Tuscon, AZ — Disturbing body camera footage has been released this week showing a Tuscon cop assault an 86-year-old grandma by throwing her to the ground and then pepper spray a 65-year-old woman for trying to help her up.

Naturally, police are claiming they feared for their safety and were forced to use violence against the 4’5″ 100-lb elderly woman and her 65-year-old friend.

Two weeks ago, protesters gathered in downtown Tuscon to voice their discontent with Tump’s travel ban and immigration crackdown. Although the assault was reported then, the body cam video was not released until now.


According to Breaking 911,

Tucson police chief Chris Magnus said the department is conducting an investigation but has told reporters that he believes his officers handled the crowd appropriately. Local immigrant rights advocates have spoken out against police conduct at the protest, claiming that the arrests were unwarranted and that officers used unnecessary force – particularly against elderly women at the rally. The recently released body camera footage, the rally’s organizers say, “confirms police brutality and repression” of peaceful protesters.

The event, organized to protest recent nationwide deportation raids and in solidarity with the National Day Without Immigrants, began at 4:30 p.m. that day in front of Tucson’s downtown Federal Building. By 6 p.m., at least 80 people had joined the protest – organizers said it grew to 200 people at one point. It “suddenly became a safety and logistical challenge” as crowds began veering off the sidewalks and into the path of traffic, Magnus wrote.

Apparently, the 86-year-old grandma and three other elderly women were being unruly and forced the hand of the officers. Claiming the elderly women had them surrounded, the officers issued an emergency call for assistance.

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“Most of the crowd complied, but a very specific subgroup elected to remain in the road and challenge the directions they were given by the officers,” Magnus said, compromising their safety.

“One of the officers working to get a protester back to the sidewalk was assaulted by that protester,” Magnus said. “When the officer went to arrest this subject and place him in a patrol car for transport, he and the other officers who were assisting him were quickly surrounded by members of the crowd.”

Those members of the crowd were the women seen in the video below.

“Here’s this woman on the ground, and they’re so busy pepper spraying those who were helping her, they never help her up,” Rolande Baker, the 65-year-old woman who was pepper sprayed for helping up an elderly grandmother said. “Do we look violent to you?”

The 86-year-old grandma, who has not been identified by authorities, was not injured, and was able to get back up on her own. Baker, however, was still recovering from the pain in her eyes three days later, according to Breaking 911.

“It’s just terrible,” she said. “Would you do that to your mother? Would you do that to your grandmother? Because I’m about the age of your grandmother.”

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • Arthur Jackson

    Well, no Bundys died. And yeah I did say shoot the dumb fuckers, because they were heavily armed unlike these little old ladies. Anybody who’s head isn’t up there ass understands that if the Bundy’s were black they would all be dead. A long time ago.

    I see what you are trying to, but unfortunately you are not smarter than everybody else so you are trying to prove something that isn’t true. For fuck’s sake you are trying to equate unarmed little old ladies with heavily armed anti-government radicals in the Bundy clan and Koresh’s bunch in Waco. They are not the same you fucking moron.

    • Domina Elle

      Actually one of the unarmed people associated with the Oregon situation was shot and killed by an FBI agent even though he had his hands up. The Feds emptied their guns into that SUV its a miracle no one else died. At Waco perry jones an unarmed elderly man came to the door and was shot in the stomach. That was during the initial dynamic raid entry before the davidians decided they’d better DEFEND themselves. Do you personally know Davidian survivors? I am going to wager not. I do. I know many of them intimately and I know what happened. I guess you think it’s ok for cops to shoot indiscriminately at a house full of elderly people, pregnant women and children because that is what happened at Waco. After they killed the dogs which were contained in a fenced in area and posed no threat. So here you go DUMBASS, I just see bullies with state authority and victims and THAT is the correlation. I guess you put victims of the state in special categories. That is, when you acknowledge them as victims of the state. I just love it when people don’t know what they’re talking about and call me a moron. LOL. Boy oh boy. If you only knew the little old bible ladies at Waco. You’d eat those words and be ashamed if you have a lick of humility. Most of them never touched a gun in their lives. You ate up the government narratives the ones they told demonizing their victims the ones they MURDERED

      • Arthur Jackson

        I never nobody was killed you FUCKING IDIOT. The guy you are talking about just tried to run some people over after going on a high speed chase. That in and of itself doesn’t mean he should have been shot, but when all other aspects of the situation are added up there was a pretty good chance of it happening. This is even taking into account the fact he said he planned on being a martyr.

        Now whether I have any personal knowledge of Waco is just some bullshit logical fallacy on your part MORON. Sure you knew them intimately. I say that facetiously since you are clearly full of shit.

    • Domina Elle