Brief report regarding Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor's illegal & unconstitutional attack on OC activist
- Hello everybody:
The Orange County Register has posted an interesting
article about the arrest of Coyotl Tezcalipoca, an
Orange County activist, at last Tuesday's meeting of
the Costa Mesa City Council (see below). I witnessed
the whole thing. In fact, I unsuccessfully tried to
prevent the Costa Mesa Police from arresting Coyotl by
getting Captain Ron Smith to have his men back off of
him. Coyotl was being surrounded by cops, and when he
didn't move away from the podium fast enough for them,
they pushed him hard, forcefully dragging him out the
door with a policeman's arm around his neck, I tried
to follow them out the door to see what else they were
going do to him. But another cop grabbed my right arm
and briefly detained me. When I froze, he released me.
I was not arrested or injured. But Coyotl ended up
getting bruised quite a bit. I viewed some of the raw
video footage taken of the arrest by a Spanish
language televison network, and some of the clips
appear to show him being kicked by a cop while on the
Costa Mesa police have filed three misdemeanor
criminal charges against Coyotl. One for resisting
arrest and two for violating municipal ordinances that
regulate conduct during public meetings.
Several people have alleged to me that Costa Mesa
Mayor Allan Mansoor basically cut off Coyotl before
his time to speak was up. Although this appears to be
the case, it needs further research. The whole thing
about him plotting to disrupt the meeting is complete
garbage. Asking people to stand up silently during a
meeting of any public body while public comments are
in session is a wholly legitimate form of free speech
and expression that is protected by the First
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Many people can
attest to the fact that similar actions like the kind
that Coyotl engaged in have occurred at previous
meetings of the Costa Mesa City Council without
incident. I even participated in them. What Mayor
Mansoor did to Coyotl, in my opinion, was illegal and
unconstitutional. The arrest was wholly unneccesary
and the force the cops used to take him into custody
The lead staff attorney for the Orange County Chapter
of the American Civil Liberties Union contacted me
yesterday and told me they are conducting a full
investigation into this matter to determine if they
In the meanwhile, Coyotl is in need of legal
representation. If anybody knows of a good attorney
that would be interested in handling his case, please
don't hesitate to contact me. I'll pass on any
references to him.
Stay tuned for further developments.
Duane J. Roberts
Thursday, January 5, 2006
Arrested activist vows to continue protest
By BRIAN MARTINEZ
The Orange County Register
COSTA MESA A man forcefully arrested at a City
Council meeting this week said Wednesday that he and
other members of the activist group Tonantzin
Collective will continue their protest.
"I was treated unfairly, but I can still walk," said
Coyotl Tezcalipoca, 24. "We'll definitely" stay the
course, he said.
The activists are demanding that Costa Mesa drop its
efforts to give certain police officials the power to
enforce immigration law a role usually left to
Mayor Allan Mansoor on Wednesday defended his actions
at Tuesday's council meeting, saying he was only
trying to maintain order.
The incident started when Tezcalipoca asked his
supporters in the crowd to stand, Mansoor told him not
to do that, and Tezcalipoca urged them to do it
Earlier, Mansoor did not appear to oppose Jim
Gilchrist's request for members of the Minuteman
Project - a group that advocates strict
immigration-law enforcement - to stand up.
But an interview with Mansoor and a review of the
meeting's video recording revealed that he started to
tell the Minutemen to stop standing and then cut his
sentence short when they sat down quickly.
After Tezcalipoca did not heed Mansoor's order, the
mayor told him he could no longer speak. He didn't
stop speaking, so police officers asked him to leave.
When they tried to escort him outside, he resisted, so
they dragged him.
"We really didn't want to arrest him, because that
never makes the situation better," Police Chief John
Tezcalipoca, also known as Benito Acosta, was booked
on suspicion of disrupting an assembly and obstructing
an arresting officer, and released just after
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