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Updated Oct 9, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Detention of men prompts immigration protest

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson police used pepper spray to help disperse some of
the more than 100 people protesting the detention of two immigrants who had been
detained after a traffic stop.

Police Sgt. Maria Hawke says the impromptu protest occurred when a crowd
gathered at the scene Tuesday evening.

She said police pulled over a car because it had no license plate light and
then called the Border Patrol when officers learned the occupants were in the
country illegally.

According to Hawke, officers learned of the status of the driver and passenger
after they told police they had no driver’s licenses or other identification.

The Border Patrol agents took both into custody, and the crowd dispersed.

Police Chief Roberto Villasenor scheduled a Wednesday afternoon news conference
on the incident.


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