Senator Scott Bundgaard Plays Patty-Cake with Jason Rose, and Russell Pearce Goes KGB on Pro-Immigration Activists

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Trapp and another DPS officer, J. Gentry Burton, eventually took Reza into custody. Reza said Burton slammed him against a wall of the lobby. Garza was filming the action, and she ended up getting nabbed as well, though she had not been banned.

Trapp and Burton allege Garza assaulted Trapp. Both DPS guys look to be more than six feet tall. Garza's small, probably a little over five feet. Garza was bruised during the altercation, during which Trapp dragged her by her hair.

Now, Garza faces two felony counts of resisting arrest and assault on an officer, as well as a misdemeanor count of trespassing. Reza has one trespassing count to worry about.

Nice little police state Pearce has turned the Senate into, eh? But what he doesn't get — what he will never get — is that Reza and other activists like him cannot be crushed.

Reza is in it for the long haul. He and the other members of Puente, including Garza, may seem small, powerless, easy to push around . . .

But, then, I'm sure that's what the dictators of the Middle East, like Hosni Mubarak in Egypt or Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, have thought of demonstrators and opponents heretofore.

What Pearce cannot foresee, but what Reza and his people can, is change.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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