Officer Asks "Are You Illegal" After Latino Man Was Run Over by a Car

Screenshot from Univision News

Marcos Antonio Huete was biking to work in Key West, Florida on April 27 when a vehicle hit him, but a police officer on the scene was more concerned with his immigration status than his wellbeing.

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"You illegal? Are you a legal citizen or no? Speak English? You got ID? Passport, visa, or what," a Monroe County sheriff asked Huete, an immigrant from Honduras, according to video footage from his body camera.

The man, 31, answered the officer's questions while on the ground, and then phoned his sister, who quickly came to his side.

Huete was eventually taken to the hospital, but as soon as he came out on crutches, he was asked to return to the scene.

There, a Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHP) officer gave him a $75 fine for causing the accident. According to reports, Huete "darted out in front" of a pickup truck as it turned right across a marked crosswalk hitting the back tire of Huete's bicycle. As such, the cop reasoned that the driver, a 45-year-old Key West woman, was not at fault.

The man's sister, Olga Huete, was outraged that officers blamed her brother for the incident. "The fact that we do not have papers does not mean that we do not have rights," she said, according to Univision.

Soon, Border Patrol agents were present and asked to see Huete's papers. Undocumented, he was taken away and sent to the Krome Detention Center near Miami, where he has spent almost a month pending deportation.

The agency states that Huete has a deportation order that dates back to 2010 and also faces criminal charges for re-entering the U.S. after previously being expelled.

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The family of Huete, who works in construction and local restaurants to support his mother and children in Honduras, has contacted an attorney to fight for him to stay in the U.S.