Joe Arpaio, Salvador Reza, and Fox 10's Miriam Garcia

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Reza in court after his false arrest and imprisonment on July 30

I recently obtained paperwork related to the MCSO's July 30 arrest of Phoenix civil rights leader Salvador Reza. The file is chock full of absurd, asinine attempts by the sheriff's office to deflect criticism for this outrageous, thuggish collar.

One involves Fox 10 News reporter Miriam Garcia. The MCSO report suggests that Garcia relayed crucial information to sheriff's deputies, information that the MCSO claims justified Reza's arrest. 

You'll recall that an MCSO goon squad crossed four lanes of traffic to pinch Reza, who was observing an act of civil disobedience by a group of protesters outside the entrance to an MCSO facility near 35th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

An outspoken, persistent critic of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Reza had been arrested the day before along with several others in civil disobedience outside Arpaio's Fourth Avenue Jail. On July 30, he was preparing to leave a parking lot across the street from where Joe had established his command post for the MCSO's latest anti-immigrant sweep. That's when the bulls strolled across the thoroughfare and nabbed him.

Following Reza's false arrest, the MCSO claimed in its probable cause statement to the court that Reza had violated the terms of his release on the July 29 arrest. (You can read the probable cause statement and the other docs, here.)

Reza was not to "initiate contact" with "alleged victims" or "arresting officers." The MCSO argued that Reza had done this, even though he was across the street from them.

However, both the judge and the prosecutor on hand for Reza's initial appearance agreed that there was no probable cause for the arrest.

After all, the MCSO instigated contact with Reza, not vice versa. Days later, Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley agreed that there had been no probable cause to arrest Reza, based on footage of the arrest and on the MCSO's own description of it. The charge that Reza had violated the terms of his release was dropped like a hot rock.

Video of Reza's capture went viral on YouTube. The New York Times denounced the arrest as "a scene from another decade or country." Currently, Reza's attorney Stephen Montoya, the first lawyer to attack SB 1070 in oral arguments before district court Judge Susan R. Bolton, is preparing a lawsuit on Reza's behalf, which he says will be filed soon.

So perhaps it's not surprising that the MCSO would want to play a little defense in its report on the incident. In it, Garcia is essentially used as a shield.

MCSO flack Brian Lee states in a supplemental report and an e-mail to other sheriff's office honchos that Garcia approached him before the July 30 civil disobedience took place and told him that Reza had tipped her off that something was about to go down.

"I think that it is important," Lee wrote in the e-mail, "given the fact that a prosecutor claimed that there was no probable cause to arrest Reza that Miriam Garcia from Channel 10 approached me Friday just before the incident and stated that Reza told her that they may want to stick around because his people were about to block our entrance and try to get arrested."

Lee repeats this line in his supplemental report. And in the main MCSO report, Deputy J. Clapper uses Lee's statements to bolster the MCSO's Third World-style police action.

Clapper says Reza "committed a criminal act by assisting with the facilitation of blocking the exit to the MCSO training facility." How does the MCSO "know" this? Because of what Garcia supposedly told Lee.

But according to the people who actually blocked the facility, the civil disobedience was spontaneous and was not planned by Reza.

One of the protesters, Sarahi Uribe, told me that she and the others decided to block the MCSO entrance "about a half hour" before it happened. And Reza's participation in the civil disobedience?

"He had absolutely no involvement in the planning or coordination of it," she explained.

I should note that all charges against Uribe and the others involved in this particular action were dropped. Even if Reza had some advance knowledge, it would not justify his arrest.

Hell, if Reza had organized it, which isn't the case, there's this little thing called the First Amendment, and that trumps the MCSO's ridiculous conspiracy theories.

I called Garcia yesterday, asking for her response to what Lee says in the MCSO docs. She told me she wanted to check with her boss at Fox 10 before saying anything. I left messages for her on her cell phone and her office line today, but have yet to hear back from her.

Since a legal action on his behalf is pending, Reza referred me to his lawyer Stephen Montoya. Montoya didn't want to comment on the specifics of the MCSO report.

"I'll be happy to comment when our lawsuit is on file with the federal court," Montoya told me. "And it won't be long."

I'm sure that the MCSO framed its report in anticipation of just such a lawsuit.

But that lawsuit can't come fast enough. The MCSO's arrest of Reza on July 30 was vindictive and typical of the agency. One should expect that they will attempt to gin something up on Reza again. Particularly when Arpaio's boy Bill Montgomery becomes County Attorney in November.

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Bonnie Qua'zaam
Bonnie Qua'zaam

Miriam Garcia and FOX News should stop masquerading as journalists and own up to what they are: advocates for the police state.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Miriam Garcia of Channel 10 gets a tip and then immediately dashes over to the MCSO to tattle on them.

This certainly does not speak well of the Journalistic integrity of Garcia or of the Channel 10 organization. If she had been running the New Times a couple years ago, MCSO might well be tracking all of our computer activites that they asked for with a bogus grand jury subpoena served on the New Times.

I'm not Bobby
I'm not Bobby

Fox 10 should fire her over this if they had any integrity.

Crow
Crow

Just think if Miriam Garcia was assigned to work on the WaterGate scandel. How long before she would've ran to Nixon's folks to tell them what she knew? This is a seriuos issue. No one should ever talk to her again. Let her cover one side only. If she calls or approaches you just walk away.

Hank Hill
Hank Hill

Miriam Garcia, Ch.10/Fox News, Brian Lee and JoKKKe Arpaio all suck.

Dr. Bizzarro
Dr. Bizzarro

Damn, I saw the word "Fox" and thought maybe there was something new about Joel Fox! Instead, I had to settle for Miriam Garcia and Brian Lee, two peas in a pod. Then the brain fried, lost in the woods "Rule of Law" shows up with comments totally unrelated to the article. This is one of few places where bizarre is normal.

The Time Has Come
The Time Has Come

Dan Saban has announced he's running for Sheriff in 2012. Saban is a class act who will be tough on crime, enforce whatever version of SB1070 is in place but he'll do it all above board and with an open honest agenda. It's time to stop Arpaio's abuse and get a real Sheriff in office who won't waste our tax dollars on frivolous raids, embroil us and our our tax dollars in lawsuits and alienate virtually allother fed and state law enforcement agencies. Let's get Saban in there to cooperate and work WITH the Feds, other local and state-wide law enforcement to defend our state and its' borders. Saban is no pushover - he'll be just as tough on crime as Arpaio "claims" to be, but Saban will get results. Watch Arpaio's ads - he'll attack on a personal level - and seriously Arizona are we not tired of that already?

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/...

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

This is actually very significant if Reza was, indeed, just standing there and the po po went after him from across the road. I hope it's clear to everyone that we're getting closer and closer to a true police state when a guy can get arrested with no probable cause for being near a demonstration because he "might stir up more trouble." Unreal.

Cozland
Cozland

Brian Lee, now there's a real piece of shit scumbag if there ever was one.

Ross
Ross

So the local Fox station is just "affiliated" with the national network disgrace. Wouldn't you think that's all the more reason, for them to try to protect whatever reputation they might have? "I'll have to check with my boss, and you know he's not going to let me admit or deny anything" sounds like WalMart customer service, not broadcast journalism.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

Miriam Garcia called me several times on the July 28 looking for information concerning any civil disobedience. I gave her no info. To be honest, I didn't trust her. Now I realize my gut feeling was correct.

GENO
GENO

Professional journalism seems to be lacking over at FAUX10 News. This should be a wake up call to every true Freedom Fighter out there, to not trust news agencies that usually caters to the nativist zombies. Hell, didn't Reza knew that FAUX10 was unfriendly to his cause??? Its FAUXNews damn-it. Talk to KPHO, 12 News Joe Dana, or Channel 3 next time.

Rule of Law
Rule of Law

Andrew Breitbart is a media genius.

He proved it originally with his brilliant handling of the ACORN ‘hooker’ scandal which he skillfully manipulated so that the corrupt media was forced, against its will, to broadcast corruption in one of Obama’s most powerful political support groups. But Breitbart’s handing of that affair is nothing compared to his brilliant manipulation of the Shirley Sherrod ‘white farmer’ scandal.

It all began Monday, July 22, 2010. As the country watched in horror, Breitbart released a snippet of a tape on his “Big Government” site which showed an obscure black female official of the Dept. of Agriculture laughing to a roomful of NAACP members about how she’d discriminated against a destitute white farmer and refused to give him the financial aid he desperately needed.

As she smirked to the room, she’d sent him instead to a white lawyer – ‘one of his own kind’ – for help.

The black woman was Shirley Sherrod – and almost immediately she became the center of a firestorm of controversy which exploded throughout the country.

Within a day of the release of that infamous tape, the head of the Dept. of Agriculture, spurred on by Obama, demanded – and received – Sherrod’s resignation.

Breitbart had won.

But then seemingly Breitbart’s actions began to explode in his face.

As Sherrod screamed in protest, FOX News released the entire text of her speech last March to the NAACP.

And there on tape Sherrod was shown supposedly repenting of her racism against a white farmer and instead championing his fight to win funds to keep his farm afloat.

Within hours of that entire tape being revealed, the entire world turned against Andrew Breitbart.

Conservatives throughout the country were enraged that he’d endangered their reputations by releasing a ‘doctored’ tape. Breitbart, they thundered, had dealt a fatal blow to the conservative media.

I confess that I also was horrified at what I saw as the clumsiness and stupidity of Breitbart in ‘doctoring’ a tape to make a supposedly innocent woman look guilty. But now I discover I have been as guilty of haste to judgment of Breitbart as the Dept. of Agriculture was of Ms. Sherrod.

Only now am I realizing the real purpose for Breitbart’s release of that tape snippet. It was to allow him to cunningly trick the media into exposing one of the most shocking examples of corruption in the federal government – a little known legal case called “Pigford v. Glickman”.

Check it yourself at:

http://pajamasmedia.com/zombie...

“In 1997, 400 African-American farmers sued the United States Department of Agriculture, alleging that they had been unfairly denied USDA loans due to racial discrimination during the period 1983 to 1997.”

The case was entitled “Pigford v. Glickman” and in 1999, the black farmers won their case.

The government agreed to pay each of them as much as $50,000 to settle their claims.

But then on February 23, 2010, something shocking happened in relation to that original judgment: In total silence, the USDA agreed to release more funds to “Pigford”.

The amount was a staggering...... $1.25 billion. This was because the original number of plaintiffs – 400 black farmers – had now.... swollen in a class action suit to include a total of 86,000 black farmers throughout America .

There was only one teensy problem: The United States of America doesn’t have 86,000 black farmers !!!!

According to accurate and totally verifiable Official USDA 2007 Census data, the total number of black farmers throughout America is only 39,697.

Hmmm... by the Official USDA 1992 Census data the US had only 18,816 black farmers !!

Oops !!

Well, gosh - how on earth did 39,697 explode into the fraudulent 86,000 claims ??

And how did a maximum of $20 million explode into $1.25 billion ??

Well, folks, you’ll just have to ask the woman who not only spearheaded this case because of her position in 1997 at the “Rural Development Leadership Network”, but whose family received the highest single payout (approximately $13 million) from that action – Shirley Sherrod.

Oops again !!

Yes, folks. It appears that Ms. Sherrod had just unwittingly exposed herself as the perpetrator of one of the biggest fraud claims in the United States - - a fraud enabled solely because she screamed racism at the government and, cowed them into submission. And it gets even more interesting.

Ms. Sherrod has also exposed the person who aided and abetted her in this race fraud. As it turns out, the original judgment of “Pigford v. Glickman”in 1999 only applied to a total of about 16,000 black farmers.

But.... in 2008, a junior US Senator got a law passed to reopen the case and allow more black farmers to sue for funds. The Senator was Barack Hussein Obama.

Because this law was passed in dead silence, and because the woman responsible for spearheading it was an obscure USDA official, American taxpayers did not realize that they had just been forced in the midst of a worldwide depression to pay out more than $1.25 billion to settle a race claim.But Breitbart knew. And Monday, July 22, 2010, he cleverly laid a trap which Sherrod - - and Obama + his cronies - - stumbled headfirst into which has now resulted in the entire world discovering the existence of this corrupt financial judgment.

As for Ms. Sherrod ?? Well, she’s discovering too late that her cry of ‘racism’ to the media which was intended to throw the spotlight on Breitbart has instead thrown that spotlight on herself – and the huge corruption.

Sherrod has vanished from public view. Her ‘pigs’, it seems, have come home to roost.

Oink !!!!

But the perpetrator of that law passed in dead silence leading to unlawful claims & corruption..... is still trying to fool all of US.

Go ahead, Google, and read for yourself "Pigford vs. Glickman"

-- The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Slave labor? Interesting assignment of terms, Barnett. I suppose in your world you would have them indentured, so they couldn't get away....

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Doctor, "Rule of Law" is Barnett Lottstein, who used to work for the Maricopa County Attorney Office, until Rick was appointed after thomas resigned to run (He lost, by the way). So, please keep that in mind when you see his postings.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Pit, you really need to watch the video.... it shows how far MCSO went OUT OF THE WAY to arrest Sal. Sal, who was doing nothing other than being in 'Contempt of MCSO'.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Barnett, this article is about the false arrest of Sal Reza by MCSO. Don't try to spin it away with some mishmash of dunderism you pontificate about.

Spartacus
Spartacus

Are you a candidate for county treasurer in Ohio? Or perhaps you're running for governor in Tennessee?

Dave Too
Dave Too

Nope he is trying to show is supposed Special needs (supposedly Mental Deficient) grand child what you can do when you are retired and are bored and have an IQ that is only 25 point higher then the uppermost legal limit of "Special needs"

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