Sheriff blames free speech as likely cause of Arizona massacre
January 8th, 2011
In a press conference held hours after a deadly massacre in Arizona, Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnick targeted free speech as a likely cause of Saturdays shooting. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was having a public event when 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner reportedly approached the crowd and shot 19 people, killing Federal Judge Judge John McCarthy Roll and five others, including a young girl.
Sheriff Dupnick initially outlined a sketch of the days events, explaining that Judge Roll had attended Catholic Mass at the nearby Cathedral early Saturday morning and had stopped by the event to say hello to Rep. Giffords. Sheriff Dupnik described Judge Roll, a former Pina County prosecutor, as a “sincere fair-minded brilliant federal judge” and “one of the finest human beings I’ve ever met in my life”. Dupnik described Giffords, a three term Congresswoman, as an “incredibly gifted legislator, one of the nicest human beings ever planted on this earth.”