So the Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday finally released the findings on its 3-year investigation of Joe Arpaio. Arpaio, btw, is the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona who touts himself as the toughest sheriff, and has made a career of harassing Latinos and letting sex crimes go uninvestigated. And to no one's surprise, the DOJ found Arpaio's office treated "Latinos as if they are all undocumented," among numerous other unconstitutional acts. The DOJ found that the sheriff and his deputies targeted Latino drivers, violated their 4th Amendment rights with unreasonable seizures and mistreated inmates who did not speak English.
This is exactly what every Latino and informed citizen in Arizona knew of Arpaio. He is a failure and a stain on law enforcement. He serves not to protect, pero para molestar Latinos. His flagrant disregard for human dignity makes him unfit for office. If Arpaio had any shame he would resign immediately. But this man is such a sinvergüenza, he will not do the decent thing, so I'm throwing him a flying chancla.
No soup for you!
Now we're all grown up. But some people still deserve chanclasos. And we're going to let them have it here in our weekly column, El Chanclaso. Every Friday, Sergio, our resident chancludo, will turn a critical eye on political shenanigans, and current issues and events with his chancla firmly in hand. Depending on the severity of the misbehavior, being on the wrong end of the chancla could get you one or two chanclasos. Sergio will also give aplausos to those who make us proud.You've been warned. Now, behave!
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Sergio Lopez hails from the great city of San Antonio and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He thanks his mother for judiciously using her chancla to set him straight.