The Real Sheriff Joe

The Real Sheriff Joe

While Joe Arpaio spends his time pursuing worthless investigations and calling press confrences, the trial on his racial profiling activites begins this week. Don't believe the misdirection. Arpaio wants to distract voters and victims from the real travesty: his leadership. 

We've compiled a list of what's really happening in the world of Joe Arpaio. 



Arpaio Had Been Under Investigation By A Federal Grand Jury For Possible Abuses Of Power In Launching Investigations Of Local Officials Who Disagree With Him. “A federal grand jury is investigating Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff known for his aggressive stance on illegal immigration, for possible abuses of power in launching investigations of local officials who disagree with him, authorities said Friday. Two Maricopa County officials have been subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury to testify about Arpaio's actions against county officials since they moved to cut his budget in late 2008.” [LA Times, 1/9/10]

CNN: The Justice Department Civil Rights Lawyers Filed Suit Against Arpaio After Talks Collapsed On A Deal To Provide Federal Investigators With Documents Pertaining To Alleged Discrimination Against Hispanics By Arpaio’s Law Enforcement Officials. “Justice Department civil rights lawyers filed suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona on Thursday after talks collapsed on a deal to provide federal investigators with documents they requested. The suit, filed in federal court in Phoenix, Arizona, claims the Maricopa County sheriff has failed to cooperate with the investigation into alleged discrimination against Hispanics by Arpaio's law enforcement officials. The Justice Department expressed dismay at the sheriff's office's ‘refusal to cooperate with the investigation.’ ‘The actions of the sheriff's office are unprecedented,’ said Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, chief of the Civil Rights Division. ‘It is unfortunate that the (Justice) Department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities.’” [CNN,

LA Times: Arpaio Has Used His Deputies To Enforce Federal Immigration Law And Is Known For Sending Hundreds Of Officers Into Heavily Latino Neighborhoods To Ask Anyone Who Commits Violations As Minor As Jaywalking About Their Immigration Status. “Arpaio uses his deputies to enforce federal immigration law and is known for sending hundreds of officers into heavily Latino neighborhoods to ask anyone who commits violations as minor as jaywalking about their immigration status. Among the officials targeted by Arpaio and Thomas has been Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, the lone Democrat on the board, for possible conflict of interest.” [LA Times,

GQ: Arpaio Had Utilized A Bush-Era Immigration Policy To Initiate Local “Crime Suppression Sweeps” In Hispanic Neighborhoods Regardless Of Whether They Had Committed A Crime. “After the Bush-era Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency allowed local officers to arrest anyone not caring documentation (regardless of whether they had committed a crime), he started conducting ‘crime suppression sweeps’ in Hispanic neighborhoods. Today, there's a Sheriff-Joe-initiated illegal immigration hotline for Phoenicians to rat out their neighbors, and the ‘To Protect and Serve’ logo on Maricopa County Sheriff's Office vans have been plastered over with ‘Help Sheriff Joe Arpaio Fight Illegal Immigration.’” [GQ, The Vigilante,

Arpaio’s Office Misused At Least $50 Million From A Fund For Jail Operations To Pay For Functions Not Allowed Under Jail-Fund Rules, Such As Salaries For Deputies. “The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office misused at least $50 million from a fund for jail operations, and county supervisors may have to use the general fund to repay the money, top county officials say. Findings by the county's Office of Management and Budget show the Sheriff's Office tapped the money to pay for functions not allowed under jail-fund rules, such as salaries for deputies who worked on public-corruption investigations into county supervisors and judges.” [Arizona Republic,

Arpaio’s Office “Routinely Used County-Issued Credit Cards To Charge Expensive Meals And Stays At Luxury Hotels.” “Separate investigations by The Republic have documented the questionable use of public funds by high-ranking sheriff's officials, who routinely used county-issued credit cards to charge expensive meals and stays at luxury hotels. The Republic also found that another fund meant to improve conditions in county jails was spent by sheriff's officials on out-of-state training, stays at luxury hotels, a staff party at a local amusement park and a $456,000 bus to transport inmates to court. That bus remains parked in a county lot because supervisors have refused to license and insure it, claiming it was illegally purchased.” [Arizona Republic,

Sheriff’s Office CFO Said She Was Pressured By Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Second-In-Command To Approve Charges That Were Not Pre-Approved As Required By Office Policy. “Loretta Barkell, the sheriff's chief financial officer, told The Republic on Thursday that she was pressured by Chief Deputy David Hendershott, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's second-in-command, to approve charges that were not pre-approved as required by office policy. ‘It's not uncommon for travel and expenses of senior officials in the Sheriff's Office to be approved after the fact because the chief deputy lets it happen,’ Barkell said. ‘That's his philosophy, and he allows it, and to hell with any kind of policy.’” [Arizona Republic,

Arpaio: “All Of These People That Come Over” The Border Are “All Dirty” And “Could Come With Disease” And “No One Talks About That!”
“All these people that come over, they could come with disease. There's no control, no health checks or anything. They check fruits and vegetables, how come they don't check people? No one talks about that! They're all dirty.” [GQ, The Vigilante,

Arpaio Directed His “Cold Case Posse” To Look Into President Obama’s Birth Certificate Because “There Could Be A Shock There Somewhere.”
“Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio addressed his 'Cold Case Posse' looking into President Barack Obama's birth certificate at an Arizona tea party meeting with ‘birther queen’ Orly Taitz Tuesday night. Taitz, who conservative outlet WorldNetDaily says flew in from California on short notice, talked for a few minutes about her claim that the president was not born in the United States. The audience applauded her during her speech, and several members stood up at the end. ‘Thanks for your input. We're looking at this very closely,’ said Arpaio. ‘I can't tell you everything, but there could be a shock there somewhere that my guys came up with. I can't talk too much about it. It's in the process.’ Arpaio said to Taitz, ‘There are a couple of things you and nobody else here knows anything about yet that could be a little bit exciting.’” [Huffington Post,

Wall Street Journal: The 9th Circuit Affirmed The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Violated The Constitutional Rights Of Pretrial Detainees By Housing Them In Overcrowded Conditions At “Dangerously High Temperatures” And Feeding Them “Overripe, Moldy, And Generally Inedible” Food.
“Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Arizona is back in the spotlight, this time over the condition of his jails. The self-proclaimed ‘toughest sheriff’ in the country has been told to fix up his jails – again. This week, a federal appeals court agreed with a lower court’s 2008 ruling that had concluded conditions did not meet constitutional minimums. The 9th Circuit affirmed a ruling that Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, violated the constitutional rights of pretrial detainees by housing them in overcrowded conditions, at ‘dangerously high temperatures,’ and feeding them ‘overripe, moldy, and generally inedible’ food, according to this account in Courthouse News.” [Wall Street Journal,

Conditions In Maricopa County’s Jails Failed To Meet Constitutional Standards In Key Areas, Including The Quality Of Food, Inmate Access To Recreation Areas, Temperatures In Which Inmates Taking Psychiatric Medicine Are Held, And The Quality And Availability Of Medical And Mental-Health Care.
“Maricopa County officials have failed to improve medical and mental-health conditions in county jails, 16 months after a federal judge found those conditions unconstitutional, according to a review by U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake. Wake issued a landmark ruling in October 2008 that found conditions in the jails failed to meet constitutional standards in key areas, including the quality of food, inmate access to recreation areas, temperatures in which inmates taking psychiatric medication are held, and the quality and availability of medical and mental-health care. On Wednesday, Wake ruled that expert reports submitted in March found ‘significant areas of failure to comply’ and noted that ‘it appears as though most of the improvements made regarding medical and mental-health services have been those imposing little or no additional cost on defendants.’” [Arizona Republic,

Arpaio Allowed Steven Seagal To Ride In An Armored Vehicle To Execute A Search Warrant In A Major Raid On A Suspected Cockfighting Operation.
“The criticism was just as fierce last month when Mr. Arpaio allowed the actor Steven Seagal to ride in an armored vehicle to execute a search warrant in a major raid on a suspected cockfighting operation. ‘I’ve never seen a bigger spectacle,’ said Robert J. Campos, the lawyer for the accused man, Jesus Llovera. ‘You had Steven Seagal on a tank and a SWAT team swarming a home, but the reality is they arrested an unarmed man.’ Mr. Arpaio said Mr. Seagal was one of his many volunteer posse members who help out deputies. But Mr. Campos said the raid was filmed as part of Mr. Seagal’s reality television show, ‘Lawman,’ on the A&E Network.” [NY Times,

NY Times: Arpaio Created What He Calls His Own Air Force: A Collection Of 30 Private Planes That His “Air Posse” Uses To Track Illegal Immigrants And Drug Smugglers.” “It is not uncommon for law enforcement agencies to have helicopters and planes to patrol from above, but Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, has created what he calls his own air force: a collection of 30 private planes that his ‘air posse’ uses to track illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.” [NY Times,

GQ: Since 2007, Arpaio’s Deputies Have Arrested 33,000 Illegal Aliens But The Sheriff’s Immigration Crackdown Has Coincided With A Surge In Violent Crime And The Accumulation Of Over 40,000 Outstanding Felony Warrants. “Since 2007, Arpaio's deputies have arrested 33,000 illegal aliens (only 300 of whom were picked up on ‘crime suppression sweeps’), but they've failed to catch any drug kingpins, break up any smuggling rings, or stanch the Mexican drug gang violence spilling over the border. (In fact, the sheriff's immigration crackdown has coincided with a surge in violent crime and the accumulation of over 40,000 outstanding felony warrants.)” [GQ, The Vigilante,

Articles of TRUTH

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS: Critics: 'tough' sheriff botched sex-crime cases. Here
  • ARIZONA REPUBLIC EDITORIAL: Citizens suffer in Arpaio's wars. Here
  • LAURIE ROBERTS: Sheriff's 'apology' does 432 victims no good. Here
  • E.J. MONTINI: Sorry, but Joe's not sorry. Here
  • ARIZONA REPUBLIC: More calling on Joe Arpaio to step down over botched sex-crimes case. Here
  • TPM: Grijalva calls for Arpaio to resign over alleged botched sex-crime cases. Here
  • FOX NEWS: Amid calls for his resignation, Arpaio apologizes for the mishandling over 400 sex-crime cases. Here
  • NPR: Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio under fire for mishandled sex-crime cases. Here
  • KSAZ: Online petition calls for Arpaio to resign. Here
  • NEW YORK TIMES: Arpaio is criticized over handling of sex-crimes cases. Here
  • PHOENIX NEW TIMES: Dogpile on Sheriff Arpaio grows over bungled sex-crime cases. Here
  • REUTERS: Arizona senators concerned over sex crime probe. Here
  • PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL: Union joins calls for Arpaio resignation over abuse cases. Here
  • WASHINGTON POST: Arizona’s senators concerned about reports sheriff’s office botched sex-crimes cases. Here
  • KPHO: Guadalupe mulls call for Arpaio's resignation. Here
  • AZ CENTRAL: The Arizona Republic published a series of devastating stories detailing just how badly Arpaio handled more than 400 sex crimes. Here
  • AZ CENTRAL: News of another settlement in a case of an inmate who died in MCSO's care. The county had already spent $1.8 million just to defend itself. Here
  • AZ CENTRAL: Arpaio's week was topped off when the Arizona Republic endorsed Paul Penzone in a scathing editorial that took the incumbent to task for his never-ending attempts for publicity over public safety. Here
  • PENZONE FOR SHERIFF: These developments follow a recent poll that shows the braggart’s popularity has never been lower. Here
  • ABC NEWS: Joe’s antics have even caught the attention of ABC News. Here
  • HUFF POST: Arpaio's history of botched sex crimes investigations led Huffington Post to wonder if a new ad is enough to bring him down. Here
  • ABC 115: The announcement of a 3.25 million settlement between Maricopa County and the family of Deborah Braillard. Here
  • HUFF POST: His financial mismanagement, as well as his wasteful and embarassing birther investigation has been well documented. Here
  • AZ CENTRAL: 400 botched cases of sex crimes have proved time again and again that it's time for a new sheriff. Here
  • AZ CENTRAL: Judge rules that Sheriff Arpaio’s agency engaged in racial profiling. Here
  • NEW YORK TIMES: M.C.S.O.= Most Corrupt Sheriffs Office. Here

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