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Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Links to Andrew Thomas disciplinary hearings.



Maricopa Detectives Describe Corruption in Their Office and Under Leadership of Sheriff Arpaio and Former County Attorney Andrew Thomas -- Watch Now

Ray Stern

Phoenix New Times
October 14, 2011 

If you want to hear Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detectives describe the "blatant" corruption they saw under the leadership of Joe Arpaio, tune in now to the State Bar's disciplinary hearing for former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. (If that direct link doesn't work, click here and then click on the video for the one that's "in progress.")

Detective John Halverson, who worked in the now-disgraced Maricopa Anti-Corruption Enforcement Team, was asked moments ago by one of Thomas' attorneys, John Oberg, whether Arpaio's former chief deputy, Dave Hendershott was "competent" to conduct investigations.

Halverson seemed stunned, and paused for a moment before saying as an answer that Hendershott choose "to ignore certain facts that were presented to him."

Despite being on the force for only a year in a half in 2007, he became so critical of what he was asked by his superiors to do, he went to internal affairs to try to stop it.

His request was ignored, he testified.

Detective Brandon Luth is scheduled to testify after Halverson -- and his testimony should be even better.

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