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Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Va. State Police

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The Florida Civil Rights Association is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate what it claims are civil rights abuses by two local state troopers in Arlington.

The association claims the troopers used excessive force, racial slurs, ethnic jokes and vulgar language against a Hispanic woman at the scene of a traffic accident on Interstate-395 in Arlington in July. Marier Ferrer had crashed her vehicle into an HOV gate.

The group distributed a state police dashboard camera video showing a scuffle as she is arrested after refusing to sign a traffic summons. Police question Ferrer's statement that she is a doctor, suggesting she might work at Taco Bell, and make remarks about "burrito doctors" and a "jalapeno" police report.

The Virginia State police did not immediately comment on the complaint.

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