What if the MCSO had a community meeting and nobody came?
That's what happened recently when the MCSO held what it called a "community after-action meeting" in a lame attempt to comply with Judge G. Murray Snow's orders in the ACLU civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio.
Videographer Dennis Gilman -- a better journalist than most in the Valley who get paid to play that role on and off TV -- attended the meeting held at a local library, and posted this YouTube report from the field.
In an article that accompanied the video, Gilman writes:
Deputy Chief David Trombi and Captain Pat Lopez conducted the "community after-action meeting" on November 9th, which was a cynical attempt to comply with Judge Snow's orders. Community out-reach will soon be required by MCSO as will a monitor overseeing Arpaio's operations.
Arpaio was absent because he had a parade he needed to be in, which was apparently more "exigent" than attending his own meeting. If you subtract media, Deputies, lawyers and the 8 protesters, only 3 people showed up for the meeting.
While the area of the sweep was announced as a 40 mile radius from Litchfield Park to 43rd Ave and Salt River to Camelback, legal observers witnessed no saturation activity in the mostly white and upper to middle class areas or near the murdered detention officer's home. Most stops were witnessed in the areas where minorities live and work.
Gilman's sarcastic mention of Arpaio's "exigent" circumstances references Judge Snow's requirement for a sweep until a monitor is in place.
"Exigent" is a fancy legal term that means some sort of emergency that threatens life or limb. And the MCSO has not been able to offer any "exigent" circumstances for the sweep it did on the west side in October.
The sheriff's office can't offer any because there were none.
Gilman gets Trombi in the crosshairs of his camera and asks him the difference between this sweep and all of the others the MCSO has done in the past, wherein the court has found the MCSO guilty of racial profiling.
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As you can see for yourself, Trombi can't answer the question. And when another journalist asks about the exigency of doing the October sweep, Trombi plays dodge ball.
All of which is par for the course. Trombi does attempt an insult of Gilman, but ends up looking the fool, which you would think would teach these beige-shirted nudniks who not to mess with.
But they never learn.