Over the past year, I’ve blogged about the increased Border Patrol presence in Washington State along with the agency’s use of internal suspicionless checkpoints. The use of these random checkpoints targeting domestic traffic away from the border resulted in a large public outcry along with organized resistance.
It now looks like public pressure in Washington State has had a positive effect.
Judge Andrew Napolitano, host of Fox’s Freedom Watch, interviewed Steven Anderson and his attorney Marc Victor on April 22, 2009.
Steven was beaten by Border Patrol agents and Arizona DPS officers at an internal suspicionless Border Patrol checkpoint last week for peacefully refusing to submit to a warrantless search that lacked probable cause or even reasonable suspicion. Border Patrol agents claim a drug dog alerted on Mr. Anderson’s car but Anderson claims otherwise. Additionally, the agents refused to bring the dog out a second time even though Anderson and DPS officers requested the agents do so.
Mr. Anderson was driving back to his home in Phoenix from San Diego when he was stopped and detained absent suspicion at an internal Homeland Security checkpoint seventy miles East of Yuma along I-8 in Southern Arizona.
I’m just coming up to speed on this latest outrage by the United States Border Patrol and will have more to report later. For now though, checkout the video (above) of the individual recently brutalized by the Border Patrol and Arizona Department of Public Safety over seventy miles East of Yuma along I-8 at a suspicionless internal immigration checkpoint.
This is just a brief update regarding today’s events in Pima County Justice Court related to this incident. Checkpoint USA won without uttering a word.
Tribal police officer Robert Carrasco arrived in court and presented his case in about five minutes or so. Normally, the defendant is then allowed to respond to the allegations but before I was allowed to speak, the judge dismissed the single charge of impeding traffic against me stating that the statute didn’t apply.
This is a quick update regarding the December 20, 2008 U.S. Border Patrol/tribal police encounter previously discussed here and here.
To recap, tribal police Officer Robert Carrasco, Badge #166, with the Tohono O’odham Police Department worked closely with U.S. Border Patrol Agents to maliciously cite me for impeding traffic while I was being seized by armed federal agents in front of two stop signs at a Homeland Security checkpoint located off the reservation along SR-86 in Southern Arizona.
Steve Bierfeldt, an individual working with Congressman Ron Paul’s Campaign For Liberty, was recently detained by TSA agents at an airport security checkpoint in St. Louis, Missouri. At the time of his detention and interrogation, Mr Bierfeldt was transporting several thousand dollars in campaign contributions raised at a St. Louis rally.