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Justice Department Sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio

It wasn't until reading the first paragraph of today's New York Times article about Sheriff Joe Arpaio being sued by the Department of Justice that this man finally came into proper perspective. He is the modern day embodiment of the "Mississippi Burning" deputy Cecil Price and Sheriff Lawrence Rainey with their smug expressions and his inflated sense of themselves. Hopefully it will end up with this racist right-wing nut ending up on one of his infamous chain gangs wearing stripes. He is bound to try to make himself a martyr for wing nuts and racists.

The Photo Paul Reed photograph in LIFE Magazine shows a defiant Deputy Cecil Reed and Sheriff Lawrence Rainey in MIssissippi.

via The New York Times

"The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County for not cooperating with an investigation into whether his department was systematically violating the rights of Hispanics. The government is looking into whether Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s department discriminates against Hispanics in its immigration sweeps. Obama administration officials called the suit the first time in 30 years that the federal government had to sue to compel a law enforcement agency to cooperate with an investigation concerning Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“The actions of the sheriff’s office are unprecedented,” Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the department’s civil rights division..." (READ MORE)

Protest on February 8, 2009. Photo/Creative Commons/Flickr