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Bohemian Rhapsody Shuts Down Arpaio

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 1, 2009 12:48am | Post a Comment
So why is Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County Arizona in a music blog? Because of the band Queen, of course!

For those who aren't familiar with Sheriff Joe, his heavy-handed approach to law enforcement has caused much controversy over the last fifteen years. He has won fans in conservative Arizona, but to the rest of the world, he is seen as one of the worst violators of human rights. According to Phoenix New Times, from 2004 through November 2007, he was the target of 2,150 lawsuits in U.S. District Court and hundreds more in Maricopa County courts, with more than $50 million in claims being filed. His tough on crime tactics have crossed over into immigration issues. After Arizona passed a law that would make it a felony to smuggle undocumented immigrants into Arizona, Arpaio took it upon himself to instruct his sheriff's deputies and members of his civilian posse (known as The Minutemen) to arrest “illegal aliens.” They soon took to harassing any persons of color without regards to their legal status. Earlier this year The Department of Justice began investigating Arpaio's targeting of Latinos and Spanish-speaking people. Two months ago, The Department of Homeland Security removed the authority of Arpaio's deputies to make immigration arrests in the field.

Arpaio is a master at eluding questions in the vein of Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon, another master of the game. However, on Monday night, Arpaio was being interviewed "Meet-the-Press" style at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Protestors soon tired of him dodging questions and broke out into a cacophonous version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" to disrupt the interview. Check it out below.



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