Detroit Rapper Sues Canadian Border Services
January 22, 2007 at 5:44 AM (PT)
THE DETROIT NEWS reports that the head of a DETROIT rap recording label has filed a $900 million lawsuit against CANADIAN border officials, alleging he has been racially harassed when he attempts to enter CANADA.
JEROME ALMON, who heads MURDERCAP RECORDS in DETROIT, alleges in the lawsuit he has been repeatedly detained and harassed on the CANADIAN side of the DETROIT-WINSOR border since 1992.
ALMON, who is representing himself, said he believes part of his problems crossing the border relate to allegations made against him by a former CANADIAN girlfriend who has filed a CANADIAN civil lawsuit against him.
But he said CANADIAN officials were not aware of her allegations during much of the time they have harassed him, and his lawsuit cites alleged racist remarks by border agents. DEREK MELLON, a spokesman for CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY in OTTAWA said, "When a person presents themselves at the border, the burden is on the person coming to prove they are admissible to CANADA. Our officers don't discriminate according to race, religion, nationality or origin."