Joe Arpaio’s Latest Dead Latino: Raymond Farinas
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Given Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s track record when it comes to dead inmates, it’s difficult not to anticipate foul play in the death of Raymond Farinas, the latest Latino to die in MCSO custody. Particularly when Arpaio-victim Marty Atencio’s family just filed notices of claim with both the City of Phoenix and Maricopa County for a $20 million total.
That said, all we have at present are the reports of KPHO Channel 5 and AzFamily 3TV regarding the unexplained jail demise of Farinas, 40.
Farinas was arrested June 3 on weapons charges. Both outlets quote Farinas’ mother Carmen Ramirez as saying she posted bail for her son. However, he was not released as expected.
UPDATE 3:05 PM: The MCSO has just released the following statement concerning Farinas.
“While an official cause of the June 3, 2012 death of Raymond Manuel Farinas has yet to be released, an investigation shows that there was no physical injury by another inmate or detention officer during the 11 hours Farinas was in custody on weapons charges.
“According to the Sheriff’s Jail Crimes Unit, there appeared to be no visible signs of any kind of trauma to Farinas. And while the inmate’s family members are making various claims to the media, those claims are in direct contradiction with the medical examiner’s office who has relayed to Sheriff’s officials that it appears Farina, a 40 year repeat offender, died of natural causes.”