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Arizona DPS Delivers 'Service' With A Smile

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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 Arizona DPS released a DVD with video footage to Anderson and his attorney but the cameras seized have not yet been returned)

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 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:
(The Arizona DPS Officer who tasered an unarmed non-violent individual at a Border Patrol checkpoint has been identified as Officer J. Mitchell)

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 with 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 that a civil rights lawsuit is also in the works.

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Covenant Keeper
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I myself have felt violated most of the time at these checkpoints. I was at the exact one Pastor Steve was keelhauled at a few months back. It was 1 am or so, and the bright lights shocked me from my semi-lethargy. I didn't have to wait, no other cars. The agent just asked if I was a citizen, I said yes, and that I was traveling back home to Texas, he said Have a safe trip, goodbye. I went on my way. I must admit, it could have turned out different, as Steve's experience proves. It is shocking to see the extreme authoritarianism nakedly exposed. These goons need to have the book thrown at them. They are supposed to be 'public servants' and 'peace officers', not our federal or state masters. I guess one hundred plus years of Darwinian programming that 'might makes right' have, at least in the morally deprived minds of these agents, overcome America's prior Christian assumption that 'Right makes Might'. Time to abandon the public schools and teach our children at home. I also recommend others both learn & teach the US Constitution. I'm a volunteer instructor with the Institute on the Constitution, They have a great course designed both for group or individual study - if even half of these 'minions of the state' masquerading as 'law enforcement officers' had a modicum of knowledge of the severe limitations on their supposed power, they'd never treat citizens in this shameful manner. God speed to the Lawyers representing Pastor Steve - he acted honorably and well within his rights. May those 'officers' reap what they have sowed - and lose their positions due to this abuse.

God save this once great Christian Republic - I wonder how many of us really care enough to revive her ? How will our children survive if we don't ?

Comment by 4409
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First, Terry you are the man....thanks for everything you have done for us.

Second, get a good view of that man who broke the pasters window because you are looking at a terrorist.