Phoenix Human Relations Commission Unanimously Votes 13-0 for Arpaio to Resign

Jan 31, 2012
7:40 am

Last night the Phoenix Human Relations Commission—a group of volunteer citizens appointed by the mayor and City Council to advise them on human relations issues and the implementation of the city's policy against discrimination—unanimously voted 13-0 to call for the resignation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

According to the Tucson Citizen:

The Phoenix Human Relations Commission approved the resolution Monday at a special meeting. Three members were absent. The commission’s resolution was supported by about a dozen residents who came to speak at the meeting, while a handful of others argued the commission had no business holding a vote on the future of an official elected by popular vote.

Commission Chairwoman Diane D’Angelo said she wanted the board to vote on the issue because of the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent findings that outline several civil-rights violations by the Sheriff’s Office, such as racial profiling and neglected sex-crime investigations. Although the commission is an advisory board to the council, its decisions are non-binding. Council members are concerned the vote could affect the city’s jail contract.

The following videos were taken at the meeting last night: