It’s about damn time that somebody took this rampaging moron, Joe Arpaio, to task for the unending string of civil-rights violations he’s unleashed on the even dumber Maricopa County, Arizona citizens.
“Führer” Joe Arpaio
Sorry folks, you voted in this vile, degrading vermin into office. He relishes the attention, is always quick with a short-sighted opinion, and is proud of the fact that he runs STATE OWNED facilities like concentration camps. He lauds the fact that substandard housing, facilities and meals are served the STATE OWNED jail with which he’s been entrusted.
Now the self-proclaimed “Toughest Sheriff in America” is under fire from the Mayor, the Press, and soon enough the US Government….and it’s about time. His unchecked violations of the Constitutional Rights of US Citizens has come full circle to bite him firmly on his backside.
Seems his obsession with illegal immigration has caused him and his staff to ignore tens of thousands of outstanding felony warrants sitting in the office collecting dust, while he goes out to grandstand an illegals round-up to garner some news coverage…..while clearly racially profiling right in the face of the Arizona Citizenry.
I’m immediately suspicious of anyone who has to proclaim themselves anything. Does this fool think he’s the reincarnation of Buford T. Pusser? From the looks of it, he more closely resembles Jackie Gleason in Smokey and the Bandit.
Now, in an incredibly baffling move, Arpaio is set to run for his 5th term this November, having posted some 12,000 petition signatures to get his name on the ballot. Arpaio is a Republican, although one party source has stated, “Joe’s an embarrassment to Arizona, the Republican Party, and our Nation. You probably won’t see John (McCain) seeking HIS endorsement!”. Perhaps Sheriff Joe got some of the illegals he’s rounded up to sign petition forms for him…..or perhaps there are just 12,000 people in Arizona who simply don’t know any better.
Democrat Dan Saban is running against Arpaio in November. This writer and this organization firmly endorse Mr. Saban for Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff…..and not just because anyone, even Elmo from Sesame Street would be more effective in reducing crime in Phoenix.
Chief Dan Saban
I call upon Mr. Saban to end the nationally-embarassing “Tent City” which Arpaio shows off with so much pride, and end the needlessly harsh and overbearing tactics used in the County’s Jails. Do the Peoples’ business, clear the enormous warrant backlog, and preserve both peace AND dignity in the process.
While I’m certain that Chief Saban won’t agree with everything we’ve said (and we contacted him for a comment, but have not yet gotten a reply), we’re sure the new “Sheriff Dan” will do right by Maricopa.
We didn’t, however, bother contacting Arpaio for a comment. We’ve already heard too many from him as it is.
In the meantime, we’ll sit here and wait – sooner or later anyone speaking out about Joe Arpaio gets a visit from someone – operatives, random Mexican enforcers, or maybe even Joe himself.
Just be forewarned – this ain’t Arizona, and Mobius ain’t wearing pink.
Phoenix mayor asks FBI to check sheriffArticle Launched: 04/13/2008 12:47:27 PM MDTPHOENIX—The mayor wants the FBI to investigate whether the local county sheriff has violated any civil rights laws with his recent high-profile crackdowns on illegal immigrants.The “saturation patrols” have drawn protests from civil rights and immigrant-rights advocates, but they have drawn support from backers of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and from people who believe the government hasn’t done enough against illegal immigration.
In an April 4 letter to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Mayor Phil Gordon asked the agency and the Justice Department’s civil rights division to examine what he called discriminatory harassment and improper stops, searches, and arrests by sheriff’s deputies in Maricopa County, which encompasses the metropolitan area.
“Over the past few weeks, Sheriff Arpaio’s actions have infringed on the civil rights of our residents,” Gordon wrote. “They have put our residents’ well-being, and the well-being of law enforcement officers, at risk.”
Justice Department officials said they would review Gordon’s letter but declined to comment further.
Arpaio said it’s ironic that Gordon wrote the letter the same day U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials observed his deputies arresting residents and illegal immigrants in the town of Guadalupe and approved of the sheriff’s work.
“I think the mayor is disconnected from the people he represents and he doesn’t get the point,” Arpaio said Saturday. “Now he’s going to Washington to confuse the issue and try to get the public against me.”
The mayor “is degrading my office and my deputies by insinuating that they’re violating all these civil laws. We don’t profile,” the sheriff said.
In the past month, sheriff’s deputies and trained volunteers have gone into neighborhoods with large Hispanic populations, stopping people for routine traffic violations and asking some of them about their immigration status. Dozens of illegal immigrants have been detained.
ICE officials say Arpaio is not violating the formal agreement he has with their office that allows sheriff’s deputies to enforce immigration laws.
Last week, the Arizona Ecumenical Council and American Jewish Committee issued a joint letter saying the patrols “evoked a ‘police state’ atmosphere” and led to “detainment on the basis of a racial profile and dehumanization of innocent people.”
They were joined Friday by the Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, which echoed calls for a Justice Department investigation.
Village Voice Media Executives Sue Phoenix Sheriff Over Arrest
By E&P Staff
Published: April 30, 2008 12:40 PM ET
CHICAGO Village Voice Media Executive Editor Michael Lacey and CEO Jim Larkin are suing Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other Maricopa County, Ariz., authorities over their arrest last October for publishing details of a grand jury subpoena issued to them for articles in the Phoenix New Times alternative weekly.
The 34-page suit, filed Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, alleges the late-night arrest violated their constitutional rights. In addition to Arpaio, the lawsuit names as defendants the county attorney, Andrew Thomas, and a fired special prosecutor in the case, Dennis Wilenchik, their wives, and unnamed law enforcement officers. The lawsuit also alleges conspiracy, racketeering, and negligence.
Lacey’s and Larkin’s legal troubles began in 2004 when the New Times, which has been a critic of Arpaio for years, published articles about his real estate deals. One of the articles included Arpaio’s home address. After the story was posted online, the two were issued a subpoena by the special prosecutor alleging they had violated a law against publishing the home addresses of law enforcement officers.
“The subpoenas also sought detailed information on hundreds of thousands of private citizens who had visited the New Times’ Web site since 2004, including internet cookies and browsing information on every individual who looked at any story, review, listing, or advertisement,” the lawsuit states. “These unprecedented subpoenas sought the reading and purchasing habits of private citizens, and was clearly aimed at interfering with and/or destroying the business revenues of the newspaper.”
Lacey and Larkin say the sheriff and county attorney conspired to muzzle the New Times criticism of Arpaio.
“They abused their governmental authority by attacking the press, punishing free speech, demeaning the role and function of an impartial prosecutor and an independent judiciary, perverting the grand jury process, and serving notice to citizens who read news online that neither their identities nor their reading habits are safe from the reach of vindictive government officials and their confederates,” the lawsuit states.
The suit alleges that Wilenchik “took on his new role as a criminal prosecutor with all the zeal and ruthlessness that Arpaio and Thomas required, expected, and had paid for.”
In addition, he “engaged in a series of inappropriate, unethical, and unlawful acts that violated the Constitutional and Arizona law rights of the newspaper, its reporters, and those that read The New Times,” the suit states.
On Oct. 18, the News Times published an article about the sweeping subpoena. That night the two Village Voice Media executives were arrested by officers in Arpaio’s “Selective Enforcement Unit,” including some in a car with Mexican license plates.
The arrests caused a public uproar. Wilenchik was fired as special prosecutor, and the charges related to publishing Arpaio’s address were dropped.
Arpaio told The Arizona Republic he “welcomed” the lawsuit.
“They can’t take their own medicine, so they have to be like crybabies and file a lawsuit against the sheriff and the county attorney,” Arpaio said, according to the story by Michael Kiefer. “So you know what? I welcome the lawsuit. I welcome being sued. They’re going to have to answer a lot of questions.”
The lawsuit notes that the newspaper’s conflict with Arpaio goes back for years.
“Arpaio is not tolerant of criticism or questioning,” the lawsuit states. “The few that dare to criticize become targets for retribution by Arpaio and his agents. The history of this dispute (and Defendants’ animus toward Plaintiffs) began in the early 1990s, when The New Times published its first article critical of Sheriff Arpaio. The New Times, thus, became a target for attack by Arpaio.”
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
— 1st Amendment, The Constitution of the United States of America
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