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The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a loitering ordinance that was used to arrest four Latino men earlier this year in Prince William County.

ACLU attorneys say the county's loitering law is unconstitutionally vague. It makes loitering a crime when there's ''a reasonable suspicion that such person may be ... about to engage in a crime.''

The four men were arrested in May outside an apartment complex where they lived. Rebecca Glenberg, the ACLU legal director, says she believes the men were targeted because of their ethnicity.

The county recently enacted tough policies designed to remove illegal immigrants. Critics say the policies masked hostility toward Latinos. The county attorney could not be reached for comment.

Kavitha Cardoza reports...

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