Joe Arpaio's "Community Liaison" Deputy Hector Martinez Finds Anti-Latino E-mails "Funny"
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.
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?
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.
A blast from the past, the MCSO's "Mexican Navy SEAL" . . .