Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's Still Boycotting Arizona. Yay or Nay?

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Joe Arpaio is NOT one of them.
Michael Coleman, the mayor of Columbus, Ohio, is still boycotting Arizona because of SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law -- according to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, that is (we've got a call into to Coleman's office to verify -- stay tuned...).

Three Columbus police officers were supposed to come to Phoenix yesterday for expert "drug recognition" training with Arpaio's boys in beige. However, only one showed up -- against the wishes of Coleman -- because of Coleman's refusal to grant the officers permission to come to Arizona because of his boycott.

Arpaio's a little pissy about the snub -- read all about it here.

"How could any mayor turn down the chance for his police officers to be instructed by the very best trainers in the country, all because one individual did not support Arizona's immigration law," Arpaio says. "Personal feelings and political philosophies should never outweigh public safety."

(As we mentioned yesterday, here is where you'd insert a jab about how Arpaio's political philosophy on illegal immigration has outweighed public safety for nearly two decades).

Even if you think Arpaio's a complete bit of a jack-ass, the training his office can offer other law enforcement officers -- in certain areas, like "drug recognition" (illegal immigration enforcement, not so much) -- could be beneficial.

However, Coleman seems to care less about getting his city's police officers the best training possible, and more about taking a stand against what many consider to be an unjust law.

We want to know what you think: do you support Coleman's decision to continue to boycott Arizona if it means his police officers aren't getting the best training possible?

Cast your vote below.





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7 comments
ElliotM
ElliotM

I'm actually from that town. This mayor is well known to be semi-retarded. Ignore.

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

"Drug recognition training" is inherently political. To solicit out of state police officers for this sort of training advances the goals of the prohibitionists. As broke as state governments are these days it makes no sense to piss money away with this sort of thing.

bigriggs
bigriggs

There was never a valid reason for a boycott in the first place.

Freedomfighter
Freedomfighter

Lol just because Arpaio claims the training "would be some of the best in the country", does that mean it really is? They probably could get better training on drug recognition from a bunch of junior high kids during lunch hour.

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

Let's keep politics out of police work - it already too dangerous for them to be politicized so easily - we must appreciated the fact that we have a right to disagree but also a responsibility to recognize personal responsibility in the matter.

sloppyburger
sloppyburger

and I suppose Arpaio is your hero           right  ????

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Seedy, I'm sure the illegal drugs they're training LEOs to recognize are those little blue pills that our Seniors from Sun City are bringing across the Mexican border by the busloads every day.   Viagra anyone?

Seriously, you make a good point.  The pursuit of happiness is the primary goal of our Constitution and these rat bastards are trying to keep people from pursuing their own happiness in their own way - whether it's dangerous to the individual or not should be none of anyone else's business!

Happiness - the pursuit of - purpose of our country.  Let's see would would Arpaio do?  Stop people from pursuing their own happiness and call it patriotic. What a Sham!

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