Donna Auguste, a high-tech entrepreneur, settled her lawsuit for $1 million against Santa Clara California and Larimar County, Colorado. Santa Clara County will pay Auguste $750,000 and Larimar County will pay $250,000. Auguste filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in 2003 after she alleged sheriff’s deputies and investigators with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office used false information to obtain a search warrant for her Lyons home. She claims one reason they did this is because of her race-black. She alleged racial discrimination.
Auguste alleged she was harassed and intimidated by Santa Clara authorities after she investigated a sexual assault case involving her nephew, Damon Auguste. The lawsuit claimed California authorities tried to harass and intimidate witnesses and members of Damon Auguste’s family including Donna Auguste. The harassment included having sheriff’s deputies execute a search warrant based on false information from the California authorities.