Sunday, April 6, 2008
Mayors Across Arizona Beg for someone to STOP the Heinous Sheriff!
Arpaio´s Heinous Racial Profiling Sweeps Continue while Mayors Pleas fall on Deaf Ears!
The Arizona Republic Reports:
Leaders fear Arpaio sweep disrupting Palomino
Michael ClancyThe Arizona RepublicApr. 6, 2008 12:00 AM
For more than 10 years, Phoenix police, neighborhood residents and area businesses have been working together to turn around north Phoenix's Palomino neighborhood. The neighborhood for years was known for its gangs, drug dealers, blighted buildings and crowded conditions. It was home to illegal immigrants and became known as a place to find cheap day labor. But through cooperative efforts, neighborhood leaders felt they had made improvements in the area. Now they fear much of that work could come undone as a result of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's recent immigration sweep of the neighborhood - a square mile bounded by Cave Creek, Bell and Greenway roads and 32nd Street. Neighborhood leaders say the sweep resulted in thousands of dollars in lost business, hundreds of schoolchildren staying home and not enough arrests of illegal immigrants to justify the disruption. "His efforts have taken away from all of the positives that we have created," said Vice Mayor Peggy Neely, who represents the Palomino area. "I'm afraid that if he keeps this up, someone is going to get hurt."