Posts tagged Maricopa county
Posts tagged Maricopa county
Maricopa County, WTF?
"Seagal, best known for his roles in movies such as ‘Above the Law’ and ‘Under Siege,’ will lead training on hand-to-hand defense tactics, among other techniques, drawing from his expertise in martial arts, according to a sheriff’s office news release… Arpaio says other notable people also have joined his more than 3,000-strong volunteer armed posse, including ‘The Incredible Hulk’ star Lou Ferrigno and actor Peter Lupus of TV’s ‘Mission: Impossible.’"
I can’t with this posse shit… I can’t take anyone seriously who says they’ve got a posse. However, Arpaio’s antics, civil rights violations, and reelection force us to pay attention. Unelected, he’s your weird uncle that rants about immigrants and thoroughly enjoys Chuck Norris, guns, and Mad Dog 20/20. Elected, he’s dangerous.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a recent interview with the Arizona Republic regarding his sixth term as sheriff.
Did anyone just flash back to professional blowhard Donald Trump talking about how he gets along great with “the blacks?” It’s like they employ the same subtly racist, drunken uncle to write their talking points. Or they just do it themselves.
And note Arpaio is in his SIXTH term in a county with a large Hispanic and Latino population, and he says, Boy, I’d sure like to meet some Hispanics! He’s met Hispanic people, we all know that. The only back room Arpaio prefers to meet Hispanics in is a holding cell of the Maricopa County Jail. And instead of a beer, it’s the business end of a baton and a rotten bologna sandwich. Just Google “Joe Arpaio” and “civil rights lawsuit” – it’s enough reading to keep you occupied for weeks.
I have a solution: Stop voting this old racist into office, clean house staff-wise, and I have a feeling ethnic and race relations in Maricopa County will improve.
In Joe Arpaio’s Arizona, a six-year-old child falls under his jurisdiction as a criminal, instead of a minor in need of care from Child Protective Services:
Maricopa County Sheriff Office deputies arrested a 6-year-old suspected illegal immigrant Friday, the day President Barack Obama softened the country’s deportation policy toward young illegal immigrants.
The girl was with 15 other people believed to be in the country illegally who were traveling to the Midwest and northeast United States, said Chris Hegstrom, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office…
The whereabouts of the girl’s parents or other caretakers is unknown. All of the people traveling with her claimed to know nothing about the girl.
"Where was she going? What are they going to do with her? We’re trying to get to the bottom of this right now," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.
All of the other suspected illegal immigrants, who claimed to be from Mexico, were booked into jail.
"We enforce the human-smuggling laws here," Arpaio said. "Every chance I can get to take action on my own without turning them over to ICE, I do. Especially with the new policy the president has."
I fear any action that Arpaio takes “on his own” — keep in mind, he’s the target of a Department of Justice lawsuit over abuses towards inmates and residents of Arizona, particularly those with brown skin. And it sounds like he arrested this six-year-old girl out of spite over Obama’s new policy towards young undocumented immigrants.
For Sheriff Joe:
Well, Arizona, all your crimes are now solved, thanks to Sheriff Joe.
Well, Sheriff Joe Arpaio went and did it. He’s using taxpayer’s dollars to investigate a settled question, and it’s difficult to argue racism is not playing a part. From ThinkProgress:
The lawman is… willing to use official resources to pursue the bogus conspiracy theory. As birther website WorldNetDaily gleefully reported:
Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told WND he has assigned a five-member “Cold Case Posse” to investigate the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
The decision, he says, is simply a matter of doing his duty.
Arpaio’s investigation comes in response to a complaint filed by the Surprise, Arizona Tea Party, which alleges that Obama may be using a forged birth certificate…
The Cold Case Posse is an officially-sponsored all-volunteer group of people with skills and backgrounds that make them qualified to investigate cases. The group has been inactive in recent months due to “budgetary limitations within the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office,” but apparently a wild goose chase looking into the veracity of the president’s birth certificate is an appropriate use of funds.
Arpaio is, of course, claiming that politics did not come into play regarding his decision. He’s just doing his duty. So why does he consider it his duty to cater to the Tea Party versus not misappropriating taxpayer dollars? Turns out there’s a lot Arpaio considers his duty that’s outside the bounds of common sense. Here’s a short list:
The Tea Party’s very own Sheriff Joe Arpaio — famous for his pink panty fetish and for leading a department full of human traffickers — on Wednesday night met with “more than 325 people” (!) who fear that Barack Obama will try to run on 2012 ballots in Arizona’s Maricopa County using a fake birth certificate. Oh yes.
The Surprise Tea Party Patriots™ handed Sheriff Joe a petition with 242 signatures. Joe said he’ll “probe” the issue (with tax payer’s money), and keep Maricopa County free of forged document-wielding illegal aliens.
Awesome! Sheriff Joe is proud of providing such a low standard of health care and sustenance to his inmates that he was ordered by the federal appellate court to improve conditions within the jail because of substantial 8th Amendment violations. One reason Arpaio cites for providing food like moldy bread is that it saves the taxpayers money. Truthfully, he’s cost Arizona taxpayers quite a bit in litigation costs and civil rights suits.
And now, with trying to ‘probe’ whether or not Barack Obama is going to run in Maricopa County (and, ostensibly, the rest of the country) with a false birth certificate, he’s prepared to further misuse taxpayer dollars. If you wrote this as a movie, no producer would touch it - it’s that ridiculous. However, welcome to the reality shared by much of the Tea Party and Sheriff Joe.