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Santa Clara to pay $499,000 after trashing home of Muslim federal agent

Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, April 27, 2016
The city of Santa Clara agreed to pay a Pakistani American homeland security agent and his parents $499,000 to settle a federal lawsuit that claimed police illegally searched and trashed their home and made an unlawful arrest, actions motivated in part by the familys Islamic faith, their attorney said Wednesday.Muhammad Moneeb and his parents filed a civil rights suit against the city a year ago, saying police conducted a military-style raid looking for a $300 camera, a ransacking that left the familys Quran and other religious items on the floor. ... The City Council voted to approve the settlement Tuesday night, with $350,000 going to Moneeb and his parents and $149,000 earmarked for legal costs, said the familys attorney, Michael Haddad. The deal requires the city to support Moneebs petition to seal and destroy all records that claimed he threatened police officers. The family has since moved out of the city. "I am glad the City of Santa Clara has decided to end this episode of misconduct by its police department," Moneeb said in a statement Wednesday. "I hope this will bring awareness so no Santa Clara resident has to endure what our family went through and the police officers involved are held accountable for their actions."

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