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    Joe Arpaio s Next Headache: Sal Reza Pushes Eric Holder to Take Over MCSO By Stephen Lemons Feathered Bastard February 10, 2010 Hot on the heels of news that
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      Joe Arpaio's Next Headache: Sal Reza Pushes Eric Holder to Take Over MCSO

      By Stephen Lemons
      Feathered Bastard
      February 10, 2010

      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.

      "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."

      This latest campaign by Reza, a tenacious Joe-foe who has led massive
      marches against Arpaio in Phoenix and spearheaded the drive to force Arpaio
      from Wells Fargo with daily protests, actually began on January 31 at the
      National Latino Congreso in El Paso, Texas. There, at a congress of Hispanic
      leaders, politicians, activists and union leaders from across the country,
      Reza introduced a resolution urging Attorney General Holder to take over the
      MCSO. It passed unanimously.

      The resolution, which you can read in its entirety, here, recommends that
      Holder, "exercise receivership of Maricopa County Sheriff Office functions
      until Maricopa County Jails and Enforcement comply with the constitutional
      rule of law." It also demands that "Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio be prevented by
      the U.S. Attorney General Office from exercising any law enforcement
      authority until Grand Jury and Justice Department investigations are
      resolved."

      Before you scoff, keep in mind that the DOJ is still investigating the MCSO
      for civil rights violations, and that should that investigation end in the
      DOJ suing the MCSO, a court-appointed receivership -- such as has been
      previously forced upon the D.C. jails and the California prison system --
      could be one possible outcome, even if it seems improbable.

      "That's what they said about Arpaio getting kicked out of Wells Fargo,"
      chuckled Reza. "In fact some reporters, even at the New Times, compared me
      to Don Quixote [when the Wells Fargo campaign started]. This is only the
      beginning."

      Lesson learned, Senor Reza. No more Don Quixote for you. From now on, it's
      all Pancho Villa, baby.


      http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bastard/2010/02/joe_arpaios_next_headache_sal.php

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