The leader of Tucson’s Sanctuary City Initiative, Zaira Emiliana Livier, expressed deep regret upon the passing of David Koch. “I’m getting a little tired of these criminal billionaires dying before we get the chance to publicly execute them,” wrote Livier on Facebook.
Livier posted and tweeted the comment almost immediately after Koch’s death was announced on the August 23.
I’m getting a little tired of these criminal billionaires dying before we get the chance to publicly execute them.
— Zaira Emiliana Livier (@Prolehairiat) August 23, 2019
Livier is leading the so-far-successful ballot initiative effort to make the City of Tucson an official “Sanctuary City.” Livier’s group successfully fought a challenge by the Pima County Republican Party to prevent the initiative from appearing on the City’s November ballot. A Pima County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Livier’s group in the case in which the Pima GOP alleged that the pro-sanctuary group had not gathered an adequate number of signatures to qualify for the ballot.
I’m in court sitting next to the “plaintiffs” (typical tea party enthusiasts) of the GOP lawsuit against @SanctuaryTucson and they’re so pasty they should probably be wearing sunscreen indoors. #DefendSanctuary
— Zaira Emiliana Livier (@Prolehairiat) August 12, 2019
Livier’s initiative is expected to fail in November due to the fact that progressive leaders in Tucson align with the GOP in opposition. Their lack of support has riled Livier, a vocal bigot and avowed socialist, who has been nearly as critical of Tucson’s progressive leaders as she is of the Koch brothers and “pasty” Republicans.
The legal team for the GOP used the fact that Tucson Democratic electeds and mayoral candidates are against @SanctuaryTucson as an argument of bipartisan opposition. Can you imagine being lumped into a team with racists like the Tea Party & GOP?
— Zaira Emiliana Livier (@Prolehairiat) August 13, 2019
Livier is best known for her work on the controversial Pima County Community Law Enforcement Partnership Commission. Livier, an appointee to the Commission by Supervisor Sharon Bronson, has joined other anti-law enforcement radicals on the Commission in attacking local law enforcement.
There have been numerous efforts to dismantle the Commission because it has become little more than a soap box for Livier and Isabel Garcia, a former Public Defender and head of Derechos Humanos. Those efforts have failed despite the fact that the Commission has so little support even among members that it has been unable to hold public meetings due to a lack of a quorum.
Livier first achieved widespread notoriety when she led the successful attack on a small Tucson business, whose owner made comments in support of President Donald Trump. The company, Cup It Up, went out of business in a matter of days after her call for action against it.
Livier is not a stranger to executions. Her brother Said was executed by his partner in crime after their robbery of a pharmacy in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Said was shot in the head by his partner in crime during their second robbery of the same pharmacy in two nights.
Livier set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to bring the body of her departed deported brother to the United Sates for burial. In no time at all, she raised thousands of dollars from her followers.
Livier has also tried to use Said’s death to support her baseless statement that deportations get “good people” killed. She has even gone so far as to claim that her brother’s execution, at the hands of a fellow criminal, was proof that Border Patrol and ICE agents are murderers.
Livier is not alone in Koch condemnation. Late night television host, Bill Maher celebrated Koch’s death, saying “(Expletive) him… I’m glad he’s dead.”
David and his brother Charles, referred to commonly as “the Koch brothers,” were disliked by both hard-core progressives and some conservatives for their political influence and Libertarian leanings.