[Yuma County Assistant Prosecutor William Katz during Steven Anderson's December 16, 2009 Pre-trial hearing]
The full video from Steven Anderson’s pre-trial hearing on December 16, 2009 has been released and appears below. For those who haven’t been following this case, Steven Anderson is the individual tazered and beaten by Arizona DPS Officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents at an internal suspicionless checkpoint East of Yuma in April of last year.
[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.
Steven Anderson is the traveler recently brutalized by the Border Patrol and Arizona Department of Public Safety at an internal suspicionless checkpoint East of Yuma, Arizona. I previously blogged about his experience here but the above video pretty much says it all.
(Update - the third and last video segment from the checkpoint protest has been included below - 06Jun09)
As a followup to my earlier post, the video embedded below is part two of a Yuma Border Patrol checkpoint protest staged on Memorial Day weekend. The purpose was to protest the general use of such suspicionless checkpoints against the traveling public inside the country along with the recent brutalization of Steven Anderson by federal Border Patrol Agents and state ‘public safety’ officers at this checkpoint. It was (and continues to be) a real tag team operation.
As previously blogged about here, a protest was held at a Border Patrol checkpoint east of Yuma on Memorial Day weekend. A dozen or so folks drove quite a distance out to the checkpoint where Steven Anderson was recently beaten and tasered by Border Patrol agents and misnamed Department of Public Safety officers (DPS).
His crime? He dared to exercise his right to be free from suspicionless seizures and warrantless searches while traveling within the United States.
(Originally scheduled for Memorial day, the date has been changed to this Saturday)
According to an announcement recently appearing on Freedom’s Phoenix (and reprinted below), a freedom drive is being organized by several folks in Southern Arizona. The drive will take place this Saturday, two days before Memorial Day.
According to the announcement, participants in the drive will proceed to the suspicionless internal Border Patrol checkpoint seventy miles East of Yuma after memorial services are conducted at a nearby cemetery. At the checkpoint, individuals will protest the steady erosion of 4th amendment protections inherent in suspicionless checkpoint operations along with the recent beating of Steven Anderson by Border Patrol agents and Arizona DPS officers at that same checkpoint.
(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)
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.