Post details: Arizona DPS Delivers 'Service' With A Smile

2009-05-13

Permalink 01:47:50, Categories: Privacy, Right to Travel, Homeland Security?, Checkpoints, 622 words   English (EU)

Arizona DPS Delivers 'Service' With A Smile


(The enforcer with the sadistic grin on his face while tasering a non-violent individual is Arizona DPS Officer J. Mitchell)

Steven Anderson, the individual recently brutalized at an internal suspicionless immigration checkpoint by Border Patrol agents and Arizona DPS officers, has just posted video of part of the incident. Initially, Anderson's camera was seized by the DPS but it looks like his attorney has successfully negotiated its return along with some of the video footage from Border Patrol surveillance cameras.

(Correction: it appears that the DPS released a DVD with video footage to Anderson and his attorney but the cameras seized have not yet been returned)

[More:]

The video picks up just moments before an Arizona DPS officer, with a sadistic grin on his face, breaks out the passenger side window at the same time a Border Patrol agent breaks out the driver's side window. Right after breaking Anderson's window, the DPS officer can be seen sticking his taser through the broken glass and pulling the trigger while continuing to grin wickedly:


After watching the video, it's fairly obvious the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) had little to no legitimate basis to intervene. If the Border Patrol's K9 did indeed alert as the Border Patrol claim (and the DPS officer parroted without proof or first hand knowledge), the Border Patrol wouldn't have needed the presence or assistance of DPS officers to take further action.

Rather, the Border Patrol clearly used the Arizona DPS to do the bulk of their dirty work for them while the State officers allowed themselves to be used by federal agents at a federal immigration checkpoint in which they were neither trained or certified to participate in or respond to.

Playing the video slowly, you can see the Arizona DPS officer on the passenger side with a sadistic grin on his face just before breaking the window:

The sadistic grin is still there after the window has been broken and the officer is in the process of tasering Anderson:

On the other side of the vehicle, Border Patrol surveillance footage along with Anderson's camera, show what appears to be a Border Patrol agent with a baton preparing to break out the driver's side window while an Arizona DPS officer directs the agent from behind.


(A DPS officer standing next to a Border Patrol agent holding a baton can be seen in the driver's side mirror)

Yep, Arizona DPS officers allowed themselves to be commandeered by federal agents who knew they had no legitimate basis to search Anderson's car or continue the detention.

If the K9 had indeed alerted, they wouldn't have had a problem bringing it back out to show the DPS officers. There also wouldn't have been a problem seeking a warrant from a judge. Of course, when an agent seeks a warrant, he must attest to probable cause under penalty of perjury which is why Border Patrol agents prefer to not seek warrants in such cases. This allows them to falsify a K9 alert with little risk to themselves. After all, it's rather difficult to cross-examine a dog in a court of law.

Instead of protecting an Arizona citizen who was peacefully asserting his rights in the face of aggressive, over-reaching federal agents at a suspicionless federal checkpoint along a state highway, these so-called state 'public safety' officers chose to initiate potentially lethal violence instead.

At least it can't be said Arizona DPS officers don't know how to deliver 'service' with a smile:

If you would really like to bring a smile to those responsible for this outrage at the Arizona Department of Public Safety, please consider donating to Steven Anderson's legal defense fund. It's my understanding a civil rights lawsuit is also in the works.

Comments:

Comment from: Kol. Klink [Visitor]
Sadistic grin?

I don't think the jackboot is grinning, much less sadistically; he's just squinting while doing an efficient job of subduing a terrorist (somebody who knows how to spell "constitution.")
Permalink 2009-05-13 @ 05:20
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] · http://tinyurl.com/5anb4p
Why the Taser?
Permalink 2009-05-13 @ 09:58
Comment from: TimM [Visitor]
Disgusting.
Permalink 2009-05-13 @ 19:40
Comment from: Chris K. [Visitor]
I've said it before, I'll say it again. There is nothing here that couldn't be solved by some tall trees and short ropes.
Permalink 2009-05-14 @ 10:16
Comment from: Randall Reed [Visitor]
If Anderson brings suit I hope this website will post the court documents, as it does for the Bressi TOPD legal actions. It will be interesting to learn the identities of the officers involved, and perhaps investigate their backgrounds. Perhaps Anderson will make available materials obtained in Discovery. Anderson certainly is a fearless Patriot.
Permalink 2009-05-15 @ 22:02
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] · http://tinyurl.com/5anb4p
Civil disobedience is non violent.

Why was he treated like he was physically resisting?
Permalink 2009-05-16 @ 15:12
Comment from: ahasp [Visitor]
So I'm curious, were drugs found in his car?
Permalink 2009-05-18 @ 19:39
Comment from: Checkpoint USA [Member]
So I'm curious, were drugs found in his car?

No - nothing illegal was found in his car which means the dog either falsely alerted or, more likely, the Border Patrol K-9 handler lied.
Permalink 2009-05-18 @ 20:05
Comment from: ahasp [Visitor]
Checkpoint USA,

Thanks for clearing that up. I just read that in another thread. If there are consistently false alerts then the K-9 unit alerts should be disallowed as a source of reasonable cause.
Permalink 2009-05-18 @ 20:18
Comment from: visitor [Visitor]
Who knows if the "PATRIOT" had smoked a marijuana cigarette earlier in the day. The K-9 could have alerted to the smoke. Oh, excuse me, but the "PATRIOT" would do no such thing. All he does is drive around and refuse to follow orders from law enforcement. Come on people don't be so quick to try and condemn officers for doing their jobs.
Permalink 2009-05-20 @ 01:26
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] · http://tinyurl.com/5anb4p
In the police state, smoking marijuana earlier in the day is not authorized- even in states where medical marijuana is legal.

If you did it, or someone who rode in your car did it- the dog will know. If you do not follow orders- you will get your ass kicked.

And "The Troops are fighting to protect our rights and freedoms"
Permalink 2009-05-20 @ 10:18
Comment from: Mike Chicago [Visitor]
This is happening every single day across the country. These "officers of the law" are little men with big power granted to them by the very people they harass and violate. Aren't there serious criminals everywhere in this country who get away with rape, theft, assault, murder? A nerdy pastor is the least of our worries! If these so called "troops" are protecting us, why does every single man in America want to beat the **** out of every cop that comes into his sight??? 300,000,000 Americans need to rise up in opposition of these "little men." How many officers were getting paid to take down this guy? How many were there?? 12, 13? Sickening!!
Permalink 2009-06-22 @ 09:27
Comment from: Mike Chicago [Visitor]
And one more thought: Lawyers will be disbarred and lose their right to practice if they get a DUI. Troops as Alex likes to call them are suspended for a few weeks if they get a DUI. Key to that sentence IF!!! They all have a little man brotherhood to cover each others asses and I have seen with my own eyes an off duty "officer" piss drunk getting pulled over and given a ride home by his officer buddy. Oh I forgot though, you little men are above the law right? Commie Cops must have had quite a bullied childhood.
Permalink 2009-06-22 @ 09:41
Comment from: Disgusted [Visitor] · http://www.youtube.com/checkpointusa
Even a blind man can see the erosion of freedom happening in this country. Soon it will be impossible to go anywhere without dui, sobriety, terrorist, illegal alien, drug, doughnut or whatever-we-want-to-call-it checkpoints. This is not freedom or liberty. This is abuse of authority and criminal coersion, and no one is safe from it. Anyone who defends checkpoints should have visited soviet Russia to see what is next for the U.S. Papers Please!
Permalink 2009-07-16 @ 23:08
Comment from: gerry [Visitor]
Disgusting. The United States of U.S.S.R is so schitzophrenic paranoid that it terrorizes it`s citizens for no reason at all.
Permalink 2009-08-15 @ 14:48
Comment from: Jim [Visitor]
I cannot believe that this Nazi like behaviour is being tolerated in the USA. How many Americans died to stop this kind of crap in foreign nations?
How many more of its own young will America kill to export this kind of crap to other nations under the guise of democracy and freedom?
This has got to stop.
Permalink 2009-08-31 @ 11:46
Comment from: Jerry Alexander [Visitor]
So what? If you think the American people will do anything,or,even care...your a dumb ass in spades.
Such video`s should be shown to the children of the bastard officers.
I understand that their is an "Under Cover" officer taking the training at this time..we`ll get the truth on how,and what they teach..soon! And he`s,or,she`s taking names.
Permalink 2009-09-02 @ 03:50
Comment from: marcus sick truth [Visitor]
i don't feel too bad when i hear these guys get blasted because they probably have done something bad in their life to deserve their fate. Border patrol is fucked off they receive payments from drug cartels to let their shipments come through and to bust their rival competitors shipments.
Permalink 2009-11-19 @ 17:43
Comment from: Joey [Visitor]
This officer is not grinning, he is squinting, resulting in he teeth showing. He had the authority to take the necessary action to subdue an uncooperative subject. If a police officer gives someone an order to do something, they are required to do it if the order is reasonable. This order was reasonable considering BP stated they had probable cause to search the car. If he had nothing to hide, why didn't he just get out?? Good job DPS.
Permalink 2009-12-10 @ 17:19
Comment from: Elroy [Visitor]
My drug sniffing dog, who is away now, barked when we passed your house.
We now have probable cause to search your house.

Thank god I don't live in the USA. Freedom has become a joke. But it's happening in Europe too, laws being passed curbing your rights in the name of security. Subsequently these laws are all used for what the politicians swear they weren't intended. The US is just a few steps ahead of us :(
Permalink 2009-12-27 @ 06:05
Comment from: Elroy [Visitor]
How does it even work in the US? In the Netherlands, if one police officer tells another he suspects I have drugs, that other officer does not have probable cause! In this case that would mean DPS can not act on BP without their own probable cause.

When an illigal immigrant gets pulled over for a traffic violation in the Netherlands and the officer is suspicious asks for his passport and 'green card' he will go free. The traffic violation is no probable cause to ask for anything but a drivers license. Only failing to show that, can the police ask for other identification.

Funnily enough back here an anonymous phone call would be probable cause, so the BP agent could get out of sight and make an anonymous phone call to give DPS what they need.

Probable cause is not something to be taken lightly and be stepped over. It's necesary to prevent a police state.

I have a few friends that are cops and you'd be scared if you knew what they think they should be allowed to do. Some have out right stated they should be able to search any house/car whenever they wanted to. If you did nothing wrong you would have no reason to object to that. And if you had done something wrong, why should you have any rights?

Anyone still wondering why I don;t trust cops?
Permalink 2009-12-27 @ 06:18
Comment from: lewis [Visitor]
this Fucking cocks deserve to go to prison and get fuck right in the ass hole by the same guys they sent there to be begin with motherfuckers Dickers this other cop lovers posting this or so good protectors are sucking this cop dicks and full of shit themselves what happen to this country I don't know but this assholes will have to kill me to do something like this I wont do down without a fight... more power to you my friend I hope you get your date in court! and get this assholes off the streets!!
Permalink 2010-03-11 @ 09:07
Comment from: Dawson Lodge [Visitor]
No less drugs, just more thugs.
Fuhrer Nixon's wet dream come true.
Achtung! More of your tax dollars
wasted for ZERO benefit.

Of course this is totally financed
by Red China.......

Attn webmaster: Recommend using the subject of the page as the top line title, rather than all of them having the website name,
so as to facilitate the saving of
bookmarks (favorites) in appropriate
categories.

A job well done, God Bless the Free
Web Press, since the traditional press has betrayed us like our criminal government.
Permalink 2010-09-19 @ 01:25

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