Sign the petition to condemn the TPOA’s manipulation tactics and stand in
solidarity with Councilmember Santa Cruz!
Las Adelitas Arizona invites our community to sign this letter of support for our Council
Member Lane Santa Cruz and to demand accountability on the part of the Tucson
Police Officers Association.
We affirm the work of Council Member Santa Cruz and her willingness to ask questions,
demand accountability and engage in our community. Council Member Santa Cruz was
brave enough and committed enough to her constituents to stand in community, to risk
her own safety to protect her constituents, to place her own body between police in riot
gear and protestors.
We believe these attacks on the part of the Tucson Police Officers Association towards
Council Member Santa Cruz, professionally and personally, is an attempt to intimidate,
misrepresent and deflect attention away from Council Member Santa Cruz’s legitimate
concerns and actions. These attacks are also politically motivated, stemming from their
support of the Trump agenda and employing the same bullying tactics he has
popularized at the national level.
We further believe the actions of the TPOA are in response to Council Member Santa
Cruz’s requests and insistence upon accountability for the in-custody death of Carlos
“Adrian” Ingram-Lopez and her vote against renewing the police union contract. Her
vote, as a matter of record, is 100% within her rights and obligations as a duly elected
member of the Tucson City Council. In fact, President John F. Kennedy, in his famous
Profiles in Courage hails those who stand up in legislative bodies representing their
conscience, as the true heroes of our democracy.
We refuse to participate in or perpetuate the cycles of violence and intimidation with our
silence. The tactics being employed by the TPOA against Council Member Santa Cruz
have a long history of use against women, especially women of color, and even more
particularly against women who are brave enough to stand up to the status quo and
demand accountability and change.
Join us in signing this petition and use your voice to condemn the TPOA’s manipulation
tactics and to demonstrate our solidarity with Council Member Santa Cruz. We use our
voices to ask the Mayor and Council to dismiss the unwarranted request that Council
Member Santa Cruz’s actions are considered Aggravated Assault or that her freedom to
vote her conscience be condemned.