Fed Up

The Justice Department investigates the county sheriff's officeagain

One thing Snow is looking for is a German television documentary of Arpaio. The film, which includes an interview with Richard Post, a paraplegic whose neck was broken when officers stuffed him into a restraint chair, also shows Arpaio shouting at inmates, telling them that he likes depriving them of basic necessities. "I'm the one who calls the shots in here," the sheriff barks. Gallegos says the FBI wants the tape because of remarks like those by Arpaio.

"It's kind of nice to know if someone in law enforcement, in particular the head of an agency, is making comments that would seem to be sanctioning civil rights violations," Gallegos says.

Contact Tony Ortega at his online address: tortega@newtimes.com

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