Foes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio don’t expect leniency from a Federal judge when he’s sentenced next week for contempt of court. But immigrant advocates like ex Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox are inviting anyone who feels M-C-S-O has racially profiled them to attend a rally and

tell their story. Wilcox and others say, that way, Judge Murray Snow will find it easier to throw the book at “America’s Toughest Sheriff”.

The rally is Wednesday at four p.m. outside the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office headquarters. A community forum follows to give people a chance to assert their claims against alleged mistreatment by M-C-S-O. Activist Salvador Reza expects the plaintiff class of some 200 victims to swell into the thousands, as many people who have yet to step forward share their stories at the community forum.

Arpaio is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday in Federal court, after Judge Snow ruled the Sheriff continued racially profiling people against a court order to stop. Mary Rose’s husband, Earl Wilcox wants nothing less than incarceration. “Put him in jail,”, demands Mr. Wilcox. “Let him experience what a lot of our people went through. Let him eat some of the slop he gives M-C-S-O inmates.”

The Judge could up the ante and call for criminal charges against Arpaio.

–Barbara Villa

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