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.