Lawsuit Over Detention of 3 Non-English Speakers by Salisbury Police

Apr 24, 2014


Three Salisbury City police officers are facing a lawsuit on behalf of three non-English speakers who were held for more than four hours without being offered a reason.

The suit alleges that guns were drawn on them and that they were handcuffed.

The three speak Haitian Creole speakers with little fluency in English.

Frank Natale with Maryland Legal Aid told the Salisbury Daily Times that he’s hoping the two sides can discuss an out-of-court resolution to the suit.

He says no specific monetary damages have been asked for.

Natale says he’d like to see an interpreter be used when police question or arrest a person who does not speak English.