Last week I posted on Sherriff Joe Arpaio and his anti-immigrant crusade in Arizona’s Maricopa County. It seems as though Sherrif Joe struck again last week – this time he and his “posse” raided Mesa, Arizona’s City Hall, the Public Library and a number of private homes.
The raid, which was conducted SWAT style with at least 60 armed agents, highlights the increasing tension between Sherriff Joe’s tactic and Arizona officials.
Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa criticized Sheriff Arpaio for sending the SWAT team into his city without properly advising the Mesa police, who learned about raid when an officer discovered sheriff’s deputies assembling in a residential park about 12:30 a.m.
“Law enforcement should never put the public at risk,” Mr. Smith said.
In an editorial in the New York Times, the raid was called “A War on Janitors” (the targets were employees of a cleaning company), harshly criticizing Arpaio’s tactics.