No free speech in Mesa if it antagonizes Mormons
We're trying to find a Mormon lady (felon) who punched a Christian minister in the eye on Christmas Eve 2005 near the Mormon temple in Mesa, Arizona. (A photo of her and her friend / sister below.) Her punch caused the Christian minister a torn and detached retina. He needed emergency surgery and still does not have his vision back after 2 years.
This is felony aggravated assault, but if you read these RipOff Report pages, you know there's a lot of discrimination against non-Mormons in Mesa, especially when Mormons are the bad guys. The Mesa police wouldn't even list this victim as a victim for a year and a half! Even now that he's finally listed as a victim, the Mesa police refuse to investigate. They won't even show the woman's photo around at the temple. So we're asking ROR readers' help. Maybe you know the woman attacker?
In addition to trying to find the felon, we're also trying to get a little justice in Mesa for non-Mormons by trying to get a bad cop, Officer Dearing, #16349, disciplined. He told the victim that you have no free speech in Mesa if it antagonizes Mormons.
[You can listen to the audio clip at
Christian ministers have learned that you have to record everything when you're evangelizing to Mormons or they may lie to the police about you.]
Writing to Chief Gascon of the Mesa P.D. was fruitless. Can you help? We'll tell you how below.
Here's the story. A couple of Christian ministers were standing on the sidewalk in front of the Visitor Center in Mesa. They aren't the street preacher type. They simply hold small signs with something catchy about Mormonism on them, and if Mormons want to talk to them about the Bible and Mormonism, they talk. If not, the men mind their own business.
While they were minding their own business, an angry Mormon man jumped out the passenger side of a car passing by slowly. Swearing at the men, he shoved one up against a truck, made a threat and then hopped back in the car. The men got a license plate and called the police, but the license plate of the good Mormon lead to a vacant lot.
Officer Dearing responded to the scene. He was cordial and took all the information. After the police left, the men went back to the sidewalk. Almost immediately, two Mormon women came by and started harassing the men. One of the women tried to steal a Bible sign off one man's truck. When he pulled her away from his property and told his friend to call the cops, WHAM! The other woman punched him in the eye. (This woman has had some training. She hit him with a text book closed fist right cross. Very unusual for a woman.)
Then another Mormon man, Chris Jack, who saw the first woman try to steal the minister's sign, decided to "help." But instead of focusing on the criminal, his Mormon sister, he jumped the minister from behind and took him to the ground! Nice testimony, Chris!
The police were called again, and as last time, Officer Dearing responded. This time, he wasn't cordial. As you can hear from the audio clip above, he threatened to arrest the minister because the minister knew that sometimes Mormons get upset when you talk to them about Jesus. Officer Dearing says that's "antagonizing." HelloOOOoo? Can you say "1st Amendment right?" (We trust ROR readers know you can't silent speech just because someone is offended. Where would the ROR website be if it wasn't for free speech.)
Officer Dearing said, "If I had a victim, you'd be going to jail." He said this while the man is bleeding, has a black eye, is the one who called 911 and didn't flee! Remember, too, that Officer Dearing knew that the first assault on his man was completely unprovoked. Even a Mormon witness on that one said so. And yet Officer Dearing doesn't have a victim on this one.
[The audio clip picks up with the other minster saying "Whoa, whoa, whoa!" to the cops who had just accused him of starting a verbal altercation with the women. In fact, that minister had walked away from the women, like baseball umpires do when an angry ball player comes after them. You can hear Officer Dearing and Officer Shilling (#15296) telling him "Don't ever tell ME to whoa!"
Aren't cops great?]
This time, Officer Dearing took witness statements from Mormons only. They were off on church property with another cop who had intercepted the radio call. We suspect the cop was Mormon and told the women to leave, but we can't prove that. He sure didn't want his face on cameras though!
In Chris Jack's witness statement he says he saw one of the women try to "remove" the man's sign. (We call that stealing, Chris.) Even with that information, Officer Dearing was going to arrest the minister. This is Mesa, after all, where even the Radio Dispatcher in the 911 tape referred to the ministers as "Anti's." (Short for "Anti-Mormon.")
Fortunately, a year and a half later, Officer Dearing's new supervisor saw things differently, and listed the minister as a victim. But still, the detectives refuse to investigate. Which leaves us on our own.
If we did this right, below are the pictures of the women. On the left is the attacker. On the right is the thief. If you know either one, please call Detective Gomez and/or Sgt. Scott Martin of the Mesa P.D. (480-644-2211) and tell them you have information on the felon for the assault that occurred on December 24, 2005 at 525 E. Main Street. The last 4 digits of the DR are 0676. And, please, also send us an email so we can follow up. justiceinmesa @ yahoo dot com. The statute of limitations runs out this Christmas Eve, so if you have any information, please call the detectives immediately. They drag their feet a lot.
[If the photos are not here, you can see the attacker at http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/4011/mormonfelonlf6.jpg
And her friend or sister at http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/2752/mormonthiefcb1.jpg
You can also call the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, and complain about Officer Dearing. You've heard the audio clip. The number there is 602-223-2514. Tell them a complaint was already sent to Chief Gascon but he didn't act. You will need to send a letter in writing to make it formal, telling them what you heard and that Officer Dearing's conduct has "diminish your public trust in the law enforcement profession." (Use those words! That's the only way they'll act.) This is the only way things will change in Mesa. Mesa certainly isn't going to clean up it's act.
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