Letter to Maricopa County Counselor Bill Montgomery regarding formal investigation on Latino Veteran Death under Arpaio’s supervisionTuesday, June 5th, 2012
This was sent to Bill Montgomery’s personal and formal email address today. We are CC’ing the FBI and the DOJ since it appears there is no strong oversight in our state. Things seems amuck.
Subject: Formal Request to Investigate Criminal Conduct and Wrongful Death of a Latino Veteran who died in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s prison
Dear Bill Montgomery:
We are making a formal request for your office to conduct an investigation with regard to the incident and death of Ernest Marty Atencio. A Latino Veteran of the United States Armed Forces died abruptly in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s prison system and we believe criminal conduct took place under the leadership of Arpaio and the culture he created in his jail systems.
You have prided yourself on your own military service, and we believe a veteran of the United States died unjustly in our Maricopa County jail. The blood of Atencio is in Arpaio’s hands. Veterans of our Country help make up the fabric of this nation by protecting and spreading freedoms across the globe.
We understand Sheriff Joe Arpaio has given you his endorsement in the past, and we are asking you to set aside politics in this particular matter and do the right thing by conducting a thorough investigation. This is a situation that calls for the de-politicization of the Sheriff’s office, and in our view this is another example of why the sheriff’s office should go from being a partisan office to a non-partisan office.
The autopsy report put blame on Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s prison system and we believe the incident should receive a formal investigation by your office. It appears there is currently no oversight on this wrongful death, and we believe it is time for the matter to be formally investigated by your office.
DeeDee Garcia Blase
Veteran of the Armed Forces
Co-President of National Tequila Party Movement
Shirl Mora James
Lead Co-President of National Tequila Party Movement
Civil Rights and Immigration Lawyer
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
(202) 324-3000 Department of Justice Eric Holder U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
“…the next time you’re down in Washington, D.C., to go to the Vietnam War Memorial and look at the names engraved in black granite, you’ll find a whole lot of Hispanic names…who love this country so much that they’re willing to risk their lives in its service….remember that these are God’s children…”