Officer serves short suspension after notifying ICE about Latino vet’s arrest

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In this Feb. 26, 2019 file photo, Grand Rapids interim Police Chief David Kiddle speaks during a City Commission meeting that had a crowd of protesters in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Grand Rapids Press and WOOD-TV report that Grand Rapids police Capt. Curtis VanderKooi, a Michigan police officer accused by activists of racial profiling after he notified immigration officials about the arrest of a mentally ill Latino war veteran has served a two-day suspension. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez is a war veteran who was picked up at the Kent County jail and detained for three days in December by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Kent County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan police officer accused by activists of racial profiling after he notified immigration officials about the arrest of a mentally ill Latino war veteran has served a two-day suspension.

The Grand Rapids Press and WOOD-TV report Tuesday that Grand Rapids police Capt. Curtis VanderKooi served a 20-hour, unpaid suspension for violating department policy. Officials say he will also attend supplemental training.

An appeals board in May reversed the department’s decision to exonerate VanderKooi. A union representing command officers objects to the reversal and the discipline.

Activists called for VanderKooi’s firing after Immigration and Customs Enforcement held Jilmar Ramos-Gomez for three days in December before releasing the Michigan-born man and U.S. citizen. VanderKooi told ICE about Ramos-Gomez’ November arrest at a hospital, referring to him as “loco,” or crazy.

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