Ohio Mayor Still Boycotting Arizona Over SB1070 -- and Joe Arpaio's Pissed

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Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael Coleman is still boycotting Arizona.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's pink panties are in a bit of a wad after an Ohio mayor refused to grant police officers in his city the permission to come to Arizona and train with the MCSO's Drug Recognition Unit, which Arpaio says is one of the best drug recognition training programs in the world.

Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael Coleman joined a nation-wide boycott of all things Arizona in July of last year, following the implementation of SB 1070, Arizona's controversial illegal immigration law.

Today, three officers from the Columbus Police Department were supposed to come to Arizona to train with Arpaio's boys in beige. Thanks to Coleman's boycott, only one showed up.

"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," the sheriff says. "Personal feelings and political philosophies should never outweigh public safety."

(Insert jab here about how Arpaio's political philosophy on illegal immigration has outweighed public safety for nearly two decades).

According to Arpaio, of the three Columbus police officers who were supposed to train with his Drug Recognition Unit today, one opted to get similar training in California, and another adhered to Coleman's directive to steer clear of the Grand Canyon State. A third officer used personal vacation time so he could receive the training from the MCSO.

Alberto Gutier, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is as perturbed as America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff."

"Maricopa County Sheriff's Office drug recognition training is the premiere program of its kind in the country," Gutier says. "Any other mayor would be thrilled to send police officers to receive the kind of training they provide."

Arpaio's Drug Recognition Unit trains officers in how to identify what drugs a motorist might be under the influence of during a traffic stop, MCSO Officer Chris Hegstrom explains to New Times.

"When a deputy pulls over a car with a suspect for driving under the influence, the deputy will run a roadside sobriety test," Hegstrom says. "If it appears the suspect is under the influence but no alcohol indicators are present -- i.e. smell, bottles in the car -- the deputy will contact a [Drug Recognition Unit] to run tests for other inhibitors consumed by the suspect."

The program is run by MCSO Sergeant Paul White and, according the MCSO, is "nationally acclaimed" -- the program has trained law enforcement officers from as far away as England, Germany, and Australia, as well as officers from 37 states.

Arpaio says he's considering inviting Mayor Coleman to come to Phoenix and visit his immigration yard at Tent City, and to go on a ride-along with MCSO deputies during an "employer sanctions operation" (a.k.a illegal immigrant roundup -- the MCSO's yet to arrest a single employer during any of its "employer sanctions operations").

Calls to Coleman's office to see if he'd be interested in taking Arpaio up on such an offer were not immediately returned this afternoon.

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9 comments
Kingten98
Kingten98

Too bad the Mayor can't stay in the Maricopa Co lockup.

Jason
Jason

I'm surprised that the Old Asshole hasn't launched an investigation into Mayor Coleman...

Jose12
Jose12

That guy could be twins with Obama. Yikes what a faggotty looking queer.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

So what you fear most is homosexuality, followed by people of color? You probably fantasize about going "Down Low"

Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

SB1070 = human beings for $$'s. Thank Pearce/Coughlin/CCA/HIghGround/ALECFirst Strategic/brewer and the power behind them -- the mass industrial prison complex of Arizona and America!

restitutiontouscitizensfirst
restitutiontouscitizensfirst

Huh?  There's plenty of citizens being groomed for the prison labor system  - the PTB don't care what national origin so why would you deny that citizens are also targeted?

Sesimo84
Sesimo84

I'm actually from Ohio. This mayor is well know to be a complete idiot. Everybody just laughs at his idiot ass.

Phonse65
Phonse65

Hell the two might actually get along

savatage
savatage

"Everybody just laughs at his idiot ass." We do the same with Sherrif Joke...

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