Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio received 100,000 petition signatures from a “tea party” organization Wednesday afternoon supporting Arpaio’s investigation of President Barack Obama and denouncing the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil-rights investigation of Arpaio.
Darla Dawald, national coordinator of Grassfire Nation, said the petitions were meant to show support for Arpaio and to force the Department of Justice to release the findings of their investigation on Arpaio or stop altogether.
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“We have seen a tremendous amount of Chicago-style bully tactics that have been used by the Department of Justice and (Attorney General) Eric Holder’s office and we’re not happy about what we are seeing,” Dawald said. “We are not happy that someone such as Sheriff Joe, who does his best to protect this great state and nation, is being subjected to these types of tactics.”
Dawald said the Department of Justice investigation, which accused Arpaio’s office of systemic violations of Latinos’ rights, is politically motivated and compared it to a “witch hunt.” She said the group plans to bring the signatures from supporters around the country to the Department of Justice and to members of Congress next week.
Arpaio said the petition signatures were unexpected and that he appreciated the support as a motivating factor to continue working for citizens of Maricopa County.
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