Rios weighs in on protests

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

The Pinal County taxpayers dodged a bullet this past Tuesday as a game of political theatre became nothing but a media circus arranged by our Sheriff Paul Babeu. The Sheriff’s political stunt in Oracle was dangerous to our law enforcement officers and the public at-large.

The Sheriff played the game perfectly. Get your base out by scaring them with a supposed arrival of young migrants from Central America and make sure you are seen as man who can placate both sides. You have to hand it to Pinal County’s top cop, he had a lot of people out to protest those wanting to welcome the apparent new arrivals to Sycamore Canyon Academy and those who were against. There was even a mariachi band on hand as well.

On the surface it might seem like a good chance to exercise your freedom of expression. But, as you know and the Sheriff certainly knows, this is a heated issue on both sides. An issue that sometimes brings out the worst in everyone.

Knowing how divisive an issue like immigration has become, you have to question what were the motives of Sheriff Babeu when he chose to disclose what he supposedly heard from a “whistleblower.” Did he choose to bring this information to county management and the Supervisors so the county could help in developing a safe plan of action? No, he went straight to his base to stir the flames of passion regarding young immigrant children. This does not support law enforcement’s motto of “To Serve and Protect.”

This has the markings of a person who cannot comprehend the consequences of such an act. There are a lot of “what ifs” I could bring up. But the only one that frightens all of us is – what if this political stunt resulted in injuries and possibly a fatality?

Who then is on the hook for Sheriff Babeu’s quest for more camera time?

The Sheriff?

The County?

The Taxpayers?

Yes to all three. Let’s say something bad did happen. The county would most likely be sued for letting this happen, even though the Board of Supervisors cannot dictate how the Sheriff does his job. Who pays the settlement? You, the taxpayers do. The county does have insurance, but an act like this would probably mean our liability premiums would skyrocket.

While the taxpayers dodged a huge bullet to the pocketbook on Tuesday, you have to wonder when is the next time the Sheriff will want to get some time in front of the camera? Who will be left on the hook for his actions? You, the taxpayer.

Sincerely,

Pete Rios, Supervisor, District 1

Staff (3391 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

  • Additional Stories

    Miner swimmers qualify for state

    September 21st, 2016
    by

      Miner swimmers had a busy week.  First they traveled to Florence on Thursday, Sept. 15, to compete against Florence […]


    Oracle Piano Society hosts student concert Oct. 2

    September 21st, 2016
    by

    Don’t miss Oracle Piano Society’s first Collegiate Concert featuring talented students of Arizona State University Professor, and Oracle Piano Society […]


    Miners’ offense MIA as winless streak continues

    September 21st, 2016
    by

      The San Manuel football team lost its fifth-straight game last Friday night, falling at Globe, 30 – 6.   […]


    Oracle, other local agencies train for vehicle accident emergencies

    September 21st, 2016
    by

      To the casual observer, it might have seemed like a demolition derby or wrecking crew had descended upon the […]


  • Additional Stories

    Winkelman to celebrate bridge’s 100th birthday

    September 21st, 2016
    by

      In 1916, Pinal County decided to build a 419 foot long bridge over the Gila River at Winkelman. Since […]


    Oracle State Park tops October events with birding weekend

    September 21st, 2016
    by

      Discovering birds along the trails, learning about colorful species, and socializing with other bird-lovers at will fill the weekend […]


    Oracle Run set for Oct. 22

    September 21st, 2016
    by

    The 34th annual Oracle Run will be held on Saturday, October 22. Registration and packet pick up for the Dia […]


    Local mines endure despite low copper prices

    September 21st, 2016
    by

      The price of copper has been in a steady decline since 2011, due primarily to a decreased demand from […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger

  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather