Police arrested three people including a Native American woman who was burning sage at a Trump protest.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
July 4, 2016
Denver, Colorado – On Friday, a Native American woman was taken into custody by a police supervisor, cited and later released for refusing to put out a burning sage at a Trump protest rally in Denver. The arrest of the woman burning sage was video recorded and Denver police is now facing national criticism for violating the woman’s indigenous right to practice her native religion in public.
According to Red Power Media, Denver police arrested Josie Valadez Fraire, 22, who has a court date for August 1. She plans to challenge the charges against her for burning sage and violating her Constitutional rights.
Fraire is Xicana and is a member/activist of MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), a national Chicano student rights organization, according to Red Power Media.
Denver police have not released a statement about her arrest and could very well be facing a lawsuit as well. In Colorado, it is legal to smoke marijuana, but not to burn sage in public, especially at a Trump protest.
The Trump protest took place outside the Colorado’s Convention Center at the 3-day Western Conservative Summit where Trump attended.
Some Trump supporters and protesters had a vocal including a push and shoving clash during the rally, but no injuries were reported.
Video of woman arrested by Denver police for burning sage in public http://youtu.be/Y76efILN0Tg
Video: Josie Valadez Fraire speaks about her arrest for burning sage. https://youtu.be/K859R_YOu3U