What a difference a couple of days make. Less than 72 hours ago, members of the pro-immigrant community in Phoenix were kvetching to me about the lack of follow-through on the part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. As I reported in my column this week, activists were complaining that they hadn't heard from DOJ investigators Earl Saunders, Sarah Lopez and Je Yon Jung since they were sweated by MCSO deputy chief Paul Chagolla after crashing a Sheriff Joe press conference in Surprise.
Now several sources have informed me that a DOJ team is in Phoenix this week, staying at a certain downtown hotel. According to one source, the DOJ team has met with victims of Arpaio's civil rights abuses at a local Catholic church.
I've left messages for the DOJ investigators inquiring about their stay, but they have yet to return my calls. The activists tell me that the DOJ-ers have repeatedly warned them about speaking with the press, so I won't be waiting with bated breath for the cell phone to ring. Notoriously media-shy, the DOJ-ers even eschewed making a statement following the Surprise incident, where they innocently attended an MCSO presser, no doubt believing that such events were public here in Maricopa County, as they are in most parts of the civilized world.
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