Another True Patriot: Arizona vigilante, Tea Partier, and murderer of nine year olds.
Minuteman border vigilante and Arizona Tea Partier Shawna Forde was found guilty of the 2009 murder of a nine-year-old Latina girl and her father, in Arivaca, Arizona.
Brisenia Flores was shot twice in the head by home invaders enlisted by Forde, who was found guilty of sanctioning racially motivated home invasions to finance (via robbery) her border patrol activities. Flores’ parents were also shot, but her mother, Gina Gonzales, survived.
Forde was founder and leader of the group Minuteman American Defense, and had strong ties with both the Tea Party movement and prominent anti-immigrant groups, including the influential conservative think-tank Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Forde had a habit of ending her emails with the sign off, “Lock and Load”. Her supporters claim she was once a Minuteman National Director–a loose affiliation of anti-immigration border activists who took to policing the border on their own with guns and surveillance equipment. Forde has also had ties with the anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform. These groups have all been labeled hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Forde in her blog at the Phoenix Tea Party gushed her enthusiasm for the usual Tea Party Obama-hatred. She wrote exhorting her fellow rightists:
“This is the time for all Americans to join organizations and REVOLT!!!,” she writes. “Refuse to be part of a system only designed to enslave you and you children. Times will get worse before they get worse, *Say no to illegal immigration* Lock and Load, Shawna Forde.”
Other than the usual Tea Party hatred of Obama and immigrants, Forde’s motive according to Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, was greed. Dupnik told reporters after the trio’s arrest that Forde and the others wanted money and drugs. Forde desired cash to fuel her anti-immigrant vigilante operation and make it more sophisticated. Dupnik also stated that “the plan was to kill all the people inside this trailer so there would be no witnesses.” If the Brisenia’s mother had not returned fire, she probably would have been killed as well.
Murderous Tea Party douchebag, Shawna Forde, enjoying the last bit of fresh air and sunshine this side of the pokey.