The Color of Collaboration

The Color of Collaboration

by
Abby Zimet

Though the feds, after a three-year investigation, have charged Arizona's racist thug and Sheriff Joe Arpaio with overseeing the worst racial profiling ever recorded, the nation's two top (black) justice officials - President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder - say they will "collaborate" with Arpaio to remedy abuses that grossly violate their own guidelines, says a scathing Phoenix New Times story, "Coddling Joe: How Do You Collaborate with A Felon?" Michael Lacey details Arpaio's history of "police-state terror": bullying the defenseless by sending out armed, ski-masked, body-armored SWAT teams to arrest drivers with busted turn signals; blatantly destroying a mountain of racist evidence; and finally, defiantly, not exactly quaking in his boots before the federal charges, but, rather, responding with a declaration he "will not cower," accompanied by 29 pages of "lawyers' brain vomit, lies, and threats."

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