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    Posted October 9, 2013 by
    Tucson, Arizona
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    Tucson Police Pepper Sprays US Civilians Protesting SB1070


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Graduate student, Eric Franqui, photographed Tuscon, Arizona, locals protesting the arrest of two motorists on October 9. The motorists were pulled over by the Tuscon Police Department (TPD) and then handed over to Customs and Border Patrol Officers after the motorists could not produce any form of identification, according to TPD officials. Franqui says when he came onto the scene to photographed the protesters, people were linking arms to create a human blockade to prevent the Costumes and Border Patrol Officers from driving away with the two motorists. TPD says some of the protesters became aggressive and tried to get under or obstruct the vehicle and were pepper sprayed by the TPD. Franqui believes the arrest was a result of the Arizona law SB 1070, a strict anti-illegal immigration measure that allows authorities to lawfully stop and detain individuals who they suspect to have questionable immigration statuses.
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    Last night in Tucson, Arizona civilians clashed with the police and Custom and Border Patrol officers in response to the arrest and likely deportation of two individuals due to a minor traffic violation.


    Many in Tucson feel that SB1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law, is inherently racist and targets a specific portion of the population.


    The local community showed a diverse front of resistance crossing boundaries of race and age engaging in nonviolent protest with chants such as, “Ni uno mas” (Not one more).


    Due to a perceived threat Custom and Border Patrol made their presence felt with over 10 vehicles and auxiliary support from the Tucson Police Department. CBP officers had stun batons, tasers, and pepper spray. Tucson Police Department clarified that it was Tucson Police that  deployed pepper spray.  However, there is photographic evidence of CBP agents physically engaging US Citizens.   

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