A Mexican migrant worker has filed a federal lawsuit against a group of men and women who allegedly beat him in northwest Iowa, as well as two police officers accused of covering up the crime.
The federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of Rafael Trevino, 43, and his family in the Northern District of Iowa, accuses Thomas Clayton Schroeder II, 25, and six others of committing a hate crime and violating Trevino’s civil rights when they kidnapped Trevino from the backyard of his home two years ago and beat him.
Lake View Police Chief Ted Helmich, a family friend of Schroeder’s, and the responding officer that night, A.W. Staples, are accused of covering up the crime, and not investigating Trevino’s allegation that he was assaulted, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit said charges were filed against Trevino related to breaking into Schroeder’s pickup truck and stealing items from it.
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