Thursday, April 29, 2010

Arizona Law Enforcement Officers Who Would Enforce SB 1070 Considered Outlaws With A Badge


Arizona officers when sworn in to office take an oath to support the Constitution of the United States of America, and Tucson Police Officer Martin H. Escobar files lawsuit against Governor Jan Brewer and the State of Arizona over SB 1070

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 29, 2010

Phoenix, AZ -A majority of law enforcement officers in the State of Arizona are aware that SB 1070 also known as the immigration enforcement law is unconstitutional. Regardless of its legality, most police and sheriff's departments are required and are willing to enforce such law come August.
By complying to enforce the law, eventhough they know it's illegal makes the act of enforcement an illegal act. Thus, violating their oath to support the U.S. Constitution.
Officers who would support such measure, will definately engage in racial profiling and leading to discrimination. The public will lose trust and labeled the rouge officers as "outlaws with a badge."  As Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has come to be known, and currently is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for violation of civil rights and using his office to promote racial profiling and discrimination. Arpaio denies the allegations, but as an outlaw with a badge, public opinion dictates otherwise.
Officers and sheriff's who refuse to comply and enforce SB 1070, eventhough they have also sworn to support the state Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona are true law enforcement officers with integrity, loyalty, honesty and law biding officers. They are the true heroes with integrity, and should be commended for their actions to support the U.S. Constitution by deciding not to comply and enforce SB 1070.  
It's a shame that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and the majority of the state legislators who voted for SB 1070 into law lack the integrity to know the measure is unconstitutional.
SB 1070 authorizes police officers to stop and determine the legal status of suspects or citizens, if they have reason to believe they are in the country illegally. Undocumented immigrants, if convicted face a state felony charge, 6 months in prison and deportation.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Homeland Security Department are determining, if Arizona's law is illegal. Opponents say the law leads to abuse and racial profiling.
On Tuesday, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said, he will file a lawsuit challenging SB 1070 and a multitud of groups and organizations are expected to join in the litigation.
On Thursday, CCN reported Police Officer Martin H. Escobar from Tucson, Arizona filed a lawsuit against Governor Jan Brewer and the State of Arizona, claiming that SB 1070 provides no "race neutral criteria or basis to suspect or dentify who is lawfully in the United States."
The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders also filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix claiming SB 1070 leads to racial profiling and citing it is unconstitutional.

Copy of Officer Martin H. Escobar's lawsuit

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