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Immigrant Right Supporters Challenge Costa Mesa City Council

by Duane J. Roberts Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 10:49 AM

In the picture below, taken from video footage shot by a Minuteman supporter at the Tuesday, January 3, 2006 meeting of the Costa Mesa City Council, Police Chief John Hensley is ordering his men to arrest Coyotl Tezcalipoca for allegedly disrupting a public meeting. The only problem, however, is that a few moments before he made this order, Mayor Allan Mansoor declared twice over the microphones that the meeting was in recess. Did Hensley order his men to make an illegal arrest?

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Sunday, January 8, 2006


Surprising video shot by Minuteman suggests the
lawman had Coyotl Tezcalipoca illegally arrested


COSTA MESA, CA -- During the past 48 hours, video
footage has unexpectedly appeared on the internet
containing a number of startling images which suggest
that Coyotl Tezcalipoca, a young Mexican civil rights
activist who has been openly critical of Costa Mesa
Mayor Allan Mansoor's proposal to merge city law
enforcement with immigration duties, was illegally
arrested by police officers at the Tuesday, January
3rd meeting of that municipality's City Council.

The footage in question, a high quality five minute
video clip of that meeting, was taken by a
self-professed "Minuteman" who lives in Los Angeles,
and was posted on,
a website that is dedicated to fighting "the human
tsunami of millions upon never ending millions of
poor illegal aliens from Latin America ...
[threatening] ... our way of life."

A careful, but detailed analysis of this clip not only
completely contradicts newspaper accounts claiming
that Tezcalipoca was taken into custody because he had
gone over his time limit during public comments and
had refused to leave the podium, but shows that
Costa Mesa Police Chief John Hensley himself may
have acted improperly -- and possibly illegally --
when he ordered several of his officers to arrest
the young activist.

The video clearly shows that Police Chief Hensley
ordered Tezcalipoca arrested shortly after Mayor
Mansoor stated twice over his microphone that the
meeting was temporarily being adjourned for what
appears to have been a pre-planned recess or
"break." If this is the case, as it appears to be,
then Hensley had his officers take Tezcalipoca into
custody for "disrupting" a Costa Mesa
City Council meeting which, technically, was no
longer in session. This casts serious doubts over
the validity of the arrest.

In addition to this, the video establishes for the
first time that Mayor Mansoor did in fact abruptly cut
off Tezcalipoca two minutes and twenty seconds into
his public comments -- out of the three minutes that
were available to him according to the Costa
Mesa municipal code. Civil libertarians looking
into this case argue this was an outright violation
of Tezcalipoca's constitutionally protected right to
free speech and assembly.

A separate investigation being conducted by John Earl,
publisher of the, a website that
covers labor and immigrant rights issues in Orange
County, not only has uncovered additional evidence
corroborating some of the claims brought up in this
article, but has discovered video clips showing that
Mayor Mansoor did in fact allow Minuteman founder Jim
Gilchrist to do things he refused to allow Tezcalipoca
to do during public comments.

"It seems that Mansoor's message to the public," Earl
told me yesterday via Yahoo messenger, "was that if
you are a Minuteman you may stand for your beliefs,
but if you are Mexican, please remain seated."

The video also shows, contrary to claims that Police
Chief Hensley made to the press last week, that
Tezcalipoca, although appearing upset over the fact
his comments were cut short by Mayor Mansoor, not
only was fully complying with orders by officers
to leave the podium, but was in the process of
exiting the building shortly before they violently
pushed him out the door.


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Good One TheWatchdog Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 9:56 PM
Re: Good One Duane J. Roberts Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 11:02 PM
Let it play in the courts Border Raven Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 11:15 PM
Camera TheWatchdog Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 12:05 AM
Weird johnk Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 4:21 AM
The reason he was cut is that it was 7:00pm witness Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 4:25 AM
yes there is definately a part where you can hear Witness2 Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 4:32 AM
Re: yes there is definately a part where you can hear Duane J. Roberts Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 7:41 AM
Re: Camera Duane J. Roberts Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 8:02 AM
Well, the police had repeatedly told everyone CMRESIDENT Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 2:13 PM
Re: Well, the police had repeatedly told everyone Duane J. Roberts Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 7:11 PM
Duane TheWatchdog Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 7:14 PM
Another witness Richard S. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 1:55 AM
re: the 7:00 p.m. argument homey Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 2:23 AM
Sounds reasonable to me Jury Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 3:27 AM
IF you defy the police, you might get your Chris Rock Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 3:28 AM
Re: Another witness Duane J. Roberts Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 5:51 AM
Re: Sounds reasonable to me Duane J. Roberts Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 7:09 AM
Re: Duane Duane J. Roberts Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 7:45 AM
Begging the question Fredric L. Rice Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 6:25 PM
That's also telling Fredric L. Rice Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 8:25 PM
Re: That's also telling Duane J. Roberts Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 10:47 PM
Time's Up? johnk Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 at 3:54 AM
wow - thanks everyone homey Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 at 4:15 AM
Re: Time's Up? Duane J. Roberts Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 at 9:03 AM
Mayor Mansoor is not white actually Morleigh Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at 4:35 AM
Mayor not white irrelevent Fredric L. Rice Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at 8:04 PM
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