Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's Still Boycotting Arizona. Yay or Nay?
Michael Coleman, the mayor of Columbus, Ohio, is still boycotting Arizona because of SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law -- according to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, that is (we've got a call into to Coleman's office to verify -- stay tuned...).
Three Columbus police officers were supposed to come to Phoenix yesterday for expert "drug recognition" training with Arpaio's boys in beige. However, only one showed up -- against the wishes of Coleman -- because of Coleman's refusal to grant the officers permission to come to Arizona because of his boycott.
Arpaio's a little pissy about the snub -- read all about it here.
"How could any mayor turn down the chance for his police officers to be instructed by the very best trainers in the country, all because one individual did not support Arizona's immigration law," Arpaio says. "Personal feelings and political philosophies should never outweigh public safety."
(As we mentioned yesterday, here is where you'd insert a jab about how Arpaio's political philosophy on illegal immigration has outweighed public safety for nearly two decades).
Even if you think Arpaio's a
complete bit of a jack-ass, the training his office can offer other law enforcement officers -- in certain areas, like "drug recognition" (illegal immigration enforcement, not so much) -- could be beneficial.
However, Coleman seems to care less about getting his city's police officers the best training possible, and more about taking a stand against what many consider to be an unjust law.
We want to know what you think: do you support Coleman's decision to continue to boycott Arizona if it means his police officers aren't getting the best training possible?
Cast your vote below.
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