I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

David Rovics: We Are Everywhere

To my fellow activists now struggling through life - let this be a reminder that you are not alone and that we desperately need you here. All the injustice, grief, war, and human suffering calls for us to stay and do everything we can about it - you can't help us anymore when you're gone. Don't give up the fight - your last shred of hope may just keep someone else alive, too.

Monday, November 9, 2009

MCSO Racial Profiling, Brutality

Bloody Encounter: A U.S. Citizen Says He Hit the Pavement Face-First after MCSO Deputies Racially Profiled Him and Jerked Him from His Truck

Phoenix New Times
November 3, 2009

Valeria Fernández

Editor's note: This is one of a group of individual accounts of racial profiling by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's forces. The next personal story will appear on our Web site Wednesday night, November 11.

When Leopoldo Arteaga asked a Maricopa County sheriff's deputy why he was pulled over last May, he was yanked out of his car and fell face down onto the pavement, bloodying his face, he says.

Arteaga says the deputies never read him his Miranda rights before he was taken to a hospital by the deputies for an injured nose and lip, after which he was taken to the Fourth Avenue Jail. He spent a night behind bars and was eventually charged with criminal speeding and failure to show identification.

Arteaga is 64 years old and a U.S. citizen. He plans a lawsuit against the MCSO, alleging racial profiling and excessive use of force...(more)

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