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Joe Arpaio's "Community Liaison" Deputy Hector Martinez Finds Anti-Latino E-mails "Funny"

U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow's recent order spanking Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his chief deputy, Jerry Sheridan, mainly dealt with Sheridan and Arpaio's contempt for Snow's ruling in the ACLU's big civil rights lawsuit, Melendres v. Arpaio.

Snow has ordered that both Sheridan and Arpaio be present Monday, March 24, for a hearing on the pair's statements to MCSO deputies before an October 18 sweep of the West Valley, during which Sheridan called Snow's ruling "crap."

But one other issue on the agenda for the hearing is Arpaio's choice of a Community Liaison Officer, a position Judge Snow's October injunction required the MCSO to create.

To fill this position, the MCSO, in its infinite wisdom, chose Detective Hector Martinez, a veteran of the agency's Human Smuggling Unit and Criminal Employment Squad, to be the MCSO's point of contact for the Latino community.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons