Category Archives: Civil Rights

Occupy Tucson

Occupy Tucson tries to halt tickets

Occupy Tucson protesters have filed a complaint in federal court, asking a judge to prevent the city from taking any action to evict them from city parks or issue any more tickets for violating curfew.

Civil rights attorney Paul Gattone filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court on behalf of seven plaintiffs taking part in the national resistance movement, which is protesting the impacts of corporate influence in the political scene.

Some have been arrested multiple times, such as plaintiff Samuel Agger, who has been arrested nearly 30 times, and sometimes three times in a single night, according to the complaint. Others say they’ve had to curtail their political expression to avoid arrest, such as plaintiff Craig Barber, who leaves camp every night before 10:30 p.m. to avoid getting a citation.

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Occupy Picketers

Occupy Tucson pickets bidders

More than two dozen participants of Occupy Tucson left their campground at Veinte de Agosto Park Monday to descend on Pima County Superior Court, where foreclosed homes were being auctioned off.

The chanting and sign-waving demonstration came just hours after the protesters staved off a judge’s order that would have prevented them from returning to the park once they’ve been cited by police.

In a related development, City Councilwoman Regina Romero announced she will ask the council to order the police to stop citing protesters for violating the park curfew and to direct the Parks Department to waive the curfew and any park-use permit fees. The council will hold a closed meeting on the request today.

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UA engineer vindicated

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) – Forty-year-old Terry Bressi is a pretty smart guy.

He’s an engineer at the University of Arizona and one of his jobs is assessing threats presented to our planet by objects like meteors and comets.  That’s what takes him to Kitt Peak on a regular basis where he maintains the telescopes and monitors the activity in our solar system.

But seven years ago, on his way back to Tucson from Kitt Peak, Bressi was stopped by law enforcement on State Route 86.  This happens to be on the Tohono O’odham reservation and tribal officers told him this was a sobriety checkpoint.

“I was cognizant of what my rights are, if you will, at such checkpoint operations,” Bressi said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with KOLD News 13.  “The courts have provided very limited exceptions to the general rule that to stop people you need some sort of reasonable suspicion.”

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