Joe Arpaio Denies Wacky, Nativist "Reconquista" Conspiracy Theory in Video from Deposition
Here's a bit of Sheriff Joe under oath while being deposed in the Melendres vs. Arpaio racial profiling lawsuit, a deposition I blogged about a couple of days ago. (A transcript of Joe's depo is linked to therein.) Activist/videographer Dennis Gilman has posted a segment of the video, this part dealing with the sheriff's 2008 book Joe's Law: America's Toughest Sheriff Takes on Illegal Immigration, Drugs and Everything Else That Threatens America.
A segment of video from Arpaio's recent deposition in the federal racial profiling lawsuit, culled by Dennis Gilman.
As I wrote in June of 2008, the book is a pack of prevarications and blowhardisms promulgated by Arpaio with the aid of his co-author and longtime sycophant Len Sherman. Back then, I figured Joe's claims to have participated in the French Connection bust and his tales of being targeted by an unlikely alliance of the Minutemen and the Mexican Mafia to be bogus. But I assumed that at least the personal stuff about his Italian immigrant parents represented his actual opinions.
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