Feathered Bastard

MCSO Sergeant Implicates Arpaio in Willful Defiance of Federal Judge

MCSO Sergeant Brett Palmer sang like Pavarotti on the stand Tuesday afternoon during his boss Sheriff Joe Arpaio's civil contempt trial, laying the blame for the MCSO's defiance of a federal court's orders directly at his jefe's feet.

Dressed in civilian attire, Palmer, who once helped manage the MCSO's now-defunct Human Smuggling Unit, explained that when federal Judge G. Murray Snow issued an order December 2011, enjoining the MCSO from enforcing civil federal immigration law, he thought all deputies at MCSO should receive training regarding it.

Palmer described the 2011 order as a "180-degree" turn from the HSU's policy of detaining Latinos based on suspicion they were in the country illegally.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons