Post details: Video from Steven Anderson's court hearing now available


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Video from Steven Anderson's court hearing now available

[Angry Border Patrol agents riot in the streets after charges against Anderson were dismissed with prejudice ;)]

07 May 2010 Update: Photo clarification appears below

Steven Anderson was beaten and tazered by U.S. Border Patrol agents and Arizona DPS officers at a suspicionless Homeland Security checkpoint East of Yuma in April of 2009. The reason for the beat down was because Mr. Anderson chose to peacefully exercise his right not to be searched absent probable cause and a warrant signed by a federal judge.

To add insult to injury, after beating Mr. Anderson, he was also charged by Arizona DPS officers with several violations of state law even though he had been seized at a federal checkpoint by federal agents allegedly enforcing federal law.


On December 16, 2009, Mr. Anderson was in Yuma, Arizona Justice Court attending a pre-trial hearing regarding those charges with his attorney Marc Victor. By the end of the day, Mr. Victor was successful in having the charges dismissed with prejudice.

Selected video clips from the hearing appear below followed by video footage of the checkpoint incident itself that lead to the charges. For those needing additional background information regarding this case, I provide links to previous coverage appearing on this blog:

As seen in the video clips below, there's a lot of useful material to work with from the December 2009 court hearing. I intend to write about the content of these videos in greater detail as time permits but thought it was important to provide links to them now.

My thanks go out to Mr. Anderson for making these videos available on his YouTube website. I hope he intends on releasing the remainder of the court hearing video footage in the near future so we have an opportunity to view the proceedings from start to finish.

Video footage from the April 2009 checkpoint incident:


Clarification: I thought it was obvious but apparently not. The Border Patrol did not riot in the streets after the court dismissed all charges against Steven Anderson (at least to my knowledge). According to a reader, the picture appearing at the top of this entry originated from a video taken of Border Patrol agents attacking a group of peaceful protesters near the Calexico Port of Entry several years ago. My apologies for not making it more clear. The picture and caption were a poor attempt at injecting humor into an otherwise humorless incident


Comment from: Doug [Visitor]
Border Patrol Agent Ernesto Gomez is a cretin. He comes across as barely human. I don't even know anybody like him. It's frightening that he's assaulting people for the government.
Permalink 2010-05-06 @ 23:37
Comment from: duke [Visitor]
The Picture of Border Patrol Rioting at Anderson's acquittal is fake in relation to the trial. hollywoodnight — November 13, 2007 — The Calexico and Mexicali CA sector is one of the worst for violence and illegal activity. See frame at 1.08 min. Please report the facts accurately.
Permalink 2010-05-07 @ 16:22
Comment from: Checkpoint USA [Member]
"The Picture of Border Patrol Rioting at Anderson's acquittal is fake in relation to the trial."

Of course it is duke. That's why I included the emonicon at the end. But thanks for pointing out the obvious.
Permalink 2010-05-07 @ 20:07
Comment from: interseting [Visitor]

Many people will not find it obvious because they do not understand "emonicons" (emoticon?). It is even less obvious if have not seen the video. Thought you liked to stick to the facts.
Permalink 2010-05-12 @ 22:01
Comment from: Steve M. [Visitor]
thanks again for posting these videos. They are educational as well as shocking. It is obvious the Border Patrol is run in the same way as the TSA, untrained thugs with a power trip. They say their sniffing dog is infallible, yet no contraband was found in Mr. Anderson's vehicle. WTH?

If they actually caught an Illegal Immigrant, they would just turn him loose anyway, so what's the point? Why go through all the theatre to justify a cushy government job? No one is denying the need for Border Security, but it should be run in a professional and Constitutional way, not by beating citizens who fail to kowtow for random rules.
Permalink 2010-05-21 @ 19:38
Comment from: Beth in Arizona [Visitor]
I have that illegal immigrant story for ya!!

"Juvenile Arrested Twice in Five Days for Smuggling Marijuana

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested a juvenile male for the second time in five days for trying to smuggle marijuana into the country near the Colorado River.

According to agent Shaun Kuzia, a spokesman for the Yuma Sector, the juvenile's most recent attempt and arrest happened on Sunday at about 7 p.m., after agents detected the illegal entry of an individual riding a bicycle near County 7th Street and the Colorado River.

“We are n't sure if he brought his bike across with him,” Kuzia said. “Agents detected his bicycle tire signs along the river and began tracking him.”

Kuzia said agents tracked the tire tracks to the brush along the Colorado River and located a 17-year-old Mexican citizen, the bicycle and a make-shift backpack full of marijuana.

“The agents tracked him and found him hiding in the brush with his bicycle and a bundle of marijuana,” Kuzia said.

Agents arrested the juvenile and seized the marijuana, weighing 30 pounds with an estimated street value of $24,000. Border Patrol agents ran records checks on the juvenile and discovered that he was arrested on July 14 by Yuma Station Border Patrol agents after illegally entering the country in the same area.

That time, Kuzia said, he was arrested after illegally entering the country carrying 27 pounds of marijuana. He was also riding a bicycle at the time of arrest. The juvenile was not prosecuted for smuggling at that time, Kuzia said, but instead was taken into custody and deported.

Following this smuggling attempt, Border Patrol agents turned the juvenile and marijuana over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force."

If I had 27 pounds of marijuana in my backpack, I wouldn't be sent home and told "never come back." I'd be sitting in jail without bond!! These criminals need to be tried and jailed at the expense of the feds and Mexico. Arizona cannot afford to jail these criminals.
Permalink 2010-07-19 @ 22:21

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