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

During a December deposition in an ongoing federal civil rights lawsuit against the MCSO and Arpaio brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, Martinez was asked about receiving the e-mail.

Excerpts of the deposition were recently filed with the judge by Arpaio lawyer Tim Casey.

In these excerpts, Martinez tells DOJ attorney Ed Caspar that he does not remember the 2008 Mexican scuba-puppy e-mail specifically, but he likely would have found it amusing.

"I would probably think it's funny because Chihuahuas are meant to be kind of like a Hispanic dog," Martinez says, adding later, "Me, as Hispanic, I don't find it offensive."

Caspar asks Martinez whether he thinks the joke is okay to e-mail to others.

"No, I don't think it's appropriate," replies Martinez.

"Why is it not appropriate?" wonders Caspar.

"Because people might find it offensive," the deputy answers.

Another e-mail that Martinez received was titled "Indian yoga vs. Mexican yoga." The "Mexican yoga" showed a couple of borracho guys who are obviously feeling no pain.

The e-mail was sent to Martinez and several other deputies by the notorious Sergeant Brett "Shut Up" Palmer, who also sent the Mexican Navy SEAL photo out and who later claimed in court that he had been disciplined for e-mailing these images.

Palmer, of course, outranked Martinez and was Martinez's immediate supervisor in 2008.

Caspar asks Martinez about the Mexican yoga image. Martinez states that he personally would not find it offensive.

"Because in our culture, a lot of friends and family tend to get really drunk and do things like that," Martinez tells Caspar.


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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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