Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Arizona officials investigating illegal recording of San Cinema

Officials in Arizona are investigating illegal bathroom recordings from Sen. Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz.), officials confirmed Monday with The Epoch Times.

Sinima was harassed over the weekend at Arizona State University (ASU) in Phoenix, where she teaches. The activists then followed her to a bathroom and, while inside, registered a violation of state law.

“The ASU Police Department is working with Senator Cinema and conducting a thorough investigation into Sunday’s incident,” the university’s Public Information Officer Adam Wolfe told The Epoch Times in an email.

“Due to the active state of the investigation, we are unable to provide further information at this time,” he said.

A state statute makes it illegal for any person to film another person in the restroom or bathroom without their consent.

Violators can be charged with a Class 5 felony. Violators can face up to 2.5 years in prison.

It appears that the person who was filming is with Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), an active group that supports drastic easing of laws against illegal immigration.

LUCHA did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the offices of Arizona Attorney General Mark Branovich or Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.).

Sergeant Phoenix Police Department spokesman Vincent Cole indicated that the investigation would be taken care of by university police.

“Arizona State University has its own police department and agency investigating this incident,” he told The Epoch Times via email.

The cinema condemned what happened in a lengthy statement released on Monday.

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“Yesterday’s behavior was not a valid protest. It is unacceptable for activist organizations to direct their members to engage in illegal activities such as gaining entry into closed university buildings, disrupting the learning environment and filming students in a restroom,” she said.

Activists are trying to pressure cinema to support a massive $3.5 trillion budget proposal that Democrats hope to ram through Congress with zero Republican votes. This cannot happen unless every Democrat in the Senate supports it. Cinema sen Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), who was confronted last week by activists on a kayak aboard his houseboat.

Asked about what happened to cinema and Manchin, President Joe Biden told reporters in Washington on Monday, “I don’t think they are appropriate tactics, but it happens to everyone.”

“The only people that doesn’t happen to be people are people who have the Secret Service standing by. So that’s part of the process,” he said.

But Blake Masters, who is currently running in the Republican primary for Kelly’s seat, offered a different view.

“It is illegal to record people in the bathroom. In a sensible country, these agitators would be arrested and prosecuted,” he told The Epoch Times in an email. “I’m shocked by Mark Kelly’s refusal to defend Sen Cinema or even criticize activists.”

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Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started out as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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