DREAM Activist Erika Andiola Says Mom Was Racially-Profiled, Mesa PD Denies Claim

Video of a Mesa PD stop of Andiola's mom, recently posted to YouTube

Well-known Arizona DREAM Activist Erika Andiola claims her mom was racially-profiled last night by the Mesa Police Department, resulting in the 54 year-old woman being arrested, cited and released after being stopped, allegedly for speeding.

Andiola admits her mom Maria Arreola did not have any identification on her when pulled over, but denies she was going over the speed limit. She says the Mesa cop who arrested Arreola asked her mom about her immigration status before taking her in to be fingerprinted and photographed.

"To me there is no doubt," Andiola said, when asked if her mom was racially-profiled. "When [my mom and my two siblings] heard the siren, they looked at the speed and she was going 40, which is the speed limit of the street.

"[The police] immediately began asking her all of these questions of where she was born and did she have a social security number," she continued. "She would keep on saying, `I don't want to answer,' but they just kept on questioning her."

Andiola's brother, who was in the car, texted his sister, and she raced over. While there, and translating for her mom, she taped the incident with her cell phone, unbeknownst to the two police officers present.

In the video, the arresting officer is told that Arreola's I.D. is elsewhere, but he does not allow her family to retrieve it.

"You know what?" the officer says off-camera. "Before all the games and the address and the right to remain silent and all that crap, maybe, but now, no."

This came, Andiola says, after she and her family asserted their rights.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

"Cops Pull Innocent Women & Children From Their Cars & Hold Them At Gunpoint ...the police say it was all worth it."  Denver, CO bank robbery  CNN Live

jim3k
jim3k

I'm not sure that the article or the daughter have made out a case of racial profiling.  When the officer asked for her drivers license that had two purposes.  One, to show she was licensed and two, to prove her identity.  She was unable to provide what the officer needed to do his job.  That will result in a detention nearly every time.  The request to be permitted to go get it is nothing that the officer needs to honor.  All of the daughter's argument and advocacy is essentially irrelevant.  The only real question is whether the officer properly stopped her for speeding.  That seems open to debate, but it seems reasonable on its face, even if the officer was mistaken.  It's not like the officer broke her taillight and then arrested her for a broken taillight. 

 

She needs to carry and show whatever ID she can.  If she has no license and is driving, then the officer has no choice.  A Mexican license might even be honored.  But the arrest is first for speeding and then driving without a license.  The ID issue would come up after the arrest, during processing.  Presumably a family member would be able to provide it then.  Later, the issue of being undocumented might or might not be addressed.

 

If she refuses to answer a residency question, a neutral question arising from her lack of ID, that would give the officer reason to think she is undocumented.  That circumstance does not qualify as racial profiling.

HankStanky
HankStanky

"the officer says off-camera".... come on. Have some fucking journalistic integrity.

tom10545az
tom10545az

welcome to the police state...to make sure this does not happen again, instead of nobody having papers, we will all have to carry papers soon. or like a dog, have a "chip" put in...but then again, maybe i should take off my aluminum hat and stop wondering about the "black" helicopter?

marcy
marcy

It's nice to know that the Mesa PD thinks our Constitutional right to remain silent is "crap".

 

But that fits in well with the usual cop's opinion that freedom of speech should be beaten out of people as well.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

It seems to me that illegal aliens are demanding a free pass to violate our laws.  Neither will they get that free pass nor do they deserve it.  Truth is anybody who violates the law and speeds or violates any other traffic law will get pulled over and cited and if it appears that they could be illegal they will be asked to show their papers.  Hispanics think that just because they are Hispanic they should not be pulled over and that when it happens they are being racially profiled.  Well, enough is enough!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

"she said she was going 40, which is the speed limit of the street" Umm, where is this posted limit of 40 at? I think she is lying, about all of it.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

Why does the author need to use the term "Anglo cop?" Stirring up racial tension are we not?

HelpYourself
HelpYourself

Maybe she was speeding because she had to go to the bathroom.   I've used that one  before.  Actually I've used many excuses before and got the ticket every time, but nice try mom.  Welcome to being treated like everyone else.

narizona
narizona

I have a bad feeling that this is going to become an epidemic.  Some legit  some total bullshit ......oh well ,tomorrows another day  Joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

narizona
narizona

And so the story goes .............just another day in sand land !Quit your sniveling .grow up  and for sure ......Carry your I D don't you know where your at? Dumb.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

I'll be honest, racial profiling IS happening, but this whole deal here just doesnt ring right at all. why in the hell would you be driving around without I.D. in a county where you know racial profiling is going on. her daughter is an activist so she should have heard enough of whats going on that she should have known that being hispanic, she would essentially be driving around with a big bullseye on her. i also feel she was not helping her situation by not answering the officer. she had to know that that would end up with her having to go downtown for the police to identify her through fingerprints. sadly she is not helping prove her case of profiling by not cooperating until someone was there to record it.  dammit people, start thinking!!!

Really
Really

Seems like Mesa PD did a nice job. When I drive (forget my wallet, too lazy to grab it, or whatever) without a licence or ID I understand this could be an outcome. The police showed amazing restraint and courtesy.  

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

 @marcy Mesa PD is usually polite whenever I see them.

 

I'm just wondering if this cop worked for the MCSO shurf BEFORE being hired by Mesa PD?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan The only one "demanding a free pass to violate our laws" is Joe R Piehole and the MCSO.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan yes the law is the law, now explain why the cops who murdered marty atencio, a mentally ill american vet, are not in prison for murder? explain why the cops who sat by and watched it and then reveled in it are not up on charges. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Yourproductsucks this was mesa, and there is 40 all over. a lie? nobody will ever really know. she may have been racially targeted, because it does happen, but the whole thing was not helped by the fact that she didnt bring her license and then wouldnt answer the questions. all the factors combined blew this whole thing so  out of control that neither side looks good. this will not be a score for either side in the whole profiling debate

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @Yourproductsucks idiot. i see 40mph posted all the time. if you worked for a REAL law enforcement agency, instead of MCSO's KKKKlown Kollege, you'd know that.

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @azcumsquelcher Looks like she identified them that way.

 

Not all whiteys are Anglos. Some could be Frogs, Poles, Krauts....

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @HelpYourself maybe if the white assholes werent in charge, a mom here legally could get a drivers license and drive legally

 

they do it in New Mexico. what's the diff? WHITE A-HOLES.

 

Enjoy it while it lasts, dipshits. White priviledge, that is. coming to an end November 6, when the brown people vote.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @narizona its gonna be left and right. the fake ones are gonna hurt the real ones

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @danzigsdaddy easy to say when you can easily get a drivers license.try living w/out one for a while, and let us know how that works out 4 ya

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Really profiling is happening, but you are right. you know you need I.D. when driving, and for gods sake if you are a citizen but brown...DONT ANTAGONIZE THE COP BY REFUSING TO ANSWER! you know what he is going to assume

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

 @GreenHornet It could still be considered racist or ethnically insensitive if you want to be precise. Either way, it's beside the point to mention the fact that the cop is of Anglo ethnicity, (how the author knows this I am uncertain), let alone to mention it several times in a row. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @marcy  @GreenHornet okay, saw that. i stand corrected on citizen. but not on had I.D. but not with her. and she was here legally. thank you marcy for pointing that out (i read this on my phone)

marcy
marcy

 @danzigsdaddy  @GreenHornet The article doesn't state she is a citizen, in fact it suggests she is in the process of obtaining residency.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

 @GreenHornet  @HelpYourself by blaming the entire problem on the white race, you don't need to make a "hateful" statement to sound like a racist. You've already accomplished that 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @marcy  the license is still up for debate, they didnt say if she does or not, but yes on I.D. no on undocumented 

marcy
marcy

 @danzigsdaddy  @GreenHornet The article did not say she had a driver's license, the article said she said she had ID, but not with her.

 

 

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @danzigsdaddy no, she doesn't have a license. duh. she probably has a matricular or her passport. she's undocumented. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @marcy    yes but it sure didnt help when she didnt answer. being in maricopa she unfortunately does have a target on her and the whole situation went south when she exercised her right to remain silent. i feel bad for her and understand why she would be hesitant, but in this case, it went worst case scenario for her by doing so.

marcy
marcy

 @GreenHornet  @danzigsdaddy  @Really Agreed, thought in Arizona you are required to state your full name on request if the police detain you, request that you identify yourself and inform you that failure to do so is a criminal offense in Arizona.

 

The driver of a motor vehicle is required to present their driver's license on request when stopped by the police, failure to do so can result in a citation that is required to be dismissed if you show up in court and present a driver's license that was valid at the time of your stop.

 

You are never required to give your Social Security number, tell the police where you live or tell the police what you are doing.  However, cops don't tend to appreciate people's Constitutional rights and like to punish people who don't agree to give up their rights.

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