Law enforcement got a reprieve this week in Pima County, Arizona. The controversial Community Law Enforcement Partnership Committee (CLEPC) was abolished by the Board of Supervisors.
Seeking to avoid political blowback for failing to support law enforcement, democrats Sharon Bronson and Ramon Valadez joined with republican Supervisors Ally Miller and Steve Christy in a 4-1 vote to disband and abolish the CLEPC.
Missing from the board room was the typical cast of anti-law enforcement, open border advocates who make it a habit to shout over and threaten supporters of our brothers and sisters in blue. Not surprisingly missing was any semblance of local media as well. If it’s not reported, it didn’t happen is the apparent modus operandi.
Immediately following the short call to the audience, Chairman Richard Elias led into a two-and-a-half-minute, angst filled diatribe, replete with blatant mistruths. He stated:
“Some members didn’t take the commission seriously and refused to ever assign people to be on the commission since its inception”.
Furthermore, he thanked and lauded anti-law enforcement and open border activist board appointees Isabel Garcia and Jessica Rodriguez, a self-described illegal alien, for their participation on the commission. He wrapped up his comments stating:
“This is the day that a little bit of democracy died in Pima County”.
Elias is not averse to bigoted and divisive anti-law enforcement rhetoric. During his tenure, he has made numerous derogatory comments towards law enforcement, specifically directed at border patrol agents.
Supervisor Miller, who initiated the motion, addressed Chairman Elias’ blatant dishonesty regarding appointment of members to the committee. She pulled no punches regarding his disdain.
She also indicated a deputy who was appointed to the commission resigned due to the anti-law enforcement rhetoric espoused during the meetings. Miller also stated she:
“Withdrew her members from participation because it was used as a platform to attack law enforcement.”
Supervisor Christy “whole-heartedly” echoed the comments made by Miller. He added:
“The Sheriff and his department are on a co-equal basis with the Board of Supervisors, and they are not to be controlled nor dictated to by the Board of Supervisors”.
The democrat members who joined Supervisors Miller and Christy did not offer any comments to abolish the committee other than their respective votes.
Citizens have a responsibility to provide input and oversight to government agencies. This is typically championed through the elected officials responsible for the agency.
Recently, Sheriff Mark Napier announced the creation of a citizens advisory committee for the Sheriff’s Department with meetings scheduled to begin in January 2020. Napier is the first Republican to occupy the position of Sheriff in almost four decades.
Since his election, he has made several positive changes to the department including securing pay raises for deputies and corrections officers.
The CLEPC was formed in September 2018 at the request of the Board of Supervisors in response to the Sheriff’s request of funds under Operation Stonegarden, a federal program that allocates funds and equipment to law enforcement agencies to assist with border operations.
If the region sounds familiar… it’s because it’s where an Angel grandmother was kicked out of a meeting for speaking against open borders.
Fernando Jose Basurto Jr, was shot and killed in May of 2016. He died at the hands of a man who was not in the country legally.
Now, his grandmother is being told she cannot talk about it. At least not at the Pima County Board of Supervisors meetings. She forced out of the May 2019 public session after daring to softly say, “my grandson was killed by an illegal alien.”
In order to be fair, she did interrupt another speaker. A speaker who had a loud outburst and caused a scene earlier in the meeting.
This woman was one of many people that were there to voice their opposition to ‘Operation Stonegarden.’ These activists had been interrupting other speakers all evening, and not a single one was asked to be quiet, much less escorted out by law enforcement at the request of the board.
Video of surfaced of the barely audible statement and Elias’s order to have Laura Basurto removed. This action has sparked outrage and raised questions.
What makes this even worse, Elias was responding to the demands of open border activists who signal to him that Basurto needed to be removed after she said “are you crazy” in a barely audible tone when the open border activist told supervisors that drugs mostly come through the ports of entry and not where the border is wide open.
As she was escorted out of the room, Laura held up an American flag and a picture of her beloved grandson. He died just days before he was set to graduate from a West Covina high school.
As seen in the video, none of the board members even glanced her way or looked at the picture of her grandson as she was holding.
As reported by the L.A. Times, Fernando Jose Basurto Jr., an 18-year-old Latino, was shot and killed on Thursday, May 19, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Basurto, a senior at Walnut High School, was visiting two school friends, who are brothers, at the apartment complex where they lived about 11:30 p.m., said Los Angeles County Lt. Eddie Hernandez.
Two Latinos in their early 20s approached and confronted the young men, Hernandez said. One man pulled out a handgun and demanded to know their gang affiliation, he said.
“The two brothers that live there say they’re not from any gang, and the victim never says anything,” Hernandez said. “So, the suspect asks a second time, and they deny it a second time.”
At some point, the gunman turned, Hernandez said, “and at that point, one of the brothers sees an opportunity to defend himself and starts punching the suspect. It was very courageous, actually.”
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The other brother began punching the second man, Hernandez said, “so we have the two brothers involved a fistfight with the suspects, one armed and one unarmed, and the victim is just standing there.”
Hernandez said the gunman was able to get away from the brother who was hitting him and then fired a shot that struck Basurto, Hernandez said.
Basurto was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:40 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the head, according to coroner’s records. The brothers were not injured.
According to KNST, it was abundantly clear from the beginning that Laura’s presence at the meeting was a cause for concern and discomfort for Elias. Her husband stated that Elias had referred directly to his wife and her American flag when he introduced the Call to the Audience portion of the meeting. Elias had singled Laura out and warned her to “keep her flag down so it would not block the view of others.”
The Basurto’s had planned to address the Board during the Call to the Audience. They were unable to do so with Laura’s removal.
Fernando pointed to the outburst by Garcia, a radical open borders activist, that did not lead to an eviction by Elias. According to witnesses, Garcia caused a scene when she claimed that a man had “called her a b—-” and demanded that he be removed. However, nearby witnesses denied her claim and Elias merely warned her to behave herself.
It is this opposing treatment of the two Latina women that is raising questions of fairness.
At the conclusion of the Call to the Audience, the Board voted 3-2 to accept the Operation Stonegarden grant, which funds border security partnership efforts between U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement agencies. Garcia and the other activist were there to argue that local money should not be used to fund border security operations claiming that it should be left up to the federal government.
It should come as no surprise that Elias voted against the funding measure.
Here are a handful of examples of what the city has been up against:
Chairman Richard Elias slandering Border Patrol:
Chairman Richard Elias slandering Border Patrol AGAIN:
U.S. veteran Chris King demanding an apology for Deputies.
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