Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Update: One of the people arrested during the protest outside Southside Presbyterian Church, Mari Galup, is being charged with assaulting a federal officer and will be arraigned today at the DeConcini Federal Courthouse at 1 p.m.
There will be an emergency press conference to take place noon today at Southside Presbyterian Church on 317 W. 23rd St. in response to Tucson Police Department's call to Border Patrol after a minor traffic stop that led to an arrest:
Local Tucson Police Department (TPD) officers called Border Patrol on a worker and a loving father—Agustin and Arturo— Tuesday evening for a minor traffic stop. In response to this SB 1070 injustice, community members surrounded the Border Patrol vehicle locked in arms in order to protest the detention of Agustin and Arturo. The Border Patrol agents rushed-in to break the non-violent circle. About 20 TPD cars and 15 Border Patrol vehicles arrived to the scene. Agents pushed elderly women, threatened youth with tasers, shot people with rubber bullets, and pepper-sprayed community members.
Furthermore, Border Patrol interrogated random people on the sidewalk and took community leader Rosa Leal, even after she showed agents an Arizona driver’s license. They also handcuffed and detained local activist Mari Galup.
In light of the growing debate on immigration reform, collaborations between local police and immigration agents, as well as criminalization of migrants and militarization of the US-Mexico border continue. Our community does not stand for this.
The community demands that local TPD stop calling Border Patrol. Otherwise, Police Chief Villaseñor must go!
Please join us at a Press Conference to hear from community members that were present.