The lawsuit sought a class-action status, but that was dropped in lieu of the settlement.
The other two named plaintiffs work as prison guards on the Olympic Peninsula. One of them, Ernest Grimes, said a Border Patrol agent pulled him over in 2011 with his hand on his weapon while yelling at him to roll down his window. The agent provided no reason for the traffic stop while he interrogated Grimes about his immigration status, the lawsuit alleges. Grimes, who is black, was wearing his guard uniform at the time.
In August, the chief of the Border Patrol's sector that covers western Washington was transferred out of the area, according to the Bellingham Herald. No reason was given.
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