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Community Activist Arrested in Front of Mamaroneck Home

Luis Quiros, a community activist, was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on Valentine's Day.

 

A local community activist and former Westchester Community Opportunity Program (WESTCOP) board of directors' chair Luis Quiros, 67, was arrested outside his Rockland Avenue home by Village of Mamaroneck (VOM) police on Thursday, Feb. 14, for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. 

According to VOM Police spokesperson Sandra DiRuzza, officers responded to a report of a suspicious person in the area around 2 p.m. Police reports indicate that Quiros was charged with disorderly conduct after he screamed and cursed while standing in the road, causing a public annoyance and gathering of bystanders. The reports also indicate that Quiros was charged with resisting arrest after he pulled away from police despite being told several times that he was arrested; clenching his fist and swinging at an officer.  

Quiros told Patch he was relaxing in his car in front of his home when a police car pulled up behind him.

"The one-manned police car stayed behind me as he seemed to be calling headquarters  and using his front seat computer about my license number," he said.

Several minutes later, he said an officer approached his car to inquire why he was there, telling him he "looked suspicious." The officer then asked, "Why are you near a school?”  

"I said that 'looking suspicious is not against the law',” Quiros replied.

Later, after police asked Quiros to turn off his radio as well as where he lived, he was told to exit the vehicle, at which point officers held out handcuffs.  

"The other officer who had arrived second or third at the scene and was blocking the front of my car, then tried to force me and I refused, asking them to tell me why I was being arrested, what was so suspicious," he said, continuing, "There was no need to call in back up of two other patrol cars when he could have simply asked if I was okay or if I needed anything. I am not within view of the school unless I drive up to it. There is no justification other than race for the 'suspicious' comment and certainly no justification for calling in another officer before anything had 'happened' in our interaction."

Guisela Marroquin, director of the Community Action Program (CAP) Center in Mamaroneck, witnessed what happened next. Several neighbors were standing on the street.

"One cop grabbed one wrist, one cop grabbed the other wrist..they pushed his head down on my car and handcuffed him," she said. 

Marroquin said she informed officers that Quiros did, in fact, live in the home he was parked in front of. 

Both Quiros' nose and lip were bloodied afterwards.  Later, while officers were frisking him, Quiros said that he felt one of officers touch his genitals.  After questioning the officers about it, they replied, "No," and "You wish."  Quiros replied, "Bulls***," the only time he cursed, he said, despite the charge that indicated he said "This is bulls***," several times.

Quiros was held for several hours before being seen by a Village of Mamaroneck judge.  He was released on $200 bail and will appear in village court on Feb. 28.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated that Luis Quiros would appear in court on Feb. 21; it is actually Feb. 28.

concerned citizen February 24, 2013 at 03:19 AM
The police were responding to a call of a suspicious person. Instead of acting like a ACTIVIST he could of easily stated who he was and everyone could of been on their way. There is a school right around the corner so if he was Spanish white black Asian questioning him is ok in my book especially with the world today. Besides I'm pretty sure police cars have cameras the truth will be relieved. The ACTIVIST probably made the call himself. Kudos to all law enforcement
Please! February 25, 2013 at 03:06 PM
What a coincidence that "looking suspicious" is usually directed at minorities. This is a typical case of racial profiling and law enforcement is "trained" to arrest and incarcerate minorities for the same crimes as whites at 25 times the rate. So all of a sudden sitting in a car is offensive to white nosy neighbors staring through their windows. NEXT.
Daniel S February 25, 2013 at 04:18 PM
The fact that the first officer on the scene "ran his plate" should have ended the issue before it began. The plate registration would have come back as the residence he was parked in front of, therefore, the officer would have reported back to HQ that it was in fact the owner of the residence parked in front of it. The fact that INSTEAD backup was called in and the nman quizzed as to "WHY he was parked there(in front of his own house), makes it obvious that the officer was either looking to start something, or a complete idiot.
BG7 February 25, 2013 at 04:34 PM
" clenching his fist and swinging at an officer. " Yes ease up on this guy. As the poster "Please" pointed out he is a morally-privileged minority, and therefore he's allowed to get away with such reasonable behavior. NEXT.
Mary Too February 25, 2013 at 05:31 PM
ABSOLUTE RUBBISH!
Please! February 25, 2013 at 05:40 PM
As the "morally-privileged majority" consistently are entitled to slaps on wrists for the same crimes that others get incarcerated for, then why should the "morally-privileged minority" be any different? Are you implying it's ok to racial profile?
Please! February 25, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Mary Too, you are obviously in denial. We live in a police state just in case you don't know. Wake up!
BG7 February 25, 2013 at 06:07 PM
What morally-privileged majority - ha. Do you mean the priviliged, but morally-guilty, majority? Mr. Quiros' permanently aggrieved countenance permits him (because of enablers) to throw tantrums all over. Its his MO. From school meetings to interactions with law enforcement. If you could put the PC glasses aside for a second you might see that Mr. Quiros' really admirable and very helpful work on behalf of a disenfranchised and disempowered is distinct from his self-justifying narcissistic drama. We all know this could have been dealt with easily if he'd just acted like a reasonable person. He can't pass up the opportunity to explode though - because every paleface is an age-old enemy trying to oppress him, just like you think. The rage in the man may be the force that morivates him to do the good work that he does, but it has a downside. And the susceptible can't seem to distinguish the two. Its the old binary probelm, good/bad, repub/dem, etc etc. Easier to just be for or against, too much work to examine and be honest.
BG7 February 25, 2013 at 06:10 PM
"We live in a police state just in case you don't know" With statements like that you make yourself look silly and parochial to people here who were born in, or have lived through, a police state. This is NY, many, many of us are immigrants who have lived in multiple countries. Mamaroneck a police state! I see this conversation is worthless.
Please! February 25, 2013 at 08:00 PM
You obviously cannot identify with being a minority on the receiving end of a racist cop, so how can you judge what you don't know? It's obvious that as a "community activist", the approach by law enforcement could've been handled better, but again, they have a procedure "built in" place to handle it when the culprit is a minority. This is why the NYCLU has come up with the "Stop and Frisk" app that enables you to film and record every time a cop "handles" a minority differently than a white person. Why else would they have come up with this app???
Mary Too February 25, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Please! As I stated earlier, this has nothing to do with race or harassment. All that Mr. Quiros had to say when questioned by the police was that he lived there, end of story. He chose to create a commotion, during which he allegedly took a swing at a cop, and that was the end of the story for him. The police made the right decision. Under the same circumstances, if the cop asked ME what I was doing there, I would have no problem telling him that I lived there. Quiros is a first class publicity seeker. Sorry if I woke you, you can go back to sleep now.
Please! February 25, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Mary Too, you're becoming Mary Too boring at this point. Your attention-seeking skills are getting rusty. Why don't you go back to sleep and stay that way.
L Cee February 25, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Have we all missed the point here? Please!, obviously you do not want to see or understand what is going on in this country! You can enter this country illegally, stand on the corner all day long looking for work, get paid off the books, NOT PAY TAXES to pay for your own children, get free healthcare, section 8 for housing, food stamps, free breakfast and lunch for your children, and pretty soon Bloomberg wants to pay parents for their children getting good grades! THE ONLY ONES BEING RACIST TO MINORITIES ARE THEMSELVES!!!!! OPEN YOUR EYES AND GET REAL!!! This country provides every opportunity to work hard, get an education, and make something of your life. If Mr. Quiros was not looking for a lawsuit or to start a confrontation, then he should have just stated who he was and where he lives. I can guarantee that if would have been the end of it. But noooooo, of course he had to make ridiculous remarks and attempt to strike an officer, all while cursing!! Believe me, that would not be tolerated anywhere else, only in good old America. Watch when the next lawsuit pops up. Unreal!
Mary Too February 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM
I'm busy right now. Can I ignore you some other time?
Please! February 26, 2013 at 04:16 PM
L Cee, are you blind? Or are you just plain ignorant? The only reason illegals are here feeding off the fat of the land is because your kind is too lazy and arrogant to do the jobs they already do for you. God forbid if restaurants or the rich in Greenwich couldn't get a hold of an illegal. The restaurant industry would implode and the rich would be screaming foul because no one is there to take care of their sorry rich white orifices. You need to take it up with the companies that hire them over your lazy *ss and not with the illegals. Whites have consistently shown racist tendencies throughout centuries with the king of them all being Hitler. Just accept that it's in your blood. Your kind is born with it. There's nothing you can do now at this point, except cry like a baby. And BTW, there is more white trash on Section 8 housing than blacks and hispanics. Just read the numbers if you know how.
Mary Too February 26, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Please!, I suggest that you read: http://projectusa.org/arguments/04-immigrants_do_jobs_americans_wont.php
L Cee February 26, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I am neither blind nor ignorant. I do not know what you mean by "my kind", however I can tell you this: I have worked EVERY SINGLE DAY since the turned 13 years of age. My father, at age 17, came to this country with his younger brother as ORPHANS; since you are speaking of restaurants, my father and uncle actually did work in a restaurant as soon as they came to this country, and slept in their stockroom for six months, as they had nowhere to live. They learned the English language, some years later opened their own businesses, and NEVER ONCE DID THEY HAVE ANY KIND OF HANDOUT THAT PEOPLE EXPECT AND DEMAND NOWADAYS, while they are in line at the welfare office in their UGGS and playing on their IPhones. Get real, Please! My mother came to this country at age 7, lived in the Bronx, and was beat up every day by black kids because she was white. Please don't tell me about racism. If the "illegals" do not like the work that they are doing, please let them know that I am sure the US government would be more than happy to provide them with a free one way ticket back to wherever they came from. But then how are they going to be able to send the tax free money they make here back home?
L Cee February 26, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I also would like to express to you that the way you are speaking of "white people" is exactly why people expect handouts and are just plain lazy. NO ONE HOLDS THEMSELVES BACK EXCEPT THEMSELVES!!!!!!!! Also, mentioning Hitler in this forum is totally out of context. It would be nice if you could refrain from personally attacking me and others on this forum. We all have a right to our opinion, but let's try and keep it classy, ok?
Stefani Kim February 26, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Hi, I just want to remind everyone to refrain from personal attacks and/or comments maligning someone's race, gender or sexuality, as per Patch's terms of service. Thanks, Stefani Kim
Please! February 26, 2013 at 05:57 PM
This applies to both caucasians and minorities.
Please! February 26, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Free speech is celebrated in this country and your attacks against minorities and illegals is not welcome either. Don't want to be attacked? Don't do the attacking then.
L Cee February 26, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Really Please!? Your whole diatribe was based on a white persons racist genes and background.
Please! February 26, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Again, take it up with the companies that hire illegals not the illegals themselves. DUHH!!! Such companies hire these workers because they don't complain and work hard, unlike others.
ashamed citizen February 26, 2013 at 09:14 PM
As a college student I recently took a midterm in my sociology lecture class, and one of the topics was Anti-intellectualism in America. While reviewing this topic I was extremely surprised at the beliefs held by many Americans and how many Americans are anti-intellectual. For the sake of the test I disregard my own beliefs, thinking we were an extremely educated nation, and solely memorized the material.Back on topic now, after reading these comments I am no longer surprised as clearly half of you are idiots. Mr. Quiros' plates were ran, and his information must have been brought up. No prior arrest record was brought up, and clearly the fact that he was parked in front of his house should have dismissed all suspicion. Yes, the police officer was just responding to the call, doing his job. But after running his plates his job should have ended there. Instead, he, the officer, decided to be confrontational to Mr. Q first telling him that he was suspicious and to get out of the car. As any normal person would do Mr. Q responded to the police officers emotions with the same emotion.There was no reason for Mr. Q to have to explain himself as he was doing nothing wrong. And for no reason was asked to step out of the car. Disregarding the blasphemy that he tried to swing at a police officer, obviously any normal person would not let himself get handcuffed for no reason.
Mary Too February 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Am I missing something here? Where was it said that "No prior arrest record was brought up"? Where was it said that "Mr. Quiros' plates were ran (sic)"? What is your source for this information?
L Cee February 26, 2013 at 11:56 PM
"The one-manned police car stayed behind me as he seemed to be calling headquarters and using his front seat computer about my license number," he said. This is straight out of Mr. Quiros's mouth. How was he able to observe what the officer was doing inside the patrol car? As I am sure many of you are aware, a lot of people register their vehicles outside of the state, and even in different counties within the state (e.g. at a friends or relatives address), for lower insurance rates. (No wonder so many of my lovely neighbors have cars registered in Connecticut!) So let us say the car that Mr. Quiros was "relaxing in" was registered to a different address? How would the officer know who was sitting in the car or why the car was there? Is this not a possibility? So glad Ms. Marroquin, director of the Community Action Program (CAP) Center in Mamaroneck, happened to be there to "witness" the whole incident. Sounds like ashamed citizen is from Mr. Quiros's camp!
ashamed citizen February 27, 2013 at 01:02 AM
And it sounds like L Cee is from the officers who made the arrests camp!! Your completely missing my point, I've taken the fact of plates being run from other comments, apologies if i was mistaken. With reading all the articles i just fail to see where Mr. Q went wrong, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was resisting arrest because there was no real reason he was being arrested, besides being suspicious, and from what i take the disorderly conduct was him being parked in front of his house. If anyone could tell me where Mr.Q legally went wrong it'd like to know. I agree, the whole situation could have been avoided, but i fail to see how the arrest was warranted.
Mary Too February 27, 2013 at 03:39 AM
It is alleged that Quiros took a swing at the officer. If that's the case, it's grounds for being arrested. The charge.................attempted assault of a police officer. Additionally it's alleged that he was yelling and cursing, which is disturbing the peace. It has also been opined that perhaps it was he who called the police to report a suspicious person. I don't believe that this is true, but if it is, he would also be facing charges of filing a false police report.
L Cee February 27, 2013 at 03:49 AM
From the article: According to VOM Police spokesperson Sandra DiRuzza, officers responded to a report of a suspicious person in the area around 2 p.m. Police reports indicate that Quiros was charged with disorderly conduct after he screamed and cursed while standing in the road, causing a public annoyance and gathering of bystanders. The reports also indicate that Quiros was charged with resisting arrest after he pulled away from police despite being told several times that he was arrested; clenching his fist and swinging at an officer. Both Quiros' nose and lip were bloodied afterwards. Later, while officers were frisking him, Quiros said that he felt one of officers touch his genitals. After questioning the officers about it, they replied, "No," and "You wish." Quiros replied, "Bulls***," the only time he cursed, he said, despite the charge that indicated he said "This is bulls***," several times. And then accusing the officer of fondling his genitals! He must have a new book coming out soon.....................
Mary Too February 27, 2013 at 02:47 PM
It is not a FACT that the cop ran the license plate. It is only hearsay. The cop was dispatched to investigate a suspicious person near a school. Considering recent events involving suspicious people at schools, his/her primary task was to determine whether or not this was a horrific event waiting to happen. The cop simply asked Quiros what he was doing there, which begged for a simple response of, "I live here!". Instead, Quiros proceeded to take actions which resulted in him being arrested. Plain and simple!

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