According to the Rep's E.J. Montini, if you oppose Sheriff Joe Arpaio and you lose at the polls, you should just keep your gob shut.
Wow, talk about a mouthpiece for the little old ladies in Sun City, and Arizona's reactionary, nativist contingent. Montini's certainly earned his many pizzas from Arpaio with his latest ditty, "Protesting Arpaio is misguided."
"If we get rid of Arpaio and Thomas, the next sheriff and county attorney will have to follow the same policies or get thrown out of office," squeaks Montini, whose credibility has been seriously compromised over the years by kissing up to Joe.
I include in his kiss-ups Montini's lame attempts at criticism of the sheriff's office. Montini is careful to never get too critical. That is a calculated plan of action on his part. And it keeps the pizzas coming. If you ask me, someone needs to send the guy a bucket of chicken.
But Montini's contention that protesting Arpaio's misdeeds is a dead end is just dead wrong. The protest was picked up by national and international press, which does have an impact on decision-makers in DC and elsewhere.
Actually, the persistent agitation against Arpaio's abuses has born and continues to bear fruit. In early 2009, the Department of Justice opened an investigation into alleged civil rights violations by the MCSO, in large part because politicians and activists were demanding such an investigation.
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In April of 2009, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a hearing into the 287(g) program and Arpaio's use of that program. Then Mesa police chief George Gascon testified, as did a victim of racial profiling -- Julio Mora -- an American citizen handcuffed during a raid on a Phoenix landscaping company because of the color of his skin.