermore, why she was arrested and not issued a citation like most others would have been.

"This is typical of the way Latinos are treated nowadays in this community and it's unfortunate," said Ozment.

De La Paz had her three children in the car with her when she was pulled over.

She was forced to leave them behind and told News 2 she thought she'd never see them again.

De La Paz also claims she was in restraints during birth.

Ozment said the way she was treated just isn't right and is convinced the case is racial profiling.

Davidson County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Karla Weikal said De La Paz was deported several years ago and because of that, is considered a medium security inmate.

Weikal said De La Paz was chained to the bed but removed from the restraints about two hours prior to giving birth and free from restraints several hours after.

She said in the women's facility it is not rare to have pregnant inmates, and the women still have to face their charges.

Ozment said they are going to continue to look into the case.

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