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I'm sure I'll get flamed for this but... The guy should have put up signs in spanish and english saying "Trespassers WILL be shot"
But if someone is trespassing on my property, and at the same time breaking a Federal law I will assume the worst and act accordingly, I don't care what color they are.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This it Barnett ranch all throughout here.
LAVANDERA: Roger Barnett was on a self-appointed patrol, packing an assault rifle and a conviction that U.S. citizens need to take the problem of illegal immigration into their own hands.
R. MORALES: As soon as I asked him what his name was, that's when he went back to his truck, and reached underneath the -- his seat, and pulled out the -- the AR-15. It took him three tries to chamber that bullet. And, once he chambered that bullet, he says: My name, my name is f'ing Roger Barnett. And, if you don't get out of here, I am going to shoot you, I am going to kill you.
LAVANDERA: Barnett boasts of having captured 14,000 illegal immigrants in seven years on the 22,000 acres of U.S. border property he leases from Arizona. There are many different interviews on this page but you will find this one a little more than halfway.
ROGER BARNETT, RESIDENT OF ARIZONA: Nobody has ever been hurt or abused, but thousands have been turned over to the Border Patrol to be deported.
V. MORALES: He's just scary. He was just rally mad.
LAVANDERA (on camera): Did he have a gun? Did you see a gun?
V. MORALES: Yes, he had a -- a -- a gun.
LAVANDERA (voice-over): But the family held at gunpoint was born and raised in the United States. And, when local police wouldn't act, they joined with border activists, filing a civil lawsuit, hoping to stop Barnett's patrols and make an example of him.
Originally posted by jam321
You said something interesting here. Assume does not give anybody the right to take somebody's life. Could you imagine if all cops assumed that we had a weapon on us every time we got pulled over or were walking down the street?
I give the guy the right to defend his property but I do not side with all of these talk about shooting them. Humanity has to count for something.
13-1303. Unlawful imprisonment; classification
A. A person commits unlawful imprisonment by knowingly restraining another person.
B. In any prosecution for unlawful imprisonment, it is a defense that:
1. The restraint was accomplished by a peace officer acting in good faith in the lawful performance of his duty; or
2. The defendant is a relative of the person restrained and the defendant's sole intent is to assume lawful custody of that person and the restraint was accomplished without physical injury.
C. Unlawful imprisonment is a class 6 felony unless the victim is released voluntarily by the defendant without physical injury in a safe place prior to arrest in which case it is a class 1 misdemeanor.
Originally posted by Scurvy
How does this even have enough merit to go to court? This man is simply protecting his family and his land from people who shouldn't be there at all, let alone illegally. And sueing the sheriff for not doing anything?! "Hey there mister, you just let these fine Mexican citizens continue entering the country illegally, don't you worry I'll handle it later."