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America’s Voice condemns the new FOX “reality” series that will give a louder megaphone to a public official known for his anti-immigrant tactics and racial profiling of Latinos. Smile! You’re Under Arrest premiers December 27th and will star the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Maricopa County, Arizona. Unfortunately, Fox’s newest reality star has a history of promoting virulently anti-Latino policies that leave tough police-work behind in favor of blatant racial profiling.
“This reality series won’t capture the reality of the Latino population living in Maricopa County. Sheriff Arpaio’s dangerous crusade has left the Latino community scared and his county less safe by prioritizing racial profiling over executing felony warrants. FOX television, famous for its controversial shows, may not realize how controversial a figure Arpaio is to the Latino community in the United States and should expect a backlash. He is a modern day Bull Connor and should not be given a spotlight on national television unless it is to highlight how his approach to law enforcement is un-American and ineffective,” said Paco Fabián, Communications Director of America’s Voice.
If FOX is looking for a controversial reality show they’d do better showing this side of Arpaio’s law enforcement tactics:
2,700 Lawsuits Filed Against Arpaio: Between 2004 and 2007, 2,700 lawsuits were filed against Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Federal and County Courts – 50 times the number of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston combined. [Phoenix New Times, 6/10/08 & 12/7/07]
To view the full factsheet please visit – www.americasvoiceonline.org/sheriffjoe
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