June 12, 2012
Director Robert Mueller
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
Subject: Outside Investigation Necessary Regarding Another Latino Inmate Death In Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Prison
Dear Mr. Robert Mueller:
We are seeking outside investigation with regard to the death of Raymond Farinas, a 40-year-old Latino who was recently booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff Office (MCSO) jail in Phoenix. According to Raymond’s mother, Carmen Ramirez, said her son called her on June 3 and asked her to post his $1,000 bond, which she immediately paid. Then she said she repeatedly called the jail for information on her son’s release. Later that evening, two Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies arrived at her Phoenix home notifying her of her son’s death.
This appears to be the second time within the past year the Maricopa County Sheriff Office has not released any information on Latino-related deaths. The MCSO appears to hiding information that is reminiscent of Marty Atencio’s death – a Latino veteran who recently died in Arpaio’s prison.
We believe the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) should conduct a full investigation with regard to the possible excessive abusive actions by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) under the leadership of Sheriff Joe Arpaio since Carmen Ramirez alleges she saw bruises on her dead son’s body. The mother claims her son was allergic to peanut butter and would never have eaten peanut butter due to allergies. Why would the MCSO under the supervision of Joe Arpaio feed peanuts to inmates who could suffer from peanut poisoning? If not by peanut poisoning, where did Raymond get the bruises and the cut his mother saw on his body?
We are seeking the help of the FBI. An investigation should be conducted by the FBI in light of the recent findings provided by the feds via the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Shirl Mora James
Lead Co-President of National Tequila Party Movement
Civil Rights and Immigration Attorney
DeeDee Garcia Blase
Founder, Co-President of National Tequila Party Movement