2 African American football players file false-arrest suit against Utah and Idaho police | State


Two Idaho State University football players were driving through Box Elder County, headed home to California on Christmas break 2016, when Utah police arrested and jailed them on accusations of bank robbery.

Nehemiah McFarlin and Atoa Fox spent that night and most of the next day in the Box Elder County Jail in Brigham City until they were freed.

“Other than being ‘black,’ neither McFarlin nor Fox matched the description of the robbery participant,” attorneys for the two said in a U.S. District Court suit filed Wednesday alleging false arrest, illegal search and seizure and excessive force.

Three weeks later, a 20-year-old Ogden man, also an African American, was arrested by the FBI for a…

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