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Published on Aug 2, 2010
Human rights leader and organizer of the Phoenix-based PUENTE Movement, Salvador Reza, was targeted and wrongly arrested on Friday, July 30th, by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
At around 3:30 a.m. the next morning, Salvador Reza was arraigned.
During Reza's appearance before the night court judge, the county prosecutor stated, "I did not see that this rose to the level of probable cause."
Reza's attorney immediately replied, "Your honor, I just heard the prosecutor tell the court that there's not enough evidence here to suggest that Mr. Reza committed a crime. I ask that the charge be dismissed and he be released immediately."
Reza was being charged with "obstructing a judicial proceeding."
The judge replied, "I do not have enough information to find probable cause in this matter, sir" telling the county attorney. However, the Judge declined to dismiss the charge, but released Salvador Reza on his own recognizance and set his court date for August 18th.
When Human Rights Organizers are targeted and unlawfully arrested, it becomes apparent that the MCSO is operating a politically motivated campaign to silence opposing voices, those that are exposing their unscrupulous practices.
The U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating Arpaio for civil rights abuses for over a year, and there's also a federal grand jury in Phoenix looking into MCSO and Arpaio for criminal abuse of power.
Justice for SALVADOR REZA! Stop 287(g) and "Secure Communities" programs and SB1070.
WE ARE ALL ARIZONA! WE WILL NOT COMPLY WITH HATEFUL LEGISLATION! THE BOYCOTT & NON-VIOLENT ACTIONS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL OUR COMMUNITIES ARE TREATED WITH DIGNITY, RESPECT AND FAIRNESS!!!