After Sheriff’s Deputy Louie Puroll was shot by Mexican drug smugglers in the desert of Pinal County, Arizona the story went nationwide. But then an unknown, obviously leftist element began spreading stories that accused Deputy Puroll of shooting himself to publicize S.B. 1070, the controversial Arizona illegal immigration enforcement bill. Puroll was accused of racism and worse. It was ugly. Some claimed that Puroll’s shirt had powder marks, proving a self inflicted wound.
Yesterday, after an investigation, including a forensic examination of the shirt, Deputy Puroll and Sheriff Babeau appeared on local television to answer the press. The investigation completely supported Puroll’s report that he had been shot by Mexican drug smugglers. The interview was very pithy and direct.
“What did [Puroll] think about SB-1070, after all” demanded a crazed reporter. Paraphrasing Puroll’s answer:
I don’t care about it and didn’t back then. I don’t watch television news or read newspapers. When I want to read fiction, I go to the public library for a novel.
I’m quite disappointed, but not surprised, that the interview hasn’t made the national news and YouTube, although I admit that, like Puroll I find little of value in national network TV news. So maybe I missed it.