As the survivor of an Arizona deputy, I pay particular attention to stories in the media that impact law enforcement in my state. So, when I learned in March about a group of University of Arizona student activists who had filmed themselves confronting, harassing and relentlessly stalking two Border Patrol agents who had been invited on campus to participate in a job fair, I was infuriated. Particularly since a huge portion of our income goes to that school every semester. You can read my letter to U of A President Robert Robbins here.

 

I was pleasantly surprised to learn shortly after the incident that charges had rightfully been filed against these students, not only for breaking the University of Arizona code of conduct, but for their unlawful behavior that violated the state of Arizona’s statute of disorderly conduct. (ARS) 13-2904. I, clearly ignorantly, believed that these students might actually be held responsible for their unacceptable, outrageous and downright dangerous behavior. But alas, I was sadly mistaken. According to The Arizona Daily Independent, the Pima County Attorney’s office has dropped the charges, after a group of instructors and professors demanded in a letter to the University of Arizona Police Department drop the charges against the student activists. You can read the story here.

 

Ms. LaWall is well-known in this city for her ineffective leadership, and she was stripped of her position as legal counsel for RICO expenditures in November of 2017, because of her connection with questionable expenditures, after an audit was conducted and rampant misuse of the funds was discovered.  She also boasts a close relationship with open border champion and US Representative Raul Grijalva, whose office was recently outed for its cover-up of a sexual misconduct compliant in 2015. Yet, here they both are. Still in their positions of power, because the residents of this city either don’t care enough to bother voting these destructive politicians out, or they agree with the deplorable conduct that has been allowed to continue year after year.

 

Sometimes I get so tired of fighting this uphill battle. Sometimes I just want to throw my hands up in the air and give up. But I can’t. I won’t. As frustrated as I am with the outcome of this incident, I need to keep writing letters, showing up at townhalls and making my voice heard. Because it’s the right thing to do.

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