This week TCFC was notified of a video (link included below) of the incumbent in Ward 1, Lane Santa Cruz attending a protest on May 29, 2020. Santa Cruz identified herself as a council member and subsequently grabbed a TPD officer's baton. The protest caused over $200,000 in damage. This was covered in the Arizona Daily Star and recently Tucson Sentinel (link included below). WARNING: The video contains violence, significant cursing and foul language directed at the police. There was at least one rock thrown and water bottles at the police highlighted in the video.
Text was added to the video adding sarcastic commentary by the video owner poking fun of the protest as "peaceful" with frustration directed from the police officers point of view. The content is not modified so you can make your own judgements. Santa Cruz identifies herself by saying "I am your fucking City Councilmember." Santa Cruz asked to see Captain Dennison. Santa Cruz appears in the video at 3 min 5 sec.
NOTE: The comments in the video below belong solely to the video owner.
A letter from the TPD Police Union: Tucson Police Protective League has been included (link below) for the perspective of over 100 TPD officers on this incident with Lane Santa Cruz.
“TCFC advocates for adequate staffing and resources for law enforcement”
We need elected leadership that share the same set of priorities.
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