The Bird Defends a Hispanic Woman Whose Wing Was Clipped by the MCSO, and Knocks Guadalupe Mayor Frankie Montiel's Idea of Din-Din with Arpaio

BAD BREAK

Why did six of Joe Arpaio's goons break the arm of a Mexican house-mom?

The answer seems to be that MCSO corrections officers are brutes empowered by a barbaric law enforcement entity that's rewarded with federal immigration power under the 287(g) program.

What The Bird has learned about the beat-down suffered by Maria del Carmen Garcia-Martinez is that there was absolutely no reason for it. Garcia-Martinez had already given fingerprints when she was booked into MCSO custody March 6 on a bogus charge of presenting a forged instrument to a Phoenix police officer. That charge was later dropped during her near-week in MCSO gulags such as Estrella and Lower Buckeye.

Garcia-Martinez did not resist jailers when they took her prints at booking. But after she had been transferred from Estrella to Buckeye, and with the forgery charges dropped, she was on the fast track into ICE custody (and likely the federal pen in Florence). MCSO officers were determined to get her fingerprint in lieu of her signature on a "certificate of service" (essentially a notice to appear in court on a certain date) — which's ironic since she was already in custody and was not about to be let out anytime soon.

Believing that she was signing off on a voluntary-removal form to send her back to Mexico, Garcia-Martinez refused to give her fingerprint, as was her right, and as any mother would do who had three children who needed her.

MCSO's finest could have simply given Garcia-Martinez the document, with witnesses noting that she would not sign or give her fingerprint. Instead, six guards jumped the 5-foot-tall 46-year-old. They stomped on her legs and twisted her left arm behind her back as they attempted to put her right index finger on the document.

She screamed in pain as they did this. On March 12, after being released from ICE custody, Garcia-Martinez showed this avian her swollen, ink-stained fingers. Her entire left arm, now in a cast after ICE took her to St. Joseph's to be treated, was also swollen — her ankle, as well. And she indicated that the side of her right leg was severely bruised.

"They put their feet on top of her and called her stupid," said Garcia-Martinez's daughter Sandra, translating for her mom.

Garcia-Martinez said she called to the one Hispanic officer out of the gang that was roughing her up, asking him, "Why are you doing this to me, when you came from Mexico also?"

After the physical abuse, the jailers put Garcia-Martinez in a cell for several hours by herself to mull over her pain, which kept her awake. Sometime after midnight, eight more MCSO officers paid her a visit.

"'If you don't put your finger on the paper, we're all going to get you,'" Garcia-Martinez said they told her. Under this threat, she relented, and gave them a fingerprint for the form, which is signed by 287(g) officer A. Reese.

The MCSO practically admitted that they broke Garcia-Martinez's arm in statements made days later to the Arizona Republic, which buried a page-one story on page B3. MCSO flack Doug Matteson admitted that Arpaio's officers unnecessarily coerced a fingerprint out of her. The best he could offer in the way of rationalization was that Garcia-Martinez "tried to bite" the officers, but only "after they placed her in a control hold."

So Garcia-Martinez didn't bite anyone. But the MCSO still broke her arm and beat her up trying to get a fingerprint it didn't really need. For her part, Garcia-Martinez denies she did anything to provoke the attack. The Hispanic hausfrau doesn't look like she could fight off one burly MCSO cop, much less six.

It was a brave fellow inmate who took notice of Garcia-Martinez's injury the morning after, when Garcia-Martinez was placed in a holding area with other women. She wished only to be identified as Rebecca. As she was being released that morning, Rebecca promised to call Garcia-Martinez's then-attorney, Ana Sanchez, and tell her about her client's broken arm, and how she was using her sweater as a sling.

Sanchez swung into action, engaging the help of other attorneys and demanding to see her client. Later that day, ICE took custody of Garcia-Martinez, who had still not seen a doctor. Likely because of Sanchez's relentless prodding, ICE photographed Garcia-Martinez's injuries and took her to St. Joseph's in an unmarked car. When the doctor asked the ICE agent escorting Garcia-Martinez what happened, the ICE guy said, according to Garcia-Martinez, "The MCSO broke her arm."

The ultimate proof of MCSO's complicity is that ICE finally released Garcia-Martinez on her own recognizance, with an April date scheduled for her to go before an immigration judge. For an agency that tries, by hook or by crook, to ship as many warm bodies to Mexico as possible, this is practically unheard of.

"ICE makes decisions about whether to detain an individual during immigration proceedings on a case-by-case basis," said spokesman Vinnie Picard, in a statement carefully vetted by Picard's bosses in D.C., "taking into account flight risk and the potential danger to the community. ICE also considers humanitarian concerns when making a custody decision."

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9 comments
John G
John G

I'm continually amazed at the ignorance liberals display when they start portraying all these illegal immigrants as victims. The immigration laws are in place to prevent criminals and undesirable people from taking up residence in our country. The United States has more than enough drug dealers, child molesters, drunks and illiterate fools. These people cannot acquire documents to enter because they have nothing to offer our country. Take a look at the west side of Phoenix, where all the drug dealing and gang related crimes occur, perpetrated by these poor "victims", and tell me that we shouldn't be doing everything in our power to get those scumbags out. Talk to one of the families of the police officers killed last year when they stopped an illegal alien for crossing a sidewalk and he opened fire, explain to the families of those fallen officers how these illegals are "victims".

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

(This comment was originally received as a letter to the editor)

In Joe�s world, it�s from that top down that everybody must act like a Nazi a-hole; if you don�t get that illegal on her way to being kicked out of the country, your job�s in jeopardy in Joe�s MCSO. Better to break her arm than lose your job.

Timothy Davis, Mesa

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

(This comment was originally received as a letter to the editor)

How horrible for this poor woman. Normally, I would be saying that these illegal aliens deserve what they get. But the cops have to play fair. They aren�t allowed for force people to give over what are supposed to be voluntary fingerprints to the point of breaking an arm.

Arpaio and his men need to be prosecuted to the full letter of the law for doing this.

But I�m kind of glad this came to light, because most of us have no idea what a goon like Joe is really doing until something so contemptible happens.

And if I didn�t live in Maricopa County, I�d think that once people see something contemptible happening over and over again for years and years, they�d have enough and throw the SOB out of office.

But, New Times, keep up the pressure. Whether he admits it or not, Joe�s on the ropes with these federal investigations.

Ric Morales, Phoenix

Coz
Coz

Of course you notice, America's Toughest Shur-iff is too chicken shit to answer any questions about the burtality of breaking her arm with the media he craves so much...

DOJ should be all over this one....

chadsnow
chadsnow

This lady isn't a flight risk anymore. Why would she leave the country when she has a big fat Maricopa County payday settlement coming up? $43,000,000 and counting......

Mike Wells
Mike Wells

Wow, I never thought I'd be calling for the return of Joe's JailCam to the internet. Way too much crap is going down that ends up being a case of he said/she said types of allegations. IF we had all the jail on the 'net, then it would be a lot jharder for the security tapes to 'disappear' or get 'accidentally erased'. I'm really, really glad I moved out of Az every time I read about Joe.

david saint
david saint

franky i have to words to describe you...UNCLE TOM..

TruthAz
TruthAz

Ha!!! To think the one time baseball prospect, Frankie(The Arpaio ass-kisser) Montiel, now has completely sold out his own?? I wonder how he could ever show his face in the proud yet defiant mostly "brown" town?

Maybe that's why he is trying to get some of his few supporters, why he prefers to "ass-kiss", on his facebook page.

What a wuss!!

TruthAz

TommyC1
TommyC1

Dinner with arpaio? Sure, just let me know for sure if it goes. I will definitely be there, since it has to be a public meeting, right?

Frankie Montiel is a complete stooge. I can't believe he hasn't yet figured out that not everyone wants to have conjugal knowledge of arpaio. Maybe he should just send out invitation cards to all the property owners in Guadalupe.

Talk about a complete dipstick...

 
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