The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding that a Colorado sheriff apologize after he issued a warning about gypsies.
Arapahoe County Sheriff J. Grayson Robinson recently issued an alert titled “Gypsy Scams” in which he warned citizens about gypsies who target the elderly and commit frauds and burglaries. Allegedly, several homeowners in the area have recently been duped by gypsies.
Robinson’s description of gypsies is what upset the ACLU. He described a gypsy as a “medium to dark complexioned Caucasian” with “dark hair and dark eyes.” In the eyes of ACLU, Robinson’s depiction will cause racial profiling.
Staff Attorney Sara Rich said that Robinson’s warning “can only serve to heighten any preexisting biases that community members may already have against ethnic groups that fit this general description, including Latinos.”
Furthermore, the ACLU believes that the description will subject “countless innocent individuals to the risk of potential discrimination and harassment.”
ACLU attorneys want the sheriff:
- To retract his warning about “Gypsy Scams.”
- To publicly condemn discrimination based on physical appearance.
- To release any records in Arapahoe County related to gypsies.
The ACLU has given the sheriff 10 days to apologize before taking further action.