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

Martinez also explains how the image made him feel.

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Martinez said he sees himself in this pic. No, um, really . . .

"Well, when I looked at it, I mean it symbolizes, you know, sometimes what we do," he states. "I mean as far as, you know, Mexicans falling over drunk and passing out, it symbolizes that, you know, it's happened to us. You know, it's happened to me, to friends that I have. So I find it funny."

Yet, Martinez says he would not circulate a joke like this, and that other MCSO deputies, as part of a "professional agency," should not do so as well.

Martinez says others might see "bias" in the photo, that it might seem to be "making fun of Hispanic people."

Martinez did forward one of the e-mails to his personal e-mail account. But there is no record he forwarded any of these e-mails to others.

Snow mentions the issue of the Community Liaison Officer briefly in his recent order, noting that the ACLU has raised objections about the choice of Martinez for the post of CLO.

The Injunction requires the Defendants to create a Community Outreach Program and appoint a Community Liaison Officer ("CLO"). The purpose of this program is "[t]o rebuild public confidence and trust" by requiring MCSO to "work to improve community relationships and engage constructively with the community."

Plaintiffs have expressed concerns about the deputy that Defendants chose as the Community Liaison Officer. Apparently he was a member of the Human Smuggling Unit ("HSU") that was central to this case. One of the issues that occupied some time at the trial concerned offensive cartoons that were circulated among the deputies of the HSU concerning persons of Hispanic ethnicity.

The deputy chosen as the CLO apparently received an offensive email that was being forwarded around the HSU and, as a result, was deposed in this action. In his deposition testimony he apparently testified [that] he considered the cartoon funny.

Without commenting on his merit as an employee or as a deputy, the Court can understand how such testimony in the course of the current litigation would lead the Plaintiffs to believe that the designated CLO would not be sensitive to their concerns in this matter and that the MCSO was insensitive to that realistic concern.

Accordingly, the parties are asked to submit the relevant portions of the transcript of that deputy's deposition prior to the Monday hearing.

For me at least, Martinez's work in targeting the Hispanic community is far more troubling than his comments regarding the e-mails. His work on the HSU and CES should be enough to disqualify him for the job.

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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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