Joe Arpaio's "Community Liaison" Deputy Hector Martinez Finds Anti-Latino E-mails "Funny"

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U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow's recent order spanking Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his chief deputy, Jerry Sheridan, mainly dealt with Sheridan and Arpaio's contempt for Snow's ruling in the ACLU's big civil rights lawsuit, Melendres v. Arpaio.

Snow has ordered that both Sheridan and Arpaio be present Monday, March 24, for a hearing on the pair's statements to MCSO deputies before an October 18 sweep of the West Valley, during which Sheridan called Snow's ruling "crap."

But one other issue on the agenda for the hearing is Arpaio's choice of a Community Liaison Officer, a position Judge Snow's October injunction required the MCSO to create.

To fill this position, the MCSO, in its infinite wisdom, chose Detective Hector Martinez, a veteran of the agency's Human Smuggling Unit and Criminal Employment Squad, to be the MCSO's point of contact for the Latino community.

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--Joe Arpaio's Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan Mouths Off, Arpaio and Sheridan Head to the Woodshed March 24

No doubt Joe and his sycophants thought this was a hilarious way to give Judge Snow the single-finger salute.

After all, who better to organize community meetings and do outreach to Latinos, than one of the deputies who has been arresting Hispanic moms and dads, sons and daughters, grandmothers and grandfathers for either working without papers or simply being without papers?

Read excerpts from MCSO Deputy Hector Martinez's December deposition.

Why, just think of all the people skills Martinez developed while helping with the business raids and sweeps of Hispanic neighborhoods, which have terrorized the Latino community for years now.

Some of those people skills are on display in a 2008 Arizona Republic slideshow of an MCSO immigration sweep in Phoenix, where Martinez is featured arresting Latinos with a sneer.

The bilingual Martinez, who calls Nogales his hometown, also enjoys a joke while on the job, even when Hispanics are the butt of the joke.

Martinez was one of the several deputies who received bigoted joke e-mails from other MCSO employees, including an infamous one featuring what was described as a "rare photo" of a "Mexican Navy SEAL."

It showed a Chihuahua in scuba gear.

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A blast from the past, the MCSO's "Mexican Navy SEAL" . . .


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21 comments
skp154tj
skp154tj

O so glad I left Arizona for the NW.

Bonnie Marr
Bonnie Marr

How hateful of this man to arrest people who are breaking the law and to laugh at jokes too ...horrible

Karin Scales
Karin Scales

why is phoenix trying to run there best prosecutor out of town?this is so sad and why is this tough man going to do it hey you fought for justice now fight for yourself do not run stay and keep your dignity.

Jo Ellen Birt McNamara
Jo Ellen Birt McNamara

Its interesting. I wonder if it would be possible to have the county administrator construct the position to (1) have dual reporting to the diversity office and MCSO (2) create an outreach assistant hired by the county admin (or use one the county already has) that is in charge of organizing and planning the community outreach and county events....I think Martinez just needs to have time away from Arpaio's crew, to connect with the elders in the Latiino community, and to understand the history behind what Latinos in this community have worked to overcome. ....I know his past experience doesn't help build a bridge with the Latino Community, but bringing in someone new isn't going to build a bridge either...its going to make that person a target in Arpaio's office. The Latino community is much smarter than Arpaio....they know how to bring Martinez around to his own family history.

Jon Crowley
Jon Crowley

Meh. Don't you have something better to post on a Friday night? Stick to the shots of near-vomitus-semi-clad sorority sisters.

Kristy Hart
Kristy Hart

Can he (Arpaio) just get sick and retire already? I'm so sick of the black eye Az has with all the racist stuff he has done.

wtf....
wtf....

Martinez will sell his soul to the devil just to be ok with the big boss

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

No surprise here to anyone who is not a half wit or a rabid Arpaio fan!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

MCSO is nothing more than a rouge agency that should be put under Federal receivership.

Nothing is going to be straightened out or ever change until until Arpaio is removed from office and all of his Deputy Chiefs and Captains are fired.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Oh I sure as hell hope Judge Snow orders this imbecile into his courtroom for the very severe bitch-slapping that's gonna be inflicted on the Fetid Fossil and Sheridan. 


Sounds like Deputy Martinez needs to be bitch-slapped. Badly. And I think Judge Snow is the right man for the job.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

My Irish friend was like those drunk guys last night!  Could not walk to save his life - well, let me take that back.  He could walk - backwards - just before he fell down! 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

You miss-spelled the title of this guys position.  It's not CLO..  It's CLOWN!

azwillie
azwillie

So the guy is thick skinned and doesn't let crap like that bother him.


Good for him.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

Martinez, another "anti-Hispanic Hispanic". A self-loathing, pride lacking Latino much like Anna Gaines back then.


I don't think he's a happy man. He's got a lot of self hatred in him. It's a pity.

tortillabutt
tortillabutt

ha ha, that's funny! they get drunk and do stuff like that!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@shadeaux  

I'm smelling an even bigger bitch-slapping in the works Shadeaux. But I'm not surprised, this coming from the most unprofessional police agency in the world. 

bobunf
bobunf

@MaskedMagician1967 @shadeaux  Let's not exaggerate.  I'm sure a diligent search of third world countries would eventually find one even worse.  

But it might take a long, long time.

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