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A Utah Mother Tried Telling Police Officers That She Was Her Daughter To Avoid Being Arrested

When you see those cop lights flashing behind you, what’s the first thing you think of? How am I going to get out of this? That’s my first thought anyway. I’m sure others thing “don’t shoot!” or “it wasn’t me!” Some can get out of a ticket by crying and making up a lie or acting oblivious about not knowing the speeding the limit. But when you have outstanding warrants under your name you better come up with a better story than just pretending to be naive. This hilarious but unfortunate case should be a lesson to all.

A 38-year-old woman tried to pass off as her 21-year-old daughter after she was stopped by police and discovered she had several outstanding warrants under her name. 

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Meet Heather Garcia, a woman from Davis County, Utah. Police stopped her while she was driving a silver BMW. They allegedly found a white substance in her car and drug paraphernalia. When officers asked her who she was, she said her name was Mercedes and that was born in 1998. Now we know it’s not proper to ask a woman her age, that is unless you’re talking to law officers. Her quick thinking would not have the impact on the police officers she was hoping for.

Police did not buy her story of being born in 1998, so they arrested her for the outstanding warrants and other charges.

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Garcia was charged with “several drug charges including possession or use of a controlled substance, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to inmate records,” obtained by Fox News. Cops claim to have found a white, powdery substance in Garcia’s car along with drug paraphernalia. We know that some police departments have issued questionable arrests in the past, however, they have to perform their investigation before anyone knows exactly what is going on. As for the marijuana charges, some states have started to overturn old marijuana charges and it is becoming more and more legal across the country. However, Utah only allows for medicinal marijuana making the possession of marijuana charges a serious one for Garcia.

“By providing individuals a path to have their records expunged, including those who have been unjustly impacted based on their race or ethnicity, and reducing the penalty for unlawful possession of marijuana to a fine, we are giving many New Yorkers the opportunity to live better and more productive, successful and healthier lives,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement, provided by CNN. Garcia was pulled over because her car didn’t have a license plate, according to te police.

We still can’t help but feel bad for Garcia. Why hasn’t anyone told her that the 1980s chola look isn’t in fashion anymore? 

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A good chola style is always incredible, especially that old-school veterana look, but Garcia went too far with the eyebrows and undereye wingtip. We didn’t even think that was actually possible. We’re all fans of Sad Girl, Mousie, Giggles, Baby Doll and the whole gang from “Mi Vida Loca.” Unfortunately, Garcia took those standards to another level and it worked against her, especially with her age.

Some people on social media said Garcia’s chola look actually looked more like Tim Curry in “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

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Alright, we see the resemblance, it’s the eyebrows, dark eyeliner, and red lipstick, but isn’t that a little cruel? 

Now, we know what you’re asking yourself…

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Yes, we’re wondering that too. If Garcia honestly thought she could pass off as her daughter, she must look exactly like her, right? We are all wrong. 

Her daughter is beautiful!

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This 21-year-old Mercedes and she’s stunning, which means she has her mom’s genes. We just know that beauty is underneath all that makeup. Imagine her mom with naturally curly hair. She would look younger in an instant. 

We just know if Garcia wore less makeup we could see her natural beauty!

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Less is more is our motto, and we think Heather is being wrongfully judged for her exaggerated chola look. We are certain if she had a make-under, her true beauty would shine and she would no longer get judged in this harsh manner. We also believe people can turn their lives around. It is possible. Si se puede!

READ: Real Cholas Shut Down Fake Chola Fashion

One Day After A Texas Sheriff Called Undocumented Immigrants ‘Drunks,’ His Son Is Arrested For Public Intoxication

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One Day After A Texas Sheriff Called Undocumented Immigrants ‘Drunks,’ His Son Is Arrested For Public Intoxication

A Texas sheriff is eating his words after his bigotted comments came back to bite him in the worst way.

A day after Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn referred to undocumented immigrants as “drunks” who would “run over” children, his own son was reportedly arrested on charges of public intoxication. It has also been revealed that his son Sergei Waybourn has been arrested before. In 2018 he was charged with assault and in recent years he was arrested for trespassing and theft.

Sheriff Waybourn’s comments sparked controversy when he spoke against undocumented immigrants at a press conference in Washington.

Last Thursday, the sheriff spoke at the conference alongside Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matthew Albence. Speaking in response to a ruling by a federal California judge made last month that imposed restrictions on ICE’s use of “detainers,” Waybourn underlined the consequences of releasing illegal immigrants with DWI and other crimes.

U.S. District Judge André Birotte Jr.’s decision barred ICE from using online database searches to find and detain people based. Recently, the ACLU stated that since 2008, 2 million US citizens have been illegally detained because of such searches.

Waybourn pointed to his charge of inmates to give examples of high rates of repeat offenders. “If we have to turn them loose or they get released, they’re coming back to your neighborhood and my neighborhood,” Waybourn said according to New York Post. “These drunks will run over your children, and they will run over my children.”

After his comments, the national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens called for Waybourn’s resignation.

According to Dallas Morning News, Domingo Garcia said Waybourn ought to “resign and apologize for his bigoted comments immediately.”

In response, Waybourne said his comments had been taken out of contexts and his office released a statement saying that “Sheriff Waybourn was not referring to all legal or illegal immigrants when making his comments about DWI/DWI repeat offenders. He was speaking toward the charges of DWI and DWI repeat offender in the context of illegal immigration.”

In response to the news of his son’s arrest, the sheriff said he is “deeply saddened by Sergei’s choices.”

According to WFAA, he said that “It has been many years since he disassociated from our family. We, along with many family members have made efforts over the years to help him – all to no avail. It is always sad when drugs take control of a person’s life. His choices and actions have lead to this situation.”

Senior Border Patrol Officer Gets To Retire After Allegedly Kidnapping And Sexually Assaulting Another Agent

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Senior Border Patrol Officer Gets To Retire After Allegedly Kidnapping And Sexually Assaulting Another Agent

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On July 10, former senior Border Patrol agent Gus Zamora, 51, was arrested in Tuscon for sexually assaulting a junior agent. Zamora’s wife is Gloria Chavez, one of the agency’s highest-ranked female officers. Three weeks after he was indicted by a Pima County grand jury, the agency took the only action it has thus far: it allowed him to retire from the agency three weeks after being arrested. Customs and Border Protection defended its actions by telling The New York Times, it “holds its employees accountable and expects the entire workforce to adhere to the agency’s standards of conduct.” Zamora attended a pretrial hearing at the Arizona Superior Court in Tucson. He pleaded not guilty.

The victim, identified as R.W. in court documents, told police that she looked up to Zamora as a mentor, given their ten-year age difference and his seniority. Over the years, R.W. had ignored some of his advances, asserting her desire to remain friends. The night of the assault, they met up for dinner and Zamora bought her so many tequila shots, video surveillance shows her falling to her knees as Zamora brought her back to his hotel room where he would later sexually assault her.

Before their dinner, Zamora texted her to ask if she “dressed up” for him, according to The New York Times.

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According to The New York Times, Zamora bought them five rounds of tequila shots, and at one point, she moved away from him after he placed his hand on her left thigh. The Daily Mail reports that Zamora told investigators that he offered R.W. a ride home, to which she declined, saying she didn’t want to be alone. Zamora alleges that she initiated the sex. However, hotel surveillance footage shows Zamora holding R.W. up. At one point, she fell to her knees, according to police documents obtained by The New York Times. 

Those police documents detail how R.W. said she blacked out, only waking up a few times to find herself on the bed. She told police she didn’t feel like she had the capacity to give consent. The rape kit results have not been made public. 

A few days later, R.W. reported the crime to the police, who then recorded her follow-up call to Zamora.

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According to The New York Times, the detective on the case recorded a phone call during which R.W. informed Zamora that the sex was non-consensual. The detective wrote, “he told her to not go there and that it wasn’t like that,” that sex “was never on his mind. They had too many shots,” The New York Times reports. Effectively, Zamora tried to call him out and he just deflected the blame onto both of them. 

When Zamora was eventually called in for an interview, a detective told Zamora that R.W. was in no state to offer consent, to which he “said that he knows, but he wasn’t in a state to consent either,” according to The New York Times

Women make up 5 percent of Border Patrol agents.

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The female agents who do make up the force have voiced their outrage at the agency’s inaction around sexual assault accusations. “There’s not a single woman in the Border Patrol who has either not been sexually assaulted, outright raped or at the very least sexually harassed,” former Border Patrol agent Jenn Budd told The New York Times. Budd’s since become an immigrant rights activist, and urges women to reconsider joining the Border Patrol.

Two days before Zamora allegedly assaulted R.W., Tucson police arrested Border Patrol agent Steven Charles Holmes, 33, for sexually assaulting three women over seven years. 

The agency is already under immense criticism for its high rate of arrest charges brought against Border Patrol agents when compared to other law enforcement agencies.

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In July 2019, Quartz reported that Border Patrol agents are arrested approximately five times as often as other law enforcement groups. With a budget of over $15 billion and over 60,000 employees, it’s the largest law enforcement agency in the United States. Many critics say the agency is not held to account for its unconstitutional means of coercing migrants to sign removal forms written in English, a language they often cannot understand. 

A Customs Border Patrol spokesperson told El Paso Times that its Office of Professional Responsibility “will review all the facts uncovered to ensure all allegations of misconduct … are thoroughly investigated for appropriate action by the agency.”

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