Alleged cockfight organizer claims discrimination
February 1, 2010
The Arroyo Grande man accused of hosting cockfighting on his property claims that he is a victim of discrimination. [KSBY]
“I was born in this country, raised in this country, but it’s not equal,” Raymond Pinon Gutierrez said today. “All the neighbors here are white. I’m the Mexican with the biggest piece of land here. They didn’t give it to me. Nobody gave it to me. I worked for it.” Gutierrez believes discrimination is why he was arrested by sheriff’s deputies.
Gutierrez, 52, was booked into San Luis Obispo County jail last Sunday on charges of animal cruelty after police raided his Heidl Place property. More than 300 people were in attendance at the time and they quickly scattered. About 50 people were arrested along with Gtuierrez. More arrests are expected this week.