August 13, 2012
Protesters meet Border Patrol at
traffic stop on Tucson's south side
Tucson News Now -- August 10, 2014
What started as a simple traffic stop on the south side of Tucson attracted Border Patrol agents and protesters Sunday afternoon.
Officers pulled over a driver near the intersection of 22nd and Columbus for an improper turn at 2:45 p.m., according to Sergeant Chris Widmer with the Tucson Police Department.
He said the driver did not have a valid license, then admitted to officers that he is in the United States illegally.
Widmer said officers followed TPD protocol by contacting Border Patrol. The federal agency sent an unmarked SUV to pick up the driver.
Protesters soon arrived at the scene as well, with two women crawling under the vehicle. The two were pulled out and placed inside the SUV.
The other protesters at the scene said they called each other when they learned about the arrest and involvement of Border Patrol. They consider what happened a violation of the driver's constitutional rights.
Once the driver was turned over to federal agents, Widmer said Border Patrol took over and TPD worked as a support agency.
As of Sunday night, Border Patrol did not have an update on the status of the driver or the two protesters placed inside the SUV.
The group Protection Network Coalition plans to rally outside of TPD headquarters Monday because of the incident.
Glenn Spencer -- ABP Comment: Kris Kobach just reported on Fox and Friends that the suspect had the telephone number of the activists on him when he was arrested. He called in an invasion defense team. Can you imagine an American in Mexico, after being stopped by Mexican police, calling in help from Americans? There would be a riot. -- Long ago I said, "You won't know you are being invaded until you try to stop it." We should try harder.