Arpaio and his goons raided the Burlington Coat Factory on Friday night. According to his own account (see video), he was led to the factory based on a called in "gomer pyle style citizen's alert" (ala sb1070). He strictly targetted and racially profiled the latino workers, harassing, holding and cuffing them until they provided "papers please." Meanwhile, several anglo employees without identification were not stopped or asked for any information. When asked why he did not harass the Anglos arpaio responded, "We know their ethnic backgrounds."As you will see in the video, arpaio is rubbing his hands together in glee at the thought of upping the immigration raid ante with the enactment of sb1070.
Arpaio, as usual, allowed the employers to go scott free, even though Arizona has strict employer sanction laws. He also spent most of his time in front of the cameras!
Note to readers: Imagine the cost of implementing sb1070 with sheriff's across the state forced to respond to every "gomer pyle citizen's alert" call in every city and town in Arizona. Imagine the devastation to Latinos and Brown people across the state. Imagine felonious crimes going uninvestigated as Law Enforcement is forced to waste their time on these type of calls.