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As I mentioned in my last diary on September 25, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in Phoenix, Arizona, held a closed-door meeting in violation of Arizona's Open Meeting Law to illegally give the town of Guadalupe, Arizona six months to look for another police agency in violation of the contract that states the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department must provide police services at least until 2010.

This meeting was held after they kicked out a large chunk of the audience who was there to voice concerns about Sheriff Arpaio taking punitive measures against Guadalupe and the Board refused to even include public input in their agenda, again a violation of Arizona's Open Meeting Law.  The Supervisors acted in a cowardly fashion fearing retaliation from their Sheriff if they didn't vote his way.

This all started several months ago when the Sheriff conducted another of his illegal immigrant sweeps by stopping Hispanic-looking motorists for minor traffic violations and asking them about their immigration status.  Guadalupe was one of the cities and towns in Maricopa County that he has been conducting these race-based sweeps.  The Mayor of Guadalupe confronted the Sheriff over this and he just told her that if she has a problem with him "doing his job", she should terminate the contract the Town has with the Sheriff's Department.

For those of you keeping up with Arizona politics, the Sheriff is up for reelection this year.  There is a televised debate scheduled for Tuesday night, October 14.  Only the Democratic and a third-party candidate will participate.  The Sheriff, too cowardly to face his opponent, has declined as he has done all throughout the campaign.

It also doesn't help that "America's Most Wanted" host/vigilante John Walsh has cut commercials endorsing Sheriff Arpaio, even though he doesn't live here.

Originally posted to azzonie on Mon Oct 13, 2008 at 07:44 PM PDT.

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