"I DON'T KNOW why they treated our friends like that. We didn't do any crime," Eduardo Roman Garcia, told the Orange County Register. Garcia was one of at least 19 immigrants who fled authorities last week after an 80-mile car chase that ended with the televised beating of Alicia Sotero Vazquez and Enrique Funes Flores. Two Riverside deputies, Tracy Watson and Kurtis Franklin, were suspended with pay after what appeared to be an unjustified beating.
Garcia is wrong: He and his friends are suspected of crimes. Not that any of them have been charged, but they apparently engaged in illegal entry into the United States. Their driver, whether his passengers were willing or not, evaded arrest. These crimes in no way justify the beating of Vazquez and Flores. Judging from what I saw on videotape, those two deputies should be thrown off the force. But do not say no other crimes occured.