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The Notorious Record of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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America’s Voice has just released the following report on Joe Arpaio, complete with references to back up all their claims. For a quick example of what it includes:

The report reveals some 21 examples of Arpaio’s disturbing record, among them:

  • Violent crime rates have risen under Arpaio’s watch while they have fallen throughout the rest of Arizona.
  • Arpaio’s department has not served over 40,000 felony warrants.
  • Arpaio has been suspected of misspending $50 million in taxpayer funds and refused to turn over his records for an investigation.
  • Over 2,700 lawsuits have been filed against Arpaio.
  • The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department is or has been under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor.
  • Evidence exists that Arpaio forced an undocumented mother to give birth while handcuffed to a bed.

The entire report is below, and is also available in PDF format for printing and distribution.

The Notorious Record of Maricopa County, AZ’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Published by: America’s Voice Education Fund

Published July 16, 2010 | Download PDF

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, AZ has become a hero of the anti-immigrant right for his hard-line police tactics to enforce immigration law in any way that he sees fit — tactics which have resulted in higher crime rates, thousands of lawsuits, millions of dollars in unnecessary expenses and a reversal of the community-policing strategies that have proved successful to police across the nation. Despite the failures of the Arpaio model, Governor Jan Brewer endorsed it as statewide policy by signing controversial new state law SB 1070. If the federal government’s attempt to enjoin SB 1070 fails and the law goes into effect on July 29th, every police officer in the state will be forced to repeat Arpaio’s failures.  In this short report, you will find several examples of Sheriff Arpaio’s failed record:

INEFFECTIVE TACTICS

  • Violent Crime Rates Rise Under Arpaio, Fall in Rest of Arizona
  • Under Arpaio, 911 Response Time Increased, Arrest Rates Decreased
  • Arpaio Admits He Arrests ”Very Few” Non-Hispanics
  • Over 40,000 Un-served Felony Warrants
  • Conservative Think Tank Report: Arpaio’s Policies are Ineffective, Harmful, and a Waste of Millions of Taxpayer Dollars
  • Mesa Police Chief: Arpaio’s Approach Hurts Community Safety

OPERATING ABOVE THE LAW

  • Arpaio Under Investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for Civil Rights Abuses
  • Arpaio Under FBI Investigation for Using his Power to Intimidate Political Opponents
  • Judge Says Conditions in Arpaio’s Jails “Violate the Constitution”
  • 2,700 Lawsuits Filed Against Arpaio
  • Federal Officials Take Away Arpaio’s Deputies’ Authority to Make Immigration Arrests, Arpaio Vows to Defy the Restriction
  • Arpaio Threatens Attorneys with Criminal Charges for Criticizing Him
  • Department of Labor Investigates Arpaio, Finds He Owes Employees $2M in Unpaid Overtime
  • Arpaio Suspected of Misspending $50M in Taxpayer Funds, Refuses to Turn Over Records
  • Advocates Awarded $475,000 for Civil Rights Violations by Arpaio Deputies
  • Arpaio Stages Phony Murder Plot Against Himself, Accused Released for Wrongful Imprisnment, County Pays Over $1 Million to Settle

INSPIRING TERROR IN LATINO COMMUNITIES

  • Arpaio Marches Immigrants in Shackles to Tent City Surrounded by Electric Fence
  • Arpaio Separates Mother from Kids for Unpaid Traffic Ticket
  • Arpaio Conducts “Crime Suppression” Sweeps in Latino Communities
  • Arpaio Forces Mother to Give Birth while Handcuffed to Bed
  • Arpaio’s Deputies Deploy Heavy Duty Machine Guns

INEFFECTIVE TACTICS


Violent crime is down across the state of Arizona, but not in Maricopa County.  The Arpaio approach is a proven failure at reducing crime.  From 2002 to 2009, while the violent crime rate across the state as a whole decreased by 12 percent, the area policed by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office suffered a 58 percent increase in violent crime. Compare that 58 percent crime increase to other law enforcement agencies in Maricopa County who engaged in community policing, not targeting immigrants. In that same time period, Phoenix enjoyed a 14 percent decrease; Tempe, a 26 percent decrease; and Mesa, a 31 percent decrease. 

Under Arpaio, 911 Response Time Increased, Arrest Rates Decreased[ii]

A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation by the East Valley Tribune unearthed some disturbing news for residents of Maricopa County:  “Response times, arrest rates, investigations and other routine police work throughout Maricopa County have suffered over the past two years as Sheriff Joe Arpaio turned his already short-handed and cash-strapped department into an immigration enforcement agency.” Unfinished investigations include particularly heinous crimes such as rape and other violent assaults.

Arpaio Admits He Arrests ”Very Few” Non-Hispanics[iii]

In an April 2010 interview on “Larry King Live,” Sheriff Arpaio admitted that he arrests “very few” non-Hispanics.  Arpaio attempted to justify his admission by citing Arizona’s proximity to Mexico, but ignored the fact that non-Hispanics still make up almost three-quarters of the state’s population.

Over 40,000 Un-Served Felony Warrants [iv]

During an interview by the Arizona Republic, the interviewer pointed out in a question, “You get criticized by local law-enforcement agencies for not serving felony arrest warrants, shirking that responsibility in favor of immigrant sweeps, which requires manpower and other resources. Mayor Phil Gordon says you have created „a sanctuary county for felons‟ and that you have „40,000 felony warrants stacked on (your) desk.‟ Why not go after the „real‟ criminals and actively serve outstanding arrest warrants, which local agencies see as a county obligation and responsibility?‟”

Conservative Think Tank Report: Arpaio’s Policies Are Ineffective, Harmful, and a Waste of Millions of Taxpayer Dollars[v]

In 2008, the Goldwater Institute, an independent, non-partisan public policy research organization with generally conservative views, issued a report cataloging the many failures of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The report’s overview explains, “Although MCSO is adept at self-promotion and is an unquestionably ’tough‘ law-enforcement agency, under its watch violent crime rates recently have soared, both in absolute terms and relative to other jurisdictions. It has diverted resources away from basic law-enforcement functions to highly publicized immigration sweeps, which are ineffective in policing illegal immigration and in reducing crime generally, and to extensive trips by MCSO officials to Honduras for purposes that are nebulous at best. Profligate spending on those diversions helped produce a financial crisis in late 2007 that forced MCSO to curtail or reduce important law-enforcement functions.”

Mesa Police Chief: Arpaio’s Approach Hurts Community Safety[vi]

Mesa Chief George Gascón thinks “a wedge is being driven between the local police and some immigrant groups. Some law enforcement agencies are wasting limited resources in operations to appease the public‟s thirst for action against illegal immigration regardless of the legal or social consequences… If we become a nation in which the local police are the default enforcers of a failing federal immigration policy, the years of trust that police departments have built up in immigrant communities will vanish.”

OPERATING ABOVE THE LAW

Arpaio Under Investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for Civil Rights Abuses[vii]

In March 2009, the Arizona Republic reported that “The U.S. Justice Department has launched a civil-rights investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office after months of mounting complaints that deputies are discriminating in their enforcement of federal immigration laws.” The official complaints which brought about the investigation, “said Arpaio had exceeded the limits of a federal program that gives local police federal immigration-enforcement powers by ordering deputies to ‘scour’ Latino neighborhoods looking for illegal immigrants based on skin color.”

Arpaio Under FBI Investigation for Using his Power to Intimidate Political Opponents[viii]

The website of Phoenix TV station KPHO reported, ”The FBI is looking into accusations that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is using his position to settle political vendettas.”  According to the Huffington Post, “Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas indicted Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley for the third time. They also indicted Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox. Both Stapley (R) and Wilcox (D) have been vocal opponents of Arpaio’s hard line immigration enforcement policies. Stapley has been charged with fraud, theft, perjury, forgery, and false swearing. Wilcox has been charged with conflict of interest, perjury, forgery, and false swearing. The merit of the charges, though, are lost on a public who is becoming increasingly cynical of the persecution of political foes in Maricopa County even for a local folk hero like Arpaio.”[ix]

Judge Says Conditions in Arpaio’s Jails “Violate the Constitution”[x]

After seven years of litigation, a federal judge ruled in October 2008 that Sheriff Arpaio and county health officials “violated the Constitution by depriving jail inmates of adequate medical screening and care, feeding them unhealthy food and housing them in unsanitary conditions.” As of the ruling, Maricopa County had paid “up to $43 million, according to local news media, as a result of lawsuits alleging deaths, injury, mistreatment and other claims in the jails” during Arpaio’s time as sheriff.

2,700 Lawsuits Filed Against Arpaio[xi]

Between 2004 and 2007, 2,700 lawsuits were filed against Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Federal and County Courts – 50 times the number of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston combined.

Federal Officials Take Away Arpaio’s Deputies’ Authority to Make Immigration Arrests, Arpaio Vows to Defy the Restriction[xii]

After a federal review of Sheriff Arpaio’s 287(g) agreement, which allowed his office to collaborate with the Department of Homeland Security on immigration enforcement, officials only renewed the section of the agreement that allowed deputies to check the immigration status of those checked into a Maricopa County jail—not the part which had allowed deputies to conduct field arrests as an immigration “Task Force.”  The change “prompted an angry, rambling outburst from the sheriff Tuesday at a news conference at which he called Homeland Security officials ‘liars’ and vowed to press on with his campaign, using state laws, against illegal immigrants. He said he would drive those caught on the streets to the border if federal officers refused to take them into custody.”

Arpaio Threatens Attorneys with Criminal Charges for Criticizing Him[xiii]

As reported in the Arizona Republic, Sheriff Arpaio attempted to use his standing as a law enforcement official to deter critics. “Sheriff Joe Arpaio has sent letters to current and former attorneys in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office warning them to watch their words if they speak to investigators looking into possible unethical conduct by former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. The letter threatens the attorneys with criminal charges if they reveal ‘confidential’ information about the Sheriff’s inquiries into county Supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox and Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe.” County Attorney Rick Romley responded with a letter of his own, warning Arpaio, “This threat is not only inappropriate but is a clear abuse of your authority as sheriff of Maricopa County. Thereby, I shall be forwarding your letter to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.”

Department of Labor Investigates Arpaio, Finds He Owes Employees $2M in Unpaid Overtime[xiv]

A U.S. Department of Labor Investigation concluded that Sheriff Arpaio failed to pay $2 million of overtime pay to his employees. The Phoenix New Times reported, “Since August, 2009, the Department of Labor had been investigating whether Arpaio was illegally, and systematically, refusing to compensate detention officers for overtime. It appears that was, in fact, the case: Thanks to Labor’s intervention, the county will be forced to make good with a total of 1,900 detention officers. They’ll receive back pay for the work in their next paycheck, Smith said.”

Arpaio Suspected of Misspending $50M in Taxpayer Funds, Refuses to Turn Over Records[xv]

After Arpaio refused to turn over financial documents to Maricopa County supervisors or attend a county board meeting on concerns over his budget, the board voted to freeze some of his funds until it could investigate his misspending. According to the Arizona Republic, “The board wants the records to help set Arpaio’s budget but also believes he may be misspending or misusing public funds, though to what extent is uncertain. Officials suggested there are ‘substantial problems’ with transactions from at least one fund that may need to be paid back.” Some feared Arpaio had overspent up to $50 million. Arpaio claimed that turning over the financial records would endanger the safety of his officers.


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Advocates Awarded $475,000 for Civil Rights Violations by Arpaio Deputies[xvi]

Arpaio’s deputies arrested several advocates for speaking against Arpaio at a public hearing of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.  The Sheriff has been accused in several instances of taking extreme measures to silence political opponents.  This award was just one clear cut example of Arpaio’s routine behavior of operating above the law.

Arpaio Stages Phony Murder Plot Against Himself, Accused Released for Wrongful Imprisonment, County Pays Over $1 Million to Settle[xvii]

In 2004 a man was released from prison after being wrongly accused of plotting to kill Arpaio. Evidence suggested that Arpaio‟s office staged the plot and the County agreed to pay over $1 million to settle the case. The County‟s insurance policy paid an additional un-released amount.

INSPIRING TERROR IN LATINO COMMUNITIES

Arpaio Marches Immigrants in Shackles Through Streets of Phoenix to Tent City Surrounded by Electric Fence[xviii]

From the Arizona Republic: “Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio marched 220 chained illegal immigrant inmates into a segregated enclosure of Tent City Wednesday afternoon, despite protests from some County officials and civil rights groups who thought the procession violated human rights.” Arpaio’s office claimed that the publicity stunt was actually an attempt to cut costs.

Arpaio Separates Mother from Kids for Unpaid Traffic Ticket [xix]

In yet another disturbing reflection of Sheriff Arpaio’s departments’ approach toward immigrants and their families, a widely circulated video was taken in January 2009 of a Maricopa County volunteer “posse” member stopping a car for an apparent problem with the taillight and interrogating the driver for over an hour in front of her children.  The children were left in the parking lot with an adult passenger of the car while their mother was taken to jail for an unpaid parking ticket.  Though the mother paid the fine, Arpaio was able to keep her in jail because of his 287(g) agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on the grounds that she was a “criminal alien.”

Arpaio Conducts “Crime Suppression” Sweeps in Latino Communities[xx]

Sheriff Arpaio has inspired terror in Latino communities by engaging in highly controversial “crime suppression sweeps” of Latino communities, allegedly hunting for undocumented immigrants.  It is unknown how many U.S. citizens and legal immigrants have been interrogated by deputies and volunteer members of Arpaio’s “posse,” but it has been widely reported that the sweeps have been highly ineffective at actually suppressing crime.[xxi]

Arpaio Forces Mother to Give Birth while Handcuffed to Bed[xxii]

In a story reported by Telemundo in 2009, Sheriff Arpaio forced Alma Minerva Chacon to give birth while she was in shackles. Latina.com detailed at the time, “Once she reached the hospital, nurses repeatedly begged the Sheriff’s staff to allow them to unchain the mother, but they refused and Chacon was forced to give birth while still shackled to the bed. At one point, the nurse asked for them to release her so that she could be escorted to the bathroom for a urinalysis, but even that request was denied. But the worst came once Chacon gave birth to her baby girl.” Following the birth, Chacon was told that unless someone came to pick up the newborn in 72 hours, her child would be turned over to state custody.

Arpaio’s Deputies Deploy Heavy Duty Machine Guns[xxiii]

Despite the fact that crime rates have been flat or have decreased in the Arizona border region, the Philadelphia Examiner reports that, “Arpaio ordered the deployment of a powerful belt-fed .50 caliber machine gun to be on site during the operation to ensure deputies’ safety, as there have been recent reports of violence in the desolate desert areas. Thursday’s crime sweep coincided with the very first federal hearing regarding Arizona’s new immigration law, but Arpaio denied any connection between the two. The next planned sweep is set to take place July 29th, the same day Senate Bill 1070 is scheduled to take effect.”


Endnotes:

America’s Voice. Arizona Immigration Law Could Lead to Surge in Violent Crime, July 15, 2010.   http://bit.ly/bfefR8

[ii] Ryan Gabrielson, “REASONABLE DOUBT: Public pays the price.” East Valley Tribune, 7/12/09. http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/8377

[iii] Andy Barr, “Joe Arpaio arrests ‘very few’ non-Hispanics,” Politico, 4/27/10. http://bit.ly/b7kRle

[iv] Mayor Phil Gordon, “This isn’t personal, it’s about safety,” Arizona Republic, 4/27/08. http://bit.ly/l6ffw

[v] Clint Bolick, “Mission Unaccomplished: The Misplaced Priorities of the Maricopa County Sheriff ’s Office,” Goldwater Institute, 12/2/08.  http://bit.ly/KgGgm

[vi] New York Times, 7/31/08

[vii] Daniel Gonzalez, “Arpaio to be investigated over alleged violations,” Arizona Republic, 3/11/09. http://bit.ly/784AN

[viii] “Sources: FBI Investigating Joe Arpaio,” KPHO.com, 10/29/09. http://bit.ly/2ATobm

[ix] Dawn Teo, “Sheriff Arpaio Indicts Political Opponents While Feds Investigate Arpaio,” Huffington Post, 12/12/09. http://huff.to/8fV562

[x] Randall C. Archibold, “U.S. Judge Orders Arizona Sheriff to Improve Jails,” New York Times, 10/23/08. http://nyti.ms/a4PDBb

[xi] Phoenix New Times, 6/10/08 and 12/7/07

[xii] Randall C. Archibold, “Immigration Hard-Liner Has His Wings Clipped,” New York Times, 10/6/09. http://nyti.ms/aUiLNv

[xiii] Michael Kiefer, “Letter spurs Rick Romley to warn Joe Arpaio,” Arizona Republic, 5/20/10. http://bit.ly/bJVbKJ

[xiv] Sarah Fenske, “Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Poor Labor Practices Will Cost Maricopa County $2 Million,” Phoenix New Times, 5/26/10. http://bit.ly/9URuoE

[xv] Yvonne Wingett and Michael Kiefer, “Joe Arpaio may have misspent up to $50M, officials say,” Arizona Republic, 5/25/10. http://bit.ly/cXbaL7

[xvi] Craig Harris and Yvonne Wingett, “Anti-Arpaio protesters awarded settlement from 2008 arrests,” Arizona Republic, July 9, 2010.  http://bit.ly/9bvDt4

[xvii] Phoenix New Times, 10/28/08

[xviii] Eddi Trevizo Derek Cooley, “Inmates marched to segregated area of Tent City,” Arizona Republic, 2/4/09. http://bit.ly/p6cW9

[xix] Matthew Palevsky, “Sheriff Joe Arpaio Separates Mother from Children, Immigrant Crack Down,” Huffington Post, 2/16/09. http://huff.to/qWPOY

[xx] American Civil Liberties Union, “Lawsuit Charging Sheriff Arpaio Illegally Targeted Latinos In Maricopa County Can Go Forward,” September 2009.  http://bit.ly/a3S6OQ

[xxi] JJ Hensley, “Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s crime sweeps have little effect, analysis shows,” Arizona Republic,  http://bit.ly/cf4pbe

[xxii] Mariela Rosario, “Video: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Forces Woman to Give Birth While Shackled,” Latina.com, 11/18/09. http://bit.ly/2VybBo

[xxiii] Aurelia Fierros, “Arpaio on 16th immigration sweep; takes out the ‘big gun’,” Philadelphia Examiner, July 16 2010. http://exm.nr/afR7Pw

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23 comments on “The Notorious Record of Sheriff Joe Arpaio
  1.  
     
    Health care (transformation) is one of the best issues this current administration has done thus far. With this change individuals will have the opportunity to seek professional and quality health care services. Who would want to return to the days of the horse and buggy, b/w tv sets, manual typewriters, pac man, you get the point? That’s about how old the health care system was in the USA. Each day the news is filled with social tragedies in which lives are taken at the hands of known acquaintences and/or family members. Our society is stricken with the institutions of white collar crime permeating throughout this great nation and greed which tends to strike at the very fabric of our country.  If you are looking for affordable health insurance check out http://bit.ly/chE6zp . I hope everyone will soon recognize and use the resources made by this transformation to seek professional medical attention as the need arises rather than turning to illegal and criminal activities to resolve their issues.
     

    • Are you kidding me we are being force to get something  we do not want . Just ask a Canadian or an someone from England how great it is.This has to be the worst adminstration since Jimmy Carter was in office.   One angry vet viva 1070                                                          

  2. More evidence of what Arizona needs to get rid of,  including that train-wreck of a Governor, most of the State Legislature, and the 2 State Senators.

  3. Sherrif Joe is doing it right!  Illegals must go back from where you came and try working within them system instead of clogging it.  The reason for the crime spike in Maricopa County is due to the large amouont of illegals that are concentrated there.  Check out all of the drop houses and (DUH) why there are so many hispanic arrested.

  4. This information has been in the limelight for a long time, but nothing has been done to stop this megalomaniac.  All you have to do is hear him speak and know
    he is not a stable man…yet he still remains in power.

  5. Sheriff Joe is a HERO! He is doing what others fear. Our only hope is to keep him for many years.
    And, WTF is health care on here for? Get out of here with your transformation junk. Also white collar crime doesn’t permeate anything.

    • U should go apply to be a sheriff or C.O in maricopa county. Im sure you and those other lunatics(including your daddy Joe)  will have a great time being hateful, miserable men/women(Losers).

  6. lol how can anyone honestly defend this retards actions. I don’t even think this man is sane. Misspending money, Being sued for millions, using his power to intimidate and arrests political opponents, making women give birth while handcuffed????????????????????????? and someone has the fearlessness to say he’s doing the right thing!!!!!! I think some people are just hateful and will put up with all his other B.S just so he can go after “illegals”, how the heck can anyone be illegal to this planet. WE DON’T OWN ANYTHING, PEOPLE ARE BORN AND DIE AND NEVER OWN CRAP.

  7. To the “Three Sonorans…”

    Please Read – http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=479108
    Mexican reporter killed in Michoacan

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=131210&sectionid=351020406
    3rd Filipino reporter killed in a week

    http://tech.mit.edu/V122/N6/pearl.6w.html
    Video Shows Journal Reporter Killed by Pakistani Kidnappers

    Sheriff Joe is standing up for your rights, and our rights… and that is what it has been proven time and again that he and his office do…

    IT IS TIME THAT THE NEWS MEDIA STEP UP TO THE OUTRAGE THAT ILLEGAL IMMAGRANTS ARE TRASHING OUR COUNTRY.  A legal green card program needs to be expanded.  Law biding people of Mexico are welcome here as friends and workers. ILLEGAL visitors are no more welcome here than ILLEGAL U.S. entrants to Mexico. 

     The U.S. Government has a responsibility to its LEGAL CITIZENS… to “Ensure Domestic Tranquility”  The intentional act that the Federal government is doing to ignore illegal immigration is unconstitutional and it is a States Right to protect its LEGAL citizens.

  8. I am a retired law enforcement officer from Calif.  Unlike many in our liberal state, the law enforcement officers that I know, and have worked with applaud the sheriff for his tough stand on crime.  Our weak legislatures would not dare purpose such “torture” such as having to abide by stringent rules. The man has the guts to follow what the law prescribes.  Warrants not served.  Maybe not.  Did you ever think that his staff is too busy dealing with those who have already committed crimes in front of his officers to take priority?  Shall we let them go and just clean up the warrants?  Get a life!  Move to Texas and see how far you get. For those who want warrants served, get hold of the county administrators and get the sheriff more personnel.  I am sure the sheriff will be glad to clean up that job as well.So, to Sheriff Joe, Keep up the good work.  You have the support by many, as does your Governor.  Thank God, one state actually follows the Constitution and believes in state’s rights.  God Bless Arizona.

  9. Unfortunately, the illegal Mexicans and the legal Mexicans close to the border are of the same mindset. Obviously, many legal Americans of Mexican decent are good at milking the welfare system and have crated a stampede of illegals who are greedy and salivate at the idea of manipulating the U.S welfare system. It’s unecessary for this rediculous paper to publish the garbage that portrays Sheriff Arpio as a hog. It just goes to show that, illegals and many hispanics have no respect for the law. In turn, running away from Mexico at a time when your country needs you is cowardice.

  10. He sounds like a bully, pure and simple.  He must have some “soul”mates in the New Orleans PD (assuming, of course, that he has a soul).  Or pals, at least.
    This country belonged to native Americans before whites ever got here.  After that, Sheriff Arpaio’s “turf” belonged to Spain, and then Mexico.  Whites are pretty arrogant to think we have a Godgiven right to this land.    Maybe if our big corporations quit robbing people in Third World countries, and we hadn’t destroyed Mexican farmers with NAFTA, Latinos wouldn’t try to come here in the first place.  We need to see that “we” are causing most of the problems, not only in Arizona, but all over the globe.   I have known many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans and they are good, hard-working family people.  They want a better life for themselves and their children.  We need to get over the hate that infects people like Sheriff Arpaio and his ilk, and try to be the “Christian” nation we pretend to be.  I think the rest of the world will quit hating Americans when we do.

    • Anybody who has the nerve to condemn Joe Arpaio for the excellent job he is doing is a lowlife.  Those who are not Mexican that criticize Joe Arpaio are likely to have an illegal alien working for them and the thought of losing them is devastating.  People, get a clue or if your family gets kidnapped or killed by an illegal alien I don’t want to hear you piss and moan.  Visit http://welovejoearpaio.com

  11. I think we should give the southwest back to Mexico.Twice we sent ambassadors and offered to buy their land. Of course they said no.A few years later we invade them.On condition for peace was they sell their land.What other country that you know of sells their land after being invaded.One rule of christianity is love thy neighbor.The only love we showed Mexico is we love to scr d them.
     
     

  12. Anybody who has the nerve to condemn Joe Arpaio for the excellent job he is doing is a lowlife.  Those who are not Mexican that criticize Joe Arpaio are likely to have an illegal alien working for them and the thought of losing them is devastating.  People, get a clue or if your family gets kidnapped or killed by an illegal alien I don’t want to hear you piss and moan.  Visit http://welovejoearpaio.com

  13. Arpaio’s reign has been needlessly costly to the taxpayer, and despite his efforts the homicide rate has increased 167 percent, according to analysis by the conservative Goldwater Institute (1).

    Officers in Maricopa County act with vigilantism and unprofessional conduct. In one instance, a homeowner was accidentally shot six times by Phoenix PD officers, who then loaded him onto the hood of their squad car and drove him down the street (2). In another case, MCSO SWAT officers burned down a house in a raid, killed the homeowner’s dog by driving it back into the burning house, laughed about killing the dog and then accidentally crushed a neighbor’s car with their armored vehicle (3).

    Arpaio’s jail conditions are atrocious. Arpaio admitted to allowing loose rebar in his Tent City jail so that inmates could injure one another. According to a judge’s ruling, “the Sheriff admitted knowing about, and in fact intentionally designing, some conditions at Tent City that created a substantial risk of inmate violence.” (4) 20-year-old Jeremy Flanders, serving a one-year sentence for burglary, was beaten severely with rebar during his stint in Tent City (5). Safety is certainly not a priority in Arpaio’s lock-up; in 2003, 40-year-old Phillip Wilson was beaten to death in Tent City by members of the Aryan Brotherhood (6).

    Inmates aren’t the only thing dangerous about Arpaio’s administration. Inmates are routinely denied access to necessary medical procedures. In one instance, staff were so dismissive of an inmate’s pain complaints at the Estrella Jail that she had a miscarriage (7), which could have been prevented by more attentive medical treatment. That in 2005, county health inspectors found the water well in the facility where pregnant women were held found to be filled with mice feces probably didn’t help.

    Deborah Braillard, a diabetic 46-year-old mother arrested for nonviolent crimes, languished from diabetic complications for four days in an Arpaio lock-up. Jail staff refused to give her insulin, despite the fact she had been administered insulin on a previous visit to the jail, and thus most likely appeared as a diabetic in the jail’s digital database. She died shortly thereafter. (8)

    Feces in the water, though? Surely that’s an isolated problem. But reasons such as these are why in 2008 “the National Commission on Correction Health Care withdrew the health accreditation of Maricopa County’s jails,” according to The New Yorker (9). Maricopa County receives a yearly Jail Enhancement Fund of nearly $2 million. Shouldn’t these funds be used to make the conditions more sanitary and humane? Not according to Arpaio, who has allowed more than $400,000 to be spent on trips to Vegas and parties for his employees (10).

    Health problems aren’t the only killer in Arpaio’s jurisdiction. In 2002 40-year-old Brian Crenshaw, who was legally blind and mentally disabled, was arrested on shoplifting charges. Crenshaw, who was on anti-depressants, was not allowed access to them during his stay in Arpaio’s custody. In 2003 a verbal altercation broke out, and Crenshaw was savagely beaten by guards and placed in solitary confinement. His intestines were torn, he suffered a broken neck and his toes were smashed. He was left alone in his cell for six days, fell into a coma and died a month later. Arpaio’s office claims the injuries were a result of falling out of his 4′ 2″ bunk. The County eventually shelled out $2 million. (11)

    Isolated incident of guard brutality? Hardly. Richard Post was arrested for possessing one gram of marijuana. Once incarcerated, Post pounded on his door to demand a catheter to urinate with. This might sound weird if you don’t consider the fact that Post was a wheelchair-bound paraplegic. Arpaio’s men put Post in a restraint chair and tightened him in with so much trauma it broke his neck. He may never use his arms again. Incidentally, this occurred the same night that inmate Jane Olsen was beaten in a restraint chair. This wasn’t the chair’s only use, either. Federal investigators told Arpaio to halt the chair’s use in April 1997, but he continued. (12) In June of that year Scott Norberg died as Arpaio’s men held him the chair and stuffed his mouth with towels. The resulting settlement cost the county more than $8 million. (13) Amnesty International has also condemned the chair’s use. (14) Speaking of, I wonder if justice will come to the 48-year-old woman who died last year after being left in the heat in a metal punishment cage? (15)

    These deaths, and their eventual lawsuits and settlements, have chiseled away the county’s rapidly depleting funds — amounts of money Arpaio blatantly lies about (16). Joe’s hubris knows no bounds. He is a man who, in 1999, faked his own assassination attempt (17). It was perhaps no surprise from the man who, when elected in 1992, signed a notarized promise that he’d only serve one term (18). Never mind the fact that Arpaio had two journalists critical of him arrested in the dead of the night on trumped up charges that were later dropped (19).

    His hubris seems to carry over to his close staff, as well. Arpaio’s henchman, Maricopa County DA Andy Thomas, once caught editing his own Wikipedia article, tried to pursue child pornography charges with a sentence of up to 90 years against a 16-year-old who showed a Playboy to his friends. The boy struck a plea bargain and is a registered sex offender (20).

    Arpaio’s rule has destroyed lives, torn apart families, squandered taxpayer money and undermined legitimate democratic opposition. He is not worthy of the office he holds.

    1. http://www.goldwaterinstitute.org/Common/Img/Mission%20Unaccomplished.pdf

    2. http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/09/23/Family_Says_911_Tape_Caught_Cops_Planning_Cover-Up_After_Shooting.htm

    3. http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2004-08-05/news/dog-day-afternoon/full

    4. http://www.cofad1.state.az.us/opinionfiles/cv/cv010239.pdf

    5. http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1996-06-06/news/tent-city-beating-is-nearly-fatal/

    6. https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/%28S%28jhzl5wjkxdecin552cl5xc45%29%29/displayNews.aspx?newsid=45&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

    7. http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2008-10-30/news/arpaio-s-jail-staff-cost-ambrett-spencer-her-baby-and-she-s-not-the-only-one/

    8. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/05/31/20090531chs-braillard.html

    9. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/07/20/090720fa_fact_finnegan

    10. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/08/02/20090802jailenhancement0802.html

    11. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0115settlement0115.html

    12. http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1997-01-23/news/jailers-show-a-paraplegic-who-s-boss/1

    13. http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1999-01-14/news/the-8-million-victim/

    14. http://www.laprogressive.com/rankism/inside-joe-arpaio-arizona-deputy-calls-him-a-disgrace-to-the-department/

    15. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/5665038/inmate-dies-in-heat-exposed-cage/

    16. http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2008/05/sheriff_joe_arpaio_told_a.php

    17. http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1999-08-05/news/the-plot-to-assassinate-arpaio/

    18. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/1103arpaio1104.html

    19. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/05/business/media/05carr.html?pagewanted=1

    20. http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=2791529&page=1about 6 months ago · Report

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