Sponsored by


Note: This story is more than 5 years old.

Immigration activtists plan protest at TPD HQ

Immigration activists will protest at Tucson Police Department headquarters at noon Monday, to vent their frustration with Sunday's arrest of a migrant worker.

This will be the second protest in less than a week.

Sunday, Tucson police stopped Norlan Flores Prado near the intersection of 22nd Street and Columbus Boulevard for taking an improper right turn around 2:45 p.m., according to Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman for the department.

Prado did not have a driver's license and identified himself as being in the country illegally, Widmer said.

Norlan Flores Prado was held by TPD under requirements mandated by SB1070 until an unmarked Border Patrol vehicle arrived. Meanwhile, a crowd of protesters formed and TPD officers arrived to provide crowd control, taping off the area and keeping protesters back. Video captured during the incident shows at least six Border Patrol agents and around 10 TPD officers at the scene.

Two women, Sandra Garnica and Rachel Winch, crawled underneath the vehicle to keep the Border Patrol agents from leaving with Prado. Garnica and Winch were arrested by border agents but released without being charged later that evening.

Group Protection Network Coalition, which called for activists to protest during the arrest, is organizing Monday's protest in front of TPD headquarters, 270 S. Stone Ave.

- 30 -
have your say   

Latest comments on this storyRead all 4 »

Aug 11, 2014, 7:20 pm
-0 +1

People crawl under a border patrol car and obstruct an arrest of an illegal law breaking border crosser and are released after arrest with no consequence.???? Well, the lunatics are running the Asylum… Enforce our laws. If I tried that I’d be sitting in jail and probably tased. Special rights for Hispanics???? CLOSE THE BORDER….....

Aug 11, 2014, 2:43 pm
-0 +1

So I insist that the Tucson Sentinel from here on out refer to me as a “Sovereignty Activist”.

I got some unanswered questions here…

-First, what’s the problem? From what I’ve read, it appears as if the officer who conducted the traffic stop followed the law to the letter. What exactly did TPD do wrong here? What is there to protest?

-Second, how did the crowd know what was going on and who was involved? I have the same unanswered question with similar “protests”. I’ve been pulled over many, many times in my life…most of those times in one of Tucson’s many ghettos. No one ever came up to me to check on me and ask the circumstances of the traffic stops. So, how do these things get started?

-Third, why in the world are there no arrests for obstruction of justice? Seriously, I need an answer for this one. I have had a few friends in the cop business. All of them told me that interfering with a traffic stop is one of the stupidest things you can do, as cops see this as their most dangerous duty (the unknown) and are already somewhat on edge, anyway. Also, once I approached a traffic stop, as I knew the person getting arrested and I wanted to seize the opportunity to laugh at them. I just barely escaped an obstruction charge that night, and all I was doing is pointing and laughing. I didn’t put myself under anyone’s car or anything like that. What the hell is going on here?

Aug 11, 2014, 12:04 pm
-1 +2

Only candidates of the National TEA PARTY, moderate Conservatism will enforce immigration laws and follow the dictates of the Rule of Law, the Federal Registry and the US Constitution. We need National TEA PARTY candidates who will abide by the oath of allegiance, our sovereignty to respect the Rule of Law and the vision of our founders, the US Constitution. Rough your politicians up—verbally and introduce them to a pink slip, if they don’t follow the will of the people. Check this site that has the phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at: http://www.contactingthecongress/ to demand an end to illegal immigration and the dismantling of our laws, sovereignty and military, which is protection against our enemies. This is the number for the central switchboard for Congress to address your grievances at 800-224-3121.

Sorry, we missed your input...

You must be logged in or register to comment

Read all of TucsonSentinel.com's
coronavirus reporting here »