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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tucson jury refuses to criminalize humanitarian aid -- Judge announces hung jury in Scott Warren trial

Tucson jury refuses to criminalize humanitarian aid

By Brenda Norrell
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TUCSON -- Dr. Scott Warren thanked his family, supporters and attorneys after the judge announced a hung jury in his case on Tuesday. Warren urged support for migrants and refugees, as communities continue to face militarization in border communities.
"I love you all," Warren said, after the jury did not convict him.

Migrant Aid Workers Targeted by Border Agents in Retaliation, Unicorn Riot Exposes Documents

UPDATE: Judge Declares Hung Jury in Case of Scott Warren

TUCSON — The jury in the felony trial against Scott Warren, a humanitarian-aid volunteer charged with harboring two undocumented immigrants in southwestern Arizona, was unable to reach a verdict in the high-profile case.  After bringing the 12-person jury into the Tucson courtroom, U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins declared a hung jury. He dismissed the jury after each member told him that additional time would not result in a verdict. Read more:

Volunteers walk to water drops in the desert – Photo by Carrot Quinn
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agents Used Racial Slurs in Messages with U.S. Border Patrol Agents

By Unicorn Riot
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TUCSON -- The racial slurs of federal agents on the US Mexico border are exposed in court documents in the court case against Dr. Scott Warren, and even go so far as to the provide the location of one humanitarian aid worker's home, Unicorn Riot exposed today.
In this set of documents, the targeting of humanitarian workers began in 2017.
"Court documents expose text messages between multiple federal officers using racist slurs when referring to migrants and at one point even going as far as to share the location of a humanitarian aid workers’ home," Unicorn Riot reports.
" 80-pages of court documents highlight a conversation between Border Patrol and Fish and  Wildlife Officers which reveals the racist nature of federal officers involved in tracking the human rights volunteers. In one text message, Officer Marquez asks Officer Bissel to let them know if “anymore bean droppers come around.” In another text, Officer Burns tells two other federal agents that he sees “2 toncs at the house”, referring to individuals he assumes have entered the country illegally."
"The documents detail text messages between multiple federal agents about a report on the local nightly news exposing Border Patrol 'vandalism to their water drop sites.' In recent years, federal agents have been exposed sabotaging water drops multiple times by cameras hidden by humanitarian group, No More Deaths."
Read article at Unicorn Riot
Volunteers say the US Border Patrol targeted humanitarian aid workers after this video of US Border Patrol agents pouring out life saving water, was placed online.

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