Some immigration advocates are questioning whether Canales was arrested “in retaliation” for bringing attention to the raid.
A man who shot live video Tuesday outside a North Carolina business that had just been raided by immigration officials has been charged with threatening sheriff’s deputies, The News & Observer reports. Christian Enrique Canales, 27, of Sanford was taken into custody Wednesday and released on bail. He was charged with communicating threats to law enforcement officers and driving with a revoked license, Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter said in statement on Facebook.
Now some immigration advocates are questioning whether Canales was arrested “in retaliation” for bringing attention to the raid. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 27 people Tuesday at the business on McNeill Road in Sanford. An ICE spokeswoman said 25 people face criminal charges and two face civil immigration violations. In a Facebook Live video posted around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Canales can be heard interacting with law enforcement. At one point during the roughly 8-minute video, a man can be heard using expletives to tell people they need bullet-proof vests. It’s not clear from the video who the man was addressing. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.