Report gives police version of arrest of Entrada's bandana man - Albuquerque Journal

Report gives police version of arrest of Entrada’s bandana man

SANTA FE – A police report maintains a California man arrested during the Sept. 8 Entrada protests was wearing a bandana over his face, in violation of a Fiesta Council ban on masks, and was actively protesting — an account at odds with how the incident has been described by a defense lawyer.

Julian Douglas Rodriguez and seven others were arrested at the Entrada, the annual reenactment of the Spanish re-occupation of Santa Fe in 1692, 12 years after the Pueblo revolt. About 150 Native Americans and others showed up to protest at the Plaza.

Natasha Fulbright, from Albuquerque, shouts out protests during the reenactment of Don Diego De Vargas’ reconquest of Santa Fe on the Plaza Sept. 8. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Dan Cron, among the lawyers representing the protesters, said last week that Rodriguez, of Pala, Calif., wasn’t involved “whatsoever” in the protests and was visiting Santa Fe with his wife.

No officer lapel-cam video of Rodriguez’s arrest has been released by the police department. Sgt. Christopher McCord’s report says Rodriguez’s offense occurred at 1 p.m. the day of Entrada, but McCord dated his report as being made 10 days later, on Sept. 18 — days after the arrested protesters entered not guilty pleas and Cron had given the Journal his description of Rodriguez’s arrest.

“He was wearing a bandana on his forehead as a headband,” Cron said on Sept. 12. “A police officer went up and told him to take it off, but he declined to do so, and they arrested him for criminal trespass. He was a tourist who was on the Plaza who wanted to eat a pork sandwich and listen to some Mariachi music.”

In a report released Wednesday, McCord alleges that Rodriguez was “actively protesting” and had a bandana “over his face,” a violation of the mask ban imposed by Fiesta Council, which had a permit to use the Plaza for the Entrada and other Fiesta events. Santa Fe city officials have maintained police are required to enforce the rules of a permit-holder.

McCord’s report says he saw Rodriguez with the bandana on and told him about the mask ban and that the area was “private property” because of the Fiesta Council permit. Rodriguez refused to take off the bandana and said “he had every right to be there and cover his face,” the report states. When McCord told Rodriguez he could be arrested, Rodriguez took off the bandana and “started to walk into the Plaza area.”  McCord told him he “could not go that way” and that the stage was closed off and Rodriguez “got mad,” put the bandana back on his face and was arrested for trespassing.

The police established “free speech zones” after the Entrada concluded and formed lines to keep the protesters in the zones. The eight people arrested were charged with criminal trespass. One also faces a charge of disorderly contact and two counts of felony battery for allegedly hitting officers with a protest sign. Police lapel-cam video of her arrest does not show her hitting officers.

 

 

 

 

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