Tom Horne Staffer Gets Testy with Activist (Video)

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The protest outside of Attorney General Tom Horne's office earlier this week.


Activists keep showing up to Attorney General Tom Horne's office to protest Horne's lawsuit to keep DREAMers from being able to pay in-state tuition at community colleges.

On Wednesday, a Horne staffer got a bit testy with Citizens for a Better Arizona activist Beto Soto, who's been leading some of the protests at Horne's office.

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The moment, which Soto refers to as an "assault," was caught on video, as Charles Loftus -- a longtime cop who now works at the AG's Office -- snatches a paper out of Soto's hand:



"I was startled, alarmed, and embarrassed when Mr. Loftus snatched the paper from my hand and began to speak to me in a derogatory and insulting manner," Soto said in a statement he released later Wednesday. "I knew deep down that I had a right to be there and I was not going to let Mr. Horne, Mr. Loftus or anyone from the Capitol Police deny me of my First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly and speech."

According to the statement, "CBA is now considering legal action against Mr. Horne, Mr. Loftus and Capitol Police."

Loftus has been front-and-center at many of the protests at Horne's office, including during the arrests of four activists there the day before.

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CoolMoJ
CoolMoJ

It is telling that many comments seem more interested in disparaging someone's physical appearance rather than acknowledging the fact that illegal aliens have broken our laws. Why would we provide tax payer or college funded benefits like reduced tuition to people who have shown no regard for the rule of law?

I get that some of these folks are children of illegal aliens. If that is the case, then they should look to Mom and Dad to bridge the difference between the discounted tuition and the full tuition rate. Why should Arizona residents or other college attendees subsidize your education? Because you parents broke the law and came here illegally? On that basis we should be  awarding all kinds of benefits to other people who break our laws. Any argument that suggests illegal aliens or their children are entitled to something that they had no stake in creating is baseless. 

Although I admit that it is dangerous to generalize we do know that many Illegal aliens work under the table and therefore do not pay taxes. How their children ever ended up in a public school which is funded by tax payers is an issue that needs serious attention. Each alien child that went to public school from K-12  received about $150,000 of education based on an average of $11.5K per year to educate a student.  No need to say thanks.Just demand more benefits that you aren't entitled to and for which you do not have to pay.

Given recent events in the SF Airport shooting it seems to me that the guy in the video who bypassed security and then refused to cooperate and refused to reenter the premises through security is lucky. He seems to be complaining because one officer removed a piece of paper, yet he apparently misses the fact that he is in a secured zone and bypassed security to get there. Given the heightened sensitivity to that type of transgression, he is lucky he didn't get  cuffed and detained.  I am going to bet that if he had done that same thing in many other countries he would have been jailed for an undetermined period of time with no due process. If he had done it as an illegal alien, I would bet that he would already be on a slow boat to where ever he came from. 

Finally I have to wonder why we would provide benefits to illegal aliens when so many citizens have trouble affording a college education for themselves and for their children. We have far too many citizens who could use a helping hand. Those are the people we should be helping.

There is a well documented and legal way to enter the US and become a citizen. Millions of people have done it. That would be a good place to start for anyone looking to accrue benefits from US taxpayers.

hector.j.pucci
hector.j.pucci

The CBA clowns have lost my attention; they are headed by the Bozo Beto. 

 

Jorge
Jorge

Waaaaaa, "You're violating my constitution". Say what? The contitution is for the citizens of the US of which you are not. Just because you live here does not make you a legal citizen. In fact, If you want to follow the letter of the law you should be detained. You can't even follow instructions to procede to the security scanner. Hard to feel sorry for these folks.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

With Hornes record, he wouldn't be  DACA eligible if he were a Dreamer today.  Yet he is the one who wages war on Mexican American Studies and Dreamers.  

robert_graham
robert_graham

Oh pleeze.... you can cry fowl and stomp your feet all day long until you are blue in the face but their will be no in-state tuition for Dreamers... period!  If you think Mr. Horn can be intimidated you are sadly mistaken.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

I'm trying to decide who is more homely, that fat fuck with the chins or his dumb face boss?  Throw this bum out of office this time Arizona.  Love the sign they were holding and can't believe the creep is still married.  

CBAandADACFail
CBAandADACFail

I really dislike Tom Horne.  He's arrogant, incompetent and corrupt.  But having said that.. I also have to frown at the actions of this group.  How many times are they going to get themselves arrested or kicked out of elected's office?  When I heard about what they did with Congressman Gutierrez' office I lost all respect for this group of spoiled dreamers and CBA continuing their circus stunts in Arpaio's office or Horne's office.  Its getting old, and they're not scoring any points.  Yawn.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Horne just committed political suicide by blocking in-state tuition for DREAMers.

He should be booted for all the corruption and bullshit exposed under his watch as state AG.

Horne was the lesser of two evils when running as a Republican for state AG. I still think Felecia Rotellini was a far better and more qualified candidate for the position of AZAG.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

You gotta be fat to work for Horne ? Has he paid the half million $ he owes yet ? peace

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Horne will receive the shock of his life on Nov. 4, 2014. That's after his opponent reveals all of his criminality, lack of ethics and sheer incompetence.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

Hmmm.... well, a couple thoughts. (1) Loftus did not commit an assault or battery from what I can see. (2) Loftus had no legal reason to take the paper (property of another) from Beto. (3) The DPS Sergeant did the right thing by returning the item to Beto.

Loftus reminds me somewhat of a former Super Deputy Underdog of MCSO. The very rotund fella who got fired but quit because he was being fired. That same fella who filed lawsuits that have been dismissed. I have to wonder if Mr. Loftus thinks his girth makes up for his lack of ability to form reasonable thoughts and activities. I also wonder if Mr. Loftus drives a Corvette with enhanced suspension on the driver side?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

he looks a whole lot like the man in Florida who was recently arrested for impersonating a police officer in an unsuccessful effort to obtain discounted doughnuts.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

this is cba's real intent, an acorn tactic. pick pick pick and then act like a victim at the slightest reaction in order to litigate.

litigious trash with no moral boundaries.

DNichols
DNichols

The real "Dreamer" is Hornes wife staying with this P.O.S.?!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, you never answered my question.

Are you the creator of Americans for Responsible Leadership?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2 With this post you really have represented MCSO well. This very post personifies what MCSO is all about. You just undid any credibility, no matter how microcosmic, you may have earned.

You people just don't get it.

Instead of working with the community and trying to solve the problem, you call the activist a pussy.

Loser.

benice
benice

@TommyCollins Has anyone actually been to the Attorney General's Office?  There is a screening area with a security guard and a metal detector to pass through before being allowed into the reception area where Soto was reading his statement.  If you listen to the audio while watching the video, Loftus tells Soto repeatedly that if he wants to stay, he must first go through the security screening area, or "please go".  This does not seem like an unreasonable request by the AG "Staffer."  Why couldn't Soto simply comply with that request, then, after going through the metal detector, read his statement?  There would most likely have been no legal cause at that point to be denied the ability to read his statement.  Of course, that wouldn't have been as sensational as going around the metal detector and bypassing security in order to look like the victim when being denied access to his "Constitution".  Stay thirsty my friends.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@TommyCollins No words of wit and wisdom from our local MCSO authority. I guess (s)he must be staying busy with the media attention placed elsewhere.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@yourproductsucks2 No moral boundaries sounds more like athe description of a man who drags his personal poontang from job to job at the taxpayers' expense.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2 he was exercising his right to free speech in a public building. For all the rights bitching about the Constitution when it suits them, itd be nice if they would act consistent and support it even when they dont like it. Alas, that is not the case. Why? Because the fascists want to silence dissent

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2 

"Yip, yip, yip!"


The little ankle biter speaks!


Seems the real "litigious trash" is in the AG's, CA's and MCSO offices!

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@DNichols   Good one.  Can't believe she stays with him or that one of his grown children hasn't given the old man a clue.  Or maybe they did and oops then his little lunch time sweetie had to quit.  I swear if this duffus is elected again, I will truly give up on the voters here.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Tommy, perhaps YPS is off doing yet another bs sweep that we know violates Judge Snow's orders.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

he wasn't silenced. his rights weren't violated.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@allanbartlett  No, his ball stink, there I fixed it for you.  Have some respect and leave us women out of it please.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2 lol uh, watch the video again...what that tool was trying to do was silence him...maybe i should go down and read it for them next time..i could have some fun with fatty, "here take it" moves it back..."no really, here take it"..moves it back again.."youre too slow guy, gotta be faster...here try again" lol

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

WhoKnows, be nice to clowns. They provide us with entertainment.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2 If you were really a trained cop, you'd understand that grabbing the paper was actually an assault.  But MCSO hires clowns, not trained cops....

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