Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007 | San Diego Minutemen can be seen pulling down migrant workers’ huts and rummaging through migrants’ possessions in a collection of video clips shot by a former member of the group.
The videos, obtained by voiceofsandiego.org from former San Diego Minutemen member Christie Czajkowski, come to light as the San Diego Police Department continues its investigation into alleged vandalism at northern San Diego migrant camps in January.
Police officials estimated that $600 worth of damage was caused in that attack, during which migrants’ possessions and clothes were slashed. The vandalism occurred several weeks after the videos were shot.
In one of the video clips, Jeff Schwilk, founder of the San Diego Minutemen chapter, kicks through the remains of a newly flattened migrant workers’ hut.
“They don’t build them like they used to,” he says, panting.
In another clip, Schwilk pulls a makeshift hut to the ground. Members of the San Diego Minutemen are shown tugging at structures and rummaging through property in San Diego migrant workers’ camps in other videos.