Article Image

IPFS News Link • Steven Anderson - Checkpoint Arrest

Preacher Says he Was Beaten and Tortured by Arizona DPS & Border Patrol Agents

The April 14th 2009 Border Patrol and Arizona police beating of a Baptist Minister named Steven Anderson at a border checkpoint, may stand out as one of the most disgraceful recent examples of police brutality and official breech of authority. The supposedly trustworthy state and federal agents appear to have made a game out of how badly they could beat and physically damage and humiliate a person, and while the man's cameras remain confiscated, it was recorded on tape. There are those stories that sometimes are just so grating, so wrong, that they are like an abomination. As stories of torture at the hands of Americans grab the headlines, we are reminded that abuse of power is the ultimate betrayal of a person's character, and it defines the conduct of an agency. The frenzy to increase border scrutiny near Mexico seems to have tensions unusually high, and perhaps that factors in as one of the reasons this man of God was so completely and ruthlessly beaten and degraded

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by veritas
Entered on:

I don't believe Anderson's story. It seems he is trying to get publicity for himself to get more people to his church.  I saw a Youtube video where he was verbally harassing the boarder patroler officers.  It went on for 27 min. and the worst thing he could record them saying was "We think you might be a terrorist"!  Then he was allowed to drive away without a problem. So, where's the proof that this ever happened? 

Comment by Lucky Red
Entered on:
Quite honestly, I have very little sympathy for this dude. Since he's a Baptist, I'm going to infer here that he's also a creationist, a fundy, an anti-abortionist and, overall, a Right Wing Nut. Consequently, since it's his kind that has aided and abeted into throwing this country into the bottomless abyss that it now is, I have to say that him and his kind brought that upon himself. Sadly, we're all being dragged down with him. Still, these folks will never learn the danger in what they're doing. Today, it's their own personal agenda and they're the winners, tomorrow, it's somebody else's agenda, they're at the bottom and someone else is kicking their ass with the very same technique they deviced.

But for the fact that we all pay equally, I'd say, it serves them right. I seriously doubt they'll ever see that much less understand it though.