Saturday, March 21, 2009
Americans outraged at abusive AZ Sheriff Arpaio
TUCSON -- To the thousands of people across the nation and world concerned about human rights who are emailing me and other Arizona lawmakers, I say 'thanks' for your efforts. My family and I share your outrage and have opposed abusive Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R-Maricopa County AZ) for many years.
I hail from Tucson and Pima County, in southern Arizona and actually on the border, where we have voted for a more fair and respected Sheriff who has not used Arpaio-type tactics against immigrants or others.
I will continue to resist Arpaio, but the primary responsibility to 'do something' about him lies with the people of Maricopa County (Phoenix-Mesa-Tempe-Glendale), who should vote him out in the next election, if he is not removed from office first for human rights or other violations.
The feds, including Obama's Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, should cut off Arpaio from immigration enforcement agreements, due to his proven abuses. The feds should also fully investigate the rogue Sheriff and deal with findings in an appropriate strong manner.
The Phoenix New Times has important coverage on Arpaio on-going.