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04-19-2012, 12:38 AM
Sheriff Joe’s world crumbles
The controversial Arizona cop is prepping for a possible trial. But already, his closest allies have fallen
WEDNESDAY, APR 18, 2012 10:52 AM EDT
BY JOHN DOUGHERTY
PHOENIX–With fresh calls for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to face a federal criminal trial, many are predicting the end of his controversial career. What few people realize outside metropolitan Phoenix is how much Arpaio’s world has already fallen apart around him.
One-by-one, Arpaio’s closest allies have been forced from power or severed support, leaving the combative 79-year-old sheriff seeking his sixth term increasingly isolated and vulnerable as emboldened foes sharpen their attacks.
The latest Arpaio political supporter to fall is former Maricopa County attorney Andrew Thomas, who was disbarred April 10 for engaging in unethical conduct to intimidate and smear his and Arpaio’s political adversaries.
A stinging 247-page opinion written by a three-member Arizona state Supreme Court disciplinary panel supporting the disbarment ruling also concluded there was “beyond reasonable doubt” that Thomas had violated federal civil rights laws.
While Thomas, a Republican, has not been criminally charged, the opinion made it crystal clear that his unethical and allegedly illegal conduct was the result of his “unholy collaboration” with Arpaio, also a Republican, to use their law enforcement powers to retaliate against critics.
Thomas and an assistant prosecutor, Lisa Aubuchon, were disbarred for violating perjury and intimidation laws when they filed criminal charges against Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe and two county supervisors, Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley.
All three of the criminal cases, filed in 2008 and 2009, were later dismissed for lack of evidence and conflict of interest issues.
The Supreme Court panel’s opinion stated that evidence indicated Arpaio had conspired with Thomas and Aubuchon to file the charges against the judge and two supervisors.
The Thomas disbarment opinion comes at the same time the Department of Justice has been conducting a three-year grand jury criminal investigation into allegations that Arpaio abused his power to go after opponents. And the federal grand jury criminal investigation is running parallel to a DOJ civil rights violations probe into claims that Arpaio’s deputies routinely targeted Latinos for arrest in an effort to round up and deport illegal immigrants.
Arpaio’s critics are now seizing on the Thomas disbarment opinion to put pressure on DOJ to bring criminal charges against Arpaio, or walk away.
“We draw your attention to the Bar’s findings which indicate that Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio worked in concert to commit the crimes for which Mr. Thomas has, to a degree, been held accountable,” states a letter sent Monday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, signed by four former Arizona elected officials and prosecutors.
In the letter, former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, former U.S. attorney for Arizona Paul Charlton, former Maricopa County attorney Rick Romley and former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard requested that DOJ bring an indictment or dismiss the drawn-out case.
“I think it is time to make that decision,” Charlton, who was a George W. Bush appointee, stated in an email. “I have been a vocal critic of Sheriff Arpaio. But there comes a time when an investigation must come to an end. It is appropriate (for) DOJ to go forward now, or explain why it cannot.”
Thomas’ disbarment comes six months after Arpaio’s closest ally in the state Legislature was recalled from office. Angry voters ousted former Senate President Russell Pearce for his leading role in passing Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB1070. Pearce and Arpaio have a long history of working closely together. Pearce was once Arpaio’s chief deputy and is credited with coming up with the idea 20 years ago of housing thousands of county inmates in tents.
Maricopa County’s “Tent City” jails propelled Arpaio to national prominence and for years helped make him Arizona’s most popular elected official. Pearce delivered another powerful political tool to Arpaio in 2010 by passing SB1070, which gave local law enforcement more power to enforce federal immigration laws. Arpaio seized on this and began a series of high-profile criminal sweeps in largely Latino neighborhoods rounding up thousands of illegal immigrants.
The roundups triggered the DOJ civil-rights investigation of MCSO’s operations that found serious violations outlined in a report released last December. Negotiations between DOJ and MCSO to resolve the civil rights issues broke off last week, and DOJ is widely expected to file a civil suit against the department in the near future.
Behind the scenes, Arpaio has also quietly lost the support of a longtime political ally in Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Last December, under pressure from Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, Napolitano terminated an agreement with MCSO that gave the department access to the immigration status of detainees that could lead to their deportation.
Until then, Napolitano, a Democrat, rarely challenged Arpaio’s authority, even while she served as the U.S. attorney for Arizona (1993-1998), the Arizona attorney general (1998-2002) and as Arizona governor (2003-2009).
In her last days as a U.S. attorney in October 1998, Napolitano signed an agreement with Arpaio that ended a DOJ investigation into jail operations in the wake of several inmate deaths. Arpaio later appeared in a television commercial praising Napolitano during the 2002 gubernatorial election when she narrowly defeated Republican Matt Salmon.
As governor, Napolitano could have shut down Arpaio’s Tent City jails by ordering the state Fire Marshal not to renew waivers of state regulations prohibiting the housing of people in tents beyond six months, but never did.
Arpaio has also lost key support staff within his office, including his longtime chief deputy David Hendershott, who was fired last year for his role in an unfolding Arpaio campaign finance scandal that is the subject of another federal criminal investigation. For years, Hendershott oversaw operations in MCSO and was involved in initiating criminal investigations of Arpaio’s critics, including an Arpaio opponent in the 2004 Republican primary.
The highly publicized fall of Thomas, Pearce and Hendershott, along with eroding support from other powerful politicians such as Napolitano, combined with loud demands for a federal indictment have many believing that Arpaio’s two-decade reign will come to an end.
“We are witnessing the end of the Joe Show,” says prominent Phoenix attorney Michael Manning, who requested a federal civil rights investigation of the sheriff in 2008. “I believe he will be indicted within the next 30 days.”
But even a federal criminal indictment may not work against Arpaio in the upcoming general election, where he is expected to face an independent and Democratic candidates. Despite the steady drumbeat of news reports of serious problems within Arpaio’s sheriff’s office, there hasn’t been a huge public outcry demanding he step down.
“The groundswell of people coming out protesting, we haven’t seen it,” says Randy Parraz, a community activist who led the Russell Pearce recall effort. “It’s a mystery. Anywhere else with this kind of stuff, he wouldn’t survive.”
John Dougherty is a freelance journalist who worked for 13 years for Phoenix New Times where he frequently reported on the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. He's a former staff writer for the Phoenix Gazette, Dayton Daily News, Half Moon Bay Review and East Valley (AZ) Tribune. He's also been a contributor to the New York Times and Washington Post, and can be emailed at email@example.com.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Last week, the Supreme Court’s disciplinary panel decided unanimously that Thomas and Aubuchon had violated enough ethics rules that they should lose their law licenses. But the panelists also made it clear in their 247-page ruling that they believed the sheriff was very much at the center of the wrongdoing. Arpaio’s name appeared 48 times in the document.
Part of the ruling focused on a Dec. 8, 2009 meeting that involved the two prosecutors, the sheriff and his No. 2 man, Chief Deputy David Hendershott.
<span style="color: #3333FF">They were meeting to discuss what to do about Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, who was scheduled to hold a hearing the next day about whether the prosecutors should be allowed to continue investigating their fellow county officials. The foursome were afraid, according to the ruling, that Donahoe would rule against them.
During testimony before the panel, <span style='font-size: 14pt'>Arpaio’s longtime chief deputy said the sheriff was the one who first came up with the idea of charging the judge with a crime to force him off the case. The others agreed, Hendershott said. The next day, the prosecutors filed a criminal charges against the judge, accusing him of bribery, obstruction of justice and hindering a prosecution.</span>
<span style='font-size: 17pt'>The prosecutors brought the charges “without a shred of evidence that Donahoe had committed any crime,” the ruling said.</span> Starting on page 216, it revealed even more:</span> </div></div>
link (http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/sheriff_joe_arpaio_evidence_crime_thomas.php?ref=f pnewsfeed)
Lets hope he gets 10 years in his own prison camp and his own set of pink underwear.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The controversial Arizona cop is prepping for a possible trial. But already, his closest allies have fallen
</div></div>Very few people have a heart and love for this country like Sheriff Joe. Once the "heat" comes on strong most people will fade away. I am glad he has always stood his ground.
If this is all true then, sure it is a black eye on the Sheriff but all in all he has done great work out there. Punish him if guilty, I have never had a problem with that but I still agree with most of the things he has tried to do.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body">If this is all true then, sure it is a black eye on the Sheriff but all in all he has done great work out there.
As usual, you pulled that claim out of where the sun don't shine. Arpaio has been a disaster.
JUST for starters.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Less than two weeks after Citizens for a Better Arizona announced their intent to form the nation's first ever "Citizens Posse" to hold infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio accountable for gross abuses of power and civil rights violations, an alarming new investigation just released by the Associated Press has found that hundreds of reported sex crimes, including child molestation, have fallen through the cracks of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio may have found time to set up a new posse to check President Obama's birth certificate, launch an armed "air posse" to hunt down migrants from the sky, and stroll the New Hampshire streets with failing Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry last week, but the sheriff's office <span style='font-size: 26pt'>"failed to follow through," according to the AP, on at least "32 reported child molestations -- with victims as young as 2 years old."
In truth, reports on<span style='font-size: 26pt'> Arpaio's extraordinary incompetence and oversight on sexual abuse cases have been well-documented for months </span>-- an ABC15 investigation earlier in the spring noted that "children who had the courage to come forward and say they were molested, raped or abused were simply ignored by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detectives." </div></div>
Obviously that's all news to you.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">As usual, you pulled that claim out of where the sun don't shine. Arpaio has been a disaster.
JUST for starters.
</div></div>As usual, your response is stupid. LOL, I did not pull any claim out of anywhere. I was responding to the claim you made, idiot.
04-19-2012, 02:13 PM
A law enforcement officer who falsely charges public officials (such as judges) in order to cause their removal from interfering with his wrongful actions or for partisan political reasons is a menace and a disgrace to his office, and regardless of whatever personal or professional qualities he may otherwise have in any one else's opinion, he does not belong in any official capacity that he can likewise further abuse.
Two disbarred attorney colleagues tells the story fairly well, and this guy can't join them in his downfall quickly enough, if justice and proper administration of public office has the slightest consideration.
04-19-2012, 04:31 PM
The Notorious Record of Joe Arpaio (http://amvoice.3cdn.net/c071bb81187427552b_tqm6iil1s.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:
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
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.
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.”
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
04-19-2012, 05:30 PM
Some people are such authoritarian emotional cripples that any authoritarian attitude, statement or policy stokes that need for abuse or seeing someone abused, in them, or something.
Cf: the swooning over authoritarian bully punk Chris Christie, who is so little in control of his own appetites (literally) that he is a) morbidly obese, and b) needing to kick children and small animals and c) powerless people, to prove he's a man.
I'm guessing low self esteem, and an inferiority complex, mainly, leading to fear and loathing (projected outside, from self-loathing).
Gayle in MD
04-20-2012, 12:31 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">A law enforcement officer who falsely charges public officials (such as judges) in order to cause their removal from interfering with his wrongful actions or for partisan political reasons is a menace and a disgrace to his office, and regardless of whatever personal or professional qualities he may otherwise have in any one else's opinion, he does not belong in any official capacity that he can likewise further abuse.
Two disbarred attorney colleagues tells the story fairly well, and this guy can't join them in his downfall quickly enough, if justice and proper administration of public office has the slightest consideration.
Your very accurate statements above bring back memories of Sara Palin.
Statements about NJ governor ring true as well. Bully is the perfect word, and IIRC, until we had that bully out there acting like a bully, and showing his ass regularly, and being praised by the RW NUTJOBS for his poor bahavior, we weren't hearing that word on any regular basis.
As is always the case, the right has since been using the word, "Bully" to describe our President, their usual political tactic, accuse the left of what is true of the right.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">A law enforcement officer who falsely charges public officials (such as judges) in order to cause their removal from interfering with his wrongful actions or for partisan political reasons is a menace and a disgrace to his office, and regardless of whatever personal or professional qualities he may otherwise have in any one else's opinion, he does not belong in any official capacity that he can likewise further abuse.
</div></div>Then we are in agreement that if he is found guilty he should be charged. You spent a lot of hot air saying exactly the same thing.
04-20-2012, 05:00 PM
He's guilty enough that he should be charged.
When found guilty, he should be sentenced to prison. Realistically, as soon as any charge is brought, he should step down or be removed from the discharge of his office.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">You spent a lot of hot air saying exactly the same thing.
Not even close. What you said was,
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">If this is all true then, <span style='font-size: 20pt'>sure it is a black eye</span> on the Sheriff <u>but all in all he has done great work out there. </u>
A black eye! Geez!
Your hero spent half his time rounding up Latino's and the other half persecuting his political opponents. Meanwhile kids were being abused and wives were getting beaten because your hero had other priorities!
You don't get 2,700 lawsuits against you for nothing. <span style='font-size: 14pt'>When your right hand man gets disbarred and you are under DOJ investigation, there is no 'if' any more.</span>
Sheriff Joe is a thoroughly despicable excuse for a human being. He relished in punishment and humiliation.
04-21-2012, 01:09 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">He's guilty enough that he should be charged.
When found guilty, he should be sentenced to prison. Realistically, as soon as any charge is brought, he should step down or be removed from the discharge of his office. </div></div>
Absolutely! No one, right or left gets a free pass. If you break the law you must face justice.
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