Hot on the heels of news that Wells Fargo wants Joe Arpaio out of his pricey executive suites in the bank's downtown Phoenix tower, human rights activist Salvador Reza is raising the stakes, asking that Attorney General Eric Holder seek receivership over the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, effectively taking control of the day-to-day operations of Arpaio's law enforcement agency and its jails.
Reza was at the county Board of Supervisors this morning, promoting the idea. He, along with immigrant rights activists Lydia Guzman and the Rev. Liana Rowe, made a presentation during public comments, requesting that the BOS ask for a DOJ takeover of the MCSO. The Board did not comment on the request, but nativist supporters in the audience expressed their anger by vigorously shaking their heads in disapproval.
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"The MCSO is a dysfunctional unit within the Maricopa County government," Reza told me afterward. "It cannot operate on its own anymore. It's frozen. There's no cooperation between the supervisors and the MCSO. There's no communications except through courts. Arpaio's going after judges, he's going after employees, he's going after supervisors, and [County Attorney] Andrew Thomas is helping him out. So basically it's not working, especially with Sheriff Joe Arpaio being under investigation by a federal grand jury. The best thing is for the feds to come and take over."