ASU Police Recommend Charges for Kyrsten Sinema’s Bathroom Harassers - But Not for Filming

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On October 3rd, deranged liberals who purport to be “immigrant youths” including one male “activist” actually followed Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema into the women’s restroom at Arizona State University and proceeded to film her walking into a bathroom stall. In a disturbing move, they kept filming her with only the stall door separating them, and then as she exited to wash her hands and then left the restroom.

At the time, as seen in the video there were also other women using the facilities as the group calling themselves Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) continued filming. For anyone who missed the video clip, watch below:

In an update to this story, the Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that the ASU PD are recommending misdemeanor charges for four of the activists involved in the protest:

The Arizona State University Police Department is asking the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to charge four people with misdemeanors after they recorded themselves protesting against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, interrupting a class she was teaching and continuing to follow and record Sinema in the bathroom on campus.

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All four people are suspected of disorderly conduct and disruption of an educational institution, which are both misdemeanors, ASU police spokesperson Adam Wolfe told The Arizona Republic. Neither charge is related to the law that bans recording someone in a bathroom.

The names of the four LUCHA members were not released.

These recommended police charges, in my opinion, don’t go far enough. You’d think considering we have video evidence from the accused themselves of them filming Sinema while she was in the restroom would be evidence enough to charge them with something related to, I dunno, filming a person in the restroom and in the process violating their privacy? My RedState colleague Nick Arama speculated earlier this month on the possibility that they broke Arizona law in doing so, pointing to the law in question:

3-3019. Surreptitious photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recording or viewing; exemptions; classification; definitions

A. It is unlawful for any person to knowingly photograph, videotape, film, digitally record or by any other means secretly view, with or without a device, another person without that person’s consent under either of the following circumstances:

1. In a restroom, bathroom, locker room, bedroom or other location where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy and the person is urinating, defecating, dressing, undressing, nude or involved in sexual intercourse or sexual contact.

2. In a manner that directly or indirectly captures or allows the viewing of the person’s genitalia, buttock or female breast, whether clothed or unclothed, that is not otherwise visible to the public.

B. It is unlawful to disclose, display, distribute or publish a photograph, videotape, film or digital recording made in violation of subsection A of this section without the consent or knowledge of the person depicted.

It seems pretty clear to me that the activists were in violation of this provision, but apparently, the ASU police didn’t see it that way. Same goes for possible trespassing charge recommendations, which also didn’t happen.

Having said all that, keep in mind that these are just the recommendations of the police. The prosecutor’s office could end up deciding to go further once they’ve had a chance to fully review the case.

The incident sparked outrage on the right, especially after President Joe Biden weighed in and proceeded to act like it was no big deal that a woman was filmed in the restroom without her consent.

“I don’t think they’re appropriate tactics, but it happens to everybody,” Biden stated at the time before laughing. “The only people it doesn’t happen [to] are people who have Secret Service standing around. It’s part of the process.”

So-called “feminists” and others on the left, including Democratic men who would erupt in outrage if anything like this happened to a female loved one or a female boss/colleague showed their true colors as well, with some taking a blame-the-victim approach and others suggesting it was imperative upon Sinema’s constituents to “bully” her in the restroom if they felt the circumstances warranted it.

Sinema appears to be having the last laugh on her bathroom stalkers, though, and continues to resist the pressure to support the reconciliation bill they were demanding she sign on to, a bill that remains stalled in Congress.

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