Monday, October 13, 2008

Guadelupe, AZ, vs. Sheriff Joe

A small town outside Phoenix, Guadelupe, had been the dramatic scene of one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "criminal sweeps". The mayor and most townsfolk vigorously protested the round-up of undocumented for minor tariff violations. Sheriff Joe struck back by cancelling police protection to Guadelupe. The town has six months to find alternate policing. Settled originally by Yakqui Indians feeling persecution in Mexico, now it is half Hispanic and poor with a high crime rate and gang activity. Now that it must find their own policing, many residents are having second thoughts about defying Sheriff Joe. (See LA Times article.)

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