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Posted on: March 14, 2019

Joint Statement on Recent ACLU Report

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Joint Statement from Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik on recent ACLU report:

“A recent report by the ACLU implies the City of Norwalk and Norwalk Police Department have an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement – that is not true. We do not report anyone’s immigration status. On its face, it appears data from a cloud-based law enforcement database used by NPD was used by ICE to obtain information on specific individuals. That is not the intent of this database, as it is meant to assist law enforcement with criminal investigations.

“We want to be clear: Norwalk welcomes all people. We proudly stand with immigrants and residents of all backgrounds and beliefs. Our diversity is one of the greatest strengths of our community. It is the express policy of the Norwalk Police Department to refrain from cooperating or assisting with federal immigration actions.

“We are proud of the work we have done as a City and Department to build trust and strengthen relationships across different communities. The Norwalk Police Department will continue to protect and serve the residents of Norwalk.

“The City and Norwalk Police Department are investigating these allegations and will take appropriate actions to remedy the situation.”

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