Should Any Latino Organization Invite the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to Its Events?

Sheriff Joe Arpaio issued a press release last week condemning a Latina organization for not allowing the Sheriff's Office to run a booth at the organization's upcoming convention.

Arpaio -- whose office engaged in the racial profiling of Latinos, according to a federal judge's ruling -- seemed to have a hard time understanding why the Hispanic Women's Corporation would rather not have the MCSO at its convention.

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Arpaio's interpretation of Hispanic outreach -- which will likely be ordered by that federal judge in Arpaio's racial-profiling case -- apparently means blasting this Hispanic organization and equating it to the National Council La Raza, and blasting La Raza, too.

"Many Latina officers had volunteered to be part of the effort, so, the rejection by the HWC hits greatly upon the Hispanic women in the Sheriff's Office," Arpaio's press release says.

Arpaio doesn't seem to understand that a continued pattern of racial profiling, such as the one proven in the Melendres civil-rights case, brings consequences.

Here's our question this morning: Should any Latino organization allow the Sheriff's Office to participate in its events?

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