Disruptive Loughner was tossed out of job-help center

2011-01-12T17:42:00Z 2011-01-12T17:51:45Z Disruptive Loughner was tossed out of job-help centerBy Tim Steller, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 12, 2011 5:42 pm  • 

Jared Lee Loughner sought help getting a job several times last year at a Pima County employment center, but the last visit turned into a familiar fiasco: Loughner was ejected as he protested his constitutional rights.

Loughner’s job history is coming under increasing scrutiny as investigators try to figure out how Loughner could afford a $550 gun plus hundreds of dollars in ammunition and magazines.

On Sept. 29, Loughner made the last of at least four visits to the Pima County OneStop center at 340 North Commerce Park Loop, just west of downtown. He came in carrying a video camera and recorded the staff in the office, according to an account written by a co-director of the center and obtained through a public-records request.

“He had a video camera with him and was taking pictures in the building,” Mary Brodesky wrote to her supervisors. “Front desk staff asked him to turn off camera and he refused. When job developer went up front to greet him he was using the camera. Job developer asked him to turn it off and Mr. Loughner refused.”

When Brodesky was called out, she wrote, “I said the staff person had not given him permission to use camera and he had to stop using it. He put camera in his pocket but it was still on and recording. I asked him to turn it off. He refused.”

“He pulled a crumpled copy of the Constitution out of his pocket and waved it at me saying it was his right. I attempted to calm him down but eventually had to ask him to leave the building, which he did.”

That was just the first of two times Loughner was ejected that day due to disruptive behavior involving his interpretation of the constitution. That evening two Pima Community College police officers delivered a letter to the home Loughner shared with his parents, informing him he was being suspended from the college.

Loughner had been kicked out of classes for his disruptive behavior and had been contacted by the campus police five times in the previous seven months, but the last straw was a YouTube video he made at the college’s Northwest campus that college police officers discovered that day, a college press release said.

“In the video, he claims that the College is illegal according to the U.S. Constitution, and makes other claims,” the college release said.

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