Thursday, December 15, 2011

House Democrats: ‘After Arpaio findings, building trust in community is key’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Leader Chad Campbell and House Minority Whip Anna Tovar, both who represent Maricopa County released the following statements today on the U.S. Department of Justice findings of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s misconduct:

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14)
“House Democrats appreciate the U.S. Department of Justice’s hard work and diligence in authoritatively bringing some of these issues to light and showing that grave injustice has been done by our state’s largest county public safety agency. The damage that people in Arizona have endured is truly reprehensible, embarrassing and wrong. This is not the principle on which our nation or our state was founded, and according to the findings, Sheriff Arpaio has not done his job of serving and protecting families, but did just the opposite of instilling fear and harming families, much like corrupt police of a third world country.”

House Minority Whip Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 13)
“The DOJ report scratches the surface, and there is still much more work to be done. But by far the most work involves building the trust of the members of our own community who have been frightened and abused. We need to make amends and finally move in the right direction of protecting our communities and families, no matter what their race so they can feel safe in Arizona.”

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