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Sunday, July 11, 2010

No Talk of Vigilante Violence in Arizona

With all the talk of alleged beheadings by illegal immigrants, Governor Jan Brewer makes no mention of the case of Shawna Forde who was arrested in Pima County, Arizona in June 2009 for the murder of Raul Flores, 29, and his 9-year-old daughter. Believing Flores was a drug dealer, Forde and two other men posing as border agents entered the Flores house searching for drug money and shot everyone inside in cold blood. Raul's wife survived the shooting. Forde had formed her own group, Minutemen American Defense after being kicked out of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps several years before. So why not a ban on the numerous vigilantes groups patrolling the border?

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