Would anti-immigration activists lie about border violence as part of their campaign to pass, and then enforce, controversial anti-immigraiton laws in Arizona?
At least one Arizona sheriff’s office thinks that’s a real possibility and is reopening the investigation into a deputy’s version of how he was shot in remote desert south of Phoenix. The move comes amid growing speculation that the incident was a hoax timed to stoke racial fires and enflame the debate over illegal immigration.
Pinal County Deputy Louie Puroll told investigators that he was following a group of smugglers carrying bales of marijuana when he was ambushed by men firing AK-47 rifles. Puroll went on to describe a shoot-out in the desert that left him grazed in the back by a bullet.
But forensic experts have concluded that the bullet would could not have occurred as he described. According to those experts, the wound was the result of a close-contact shot, with the muzzle of the gun lying against the skin.
Add this story to the growing list of fabrications by SB 1070 supporters, including Arizona Gov. Brewer’s claim of decapitations along the border, that were to justify the law.
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