Friday, April 17, 2009

More fun at a Border Patrol checkpoint

The pastor of a Baptist church in the Phoenix area says he was stopped at an internal Border Patrol checkpoint, Tasered and beaten. Steven L. Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, was returning from San Diego on Interstate 8 when he was stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint -- a common but controversial feature of what the ACLU calls the "Constitution-free zone" within 100 miles of the U.S. border, where law-enforcement authorities conduct suspicion-less searches in defiance of traditional protections for individual rights.

Anderson says that, after he stood on his constitutional rights and declined to answer questions at the checkpoint, Border Patrol agents brought over a dog and claimed the animal had sniffed out either drugs or a human body in his trunk. Anderson refused to permit a search, at which time DPS (highway patrol) officers were summoned. The officers broke out his car windows and the pastor was Tasered and beaten before being arrested.

Injuries are plainly visible on Anderson's face in a video he made after the incident.

Anderson identifies three of the Border Patrol agents as C. Diaz, B. Griffiths and E. Gomez. He is due in court today, where he plans to plead "not guilty" to all charges.

More information is available at the Anderson family blog.

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April 17, 2009 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

speaks volumes about how outrageous this incident is when the pastor has to 'plead' at all...should be the cops doing the 'pleading'. i think if i lived in that area and had to drive thru one of those check points on a regular basis i would get one of those video/audio recording systems you can install in your vehicle. some footage of what really happened would be invaluable in a case like this and undoubtably be a 'youtube' viral hit.

April 18, 2009 4:37 AM  
Anonymous Checkpoint USA said...

A legal defense (and hopefully offense) fund has been setup for the individual brutalized by the Border Patrol and Arizona Department of Homeland Security. A link is available here:

He's been charged with two criminal misdemeanors under Arizona law. While I don't know the exact cites, they include disobeying a lawful order from a peace officer and blocking traffic.

You'll note the lack of any federal charges....

April 19, 2009 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does a pastor do when he gets beaten by queer prostitutes he frequents when he isn't preaching hate ? He makes up a desperate story of heroism.

Y'all will believe anything that dovetails with your paranoia.

April 19, 2009 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Y'all will believe anything that dovetails with your paranoia."

Y'all? Nice use of the english language.

April 20, 2009 12:54 PM  

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