ACLU sues for information on man who died in ICE custody in Aurora

9NEWS (Denver):

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for information on the 64-year-old man who died after being held in ICE custody.  

The lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday, seeks requested records related to the arrest, detention and death of Kamyar Samimi –an Iranian man who died on Dec. 2, 2017 while in ICE custody at the Aurora Contract Detention Center.

Samimi was arrested by ICE deportation officers at his home on Nov. 17, 2017 in relation to a felony possession of cocaine conviction from 2005 in Arapahoe County District Court. Based on his criminal conviction, Samimi was rendered removable, according to ICE. He died 15 days later. 

ICE said the Samimi fell ill the morning of Dec. 2 and died from cardiac arrest at the University of Colorado Medical Center (UCMC) later in the day.

The ACLU alleges that ICE has not provided a thorough explanation surrounding the cause of Samimi’s death.

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