Due to the efforts of local activists lead by Phoenix litigation support investigator Jameson Johnson, St. Mary's Food Bank has suspended the use of off-duty sheriff's deputies to help direct traffic at two of the charity's facilities.
St. Mary's spokeswoman Beverly Damore confirmed that the organization's President and CEO Terry Shannon had made the decision to discontinue the use of off-duty MCSO on December 24. The decision came after Johnson contacted Shannon and expressed his concern that the presence MCSO patrol cars and deputies might intimidate those seeking help from St. Mary's.
Damore stated there was "no malicious intent" on the part of St. Mary's in contracting with off-duty MCSO personnel. She could not say how many deputies were used, but said this was the first year St. Mary's had contracted with any law enforcement agency for assistance in directing traffic during the holidays.
"It was to help us because of the increase in the volume of traffic we were experiencing," she explained. "We used them for the three days before Thanksgiving, and what would have amounted to about two and a-half days or so just before [Shannon] made the decision to discontinue their use."
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
Carlos Galindo's YouTube video of the MCSO at St. Mary's Food Bank. St. Mary's is no longer using the deputies.