Activists aren't satisfied with the court-ordered community meetings run by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and its "community liaison," who participated in the MCSO's immigration sweeps.
So, members of Citizens for a Better Arizona brought folding chairs to the new MCSO headquarters in Phoenix and held what they called a "real" community meeting in the lobby.
-Joe Arpaio's "Community Liaison" and the Bigoted MCSO E-mails in Melendres
Both Sheriff Joe Arpaio and community liaison officer Hector Martinez were invited to attend the impromptu meeting, but neither showed.
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At the meeting, people discussed how the MCSO's official community meetings were ineffective and the recent settlement payouts to former County Supervisor Don Stapley and the co-founders of New Times, and they even held a vote to determine whether they should declare Arpaio "America's most racist and expensive sheriff." (The vote was unanimous in favor of Arpaio's new title, so they gave a bag of garbage to Arpaio and the MCSO as a reward.)
See, as Arpaio and the MCSO were on the losing end of the Melendres v. Arpaio civil rights case, Judge G. Murray Snow laid out a series of things the Sheriff's Office needs to do in order to right its wrongs and rebuild trust in the community for its racial-profiling practices.
Quietly holding these community meetings, run by a deputy who participated in the sweeps, and was among those on the MCSO's Human Smuggling Unit, who shared racist e-mails, the people from Citizens for a Better Arizona really don't think the Sheriff's Office is really complying with Judge Snow's order, nor is it helping rebuild trust with the community.