Joe Arpaio Victims Celia Alvarez, of Busted Jaw Fame, and Armando Nido File Suit
Celia Alvarez, after being arrested by the MCSO during the infamous HMI worksite raid.
Courthouse News Service was the first to catch notice of two lawsuits just filed in federal and state court, respectively, by a Hispanic mom whose jaw was busted during an MCSO immigration raid, and a man allegedly run over by an MCSO deputy.
The first case is one you're familiar with if you follow this blog, and deals with Celia Alejandra Alvarez Herrera, (aka, Celia Alvarez) who says her jaw was messed up when she was slammed against the wall of a trailer she was hiding in during an infamous MCSO raid against the Phoenix landscaping firm Handyman Maintenance Inc.
HMI did work for the county, and many of its employees, including Alvarez, helped clean up and maintain the grounds around Arpaio's jails. Alvarez, who was then in the country illegally, used the alias Francisca Perez Mendoza to obtain work at HMI. I visited her in jail several weeks after the February 11 raid, and she still had not obtained proper medical care for her jaw. Her arm was also badly bruised after she was hit by a deputy with a clip-board. I could still see some of the bruising when I visited her in Estrella Jail.
Alvarez said she was given Preparation H to put on her arm to reduce the swelling. For her jaw, she was prescribed Ibuprofen, which she had to purchase from the jail commissary.
Once she was released as part of a deal involving the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and ICE, she finally saw a specialist who treated her for torn cartilage in her jaw. The doctor told me her injury was consistent with the story she was telling of her abuse. To this day, Alvarez suffers from pain in her jaw, and is being treated for anxiety because of the attack.
Her lawsuit is not the only one to emanate from the HMI raid, where MCSO deputies descended on the business in ski-masks. Another involves the father-son pair Julian and Julio Mora. The elder Julian is a legal permanent resident. Julio, his son, is an American citizen.
Despite their status, they were arrested, cuffed, and held for three hours until finally released. During that time they were verbally abused and humiliated. The ACLU picked up their cause, and is suing Sheriff Joe on their behalf.
Celia Alvarez is represented by lawyer Patrick Hall of the Gilbert firm Wallin Harrison.
Get the Weekly Newsletter
Our weekly feature stories, movie reviews, calendar picks and more - minus the newsprint and sent directly to your inbox.