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Greene Sterling writes: "A few days after the 'Toughest Sheriff in America' oversaw his 60th Latino-harassing raid in the Phoenix area, the Obama administration's top civil-rights lawyer flew to Phoenix and slapped Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office with a monumental civil-rights tort alleging rampant constitutional abuses."

Inmates walk alongside Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix. (photo: Time)
Inmates walk alongside Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix. (photo: Time)



Joe Arpaio Faces a New Sheriff in Town

By Terry Greene Sterling, The Daily Beast

12 May 12

 

few days after the "Toughest Sheriff in America" oversaw his 60th Latino-harassing raid in the Phoenix area, the Obama administration’s top civil-rights lawyer flew to Phoenix and slapped Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office with a monumental civil-rights tort alleging rampant constitutional abuses, including widespread racial profiling of Latinos. The suit also claims the sheriff violated the civil rights of his critics by "illegal retaliation" that included baseless lawsuits and meritless administrative actions.

Now 79, Arpaio claims he’s innocent and dismisses the lawsuit as politicking by the Obama administration in an election year.

"This isn’t about politics," Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the civil-rights division of the Department of Justice, told The Daily Beast during an interview at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix. The lawsuit isn’t about money, either, he said. It’s about changing the culture in the sheriff’s office, putting in place "systems that improve the department and make the community safer."

"This is about public safety," said Perez. "It’s about the Constitution."

The most disturbing allegations made by Team Perez center on violence against Latina women.

In one case, the suit says, a five-months’ pregnant American citizen was stopped as she pulled into her driveway. Officers ordered her to sit on the hood of her car. She refused. They slammed her into the car three times—fetus-side first. Next, they placed the woman in a patrol car without air conditioning for half an hour. She was released and cited with failure to provide identification. Later, the charge was changed to "failure to provide proof of insurance."

In another case, deputies trailed a U.S. citizen to her home, then knocked her to the ground, kneed her in the back and handcuffed her when she tried to run into her house, the suit alleges. They charged her with disturbing the peace. (A judge dismissed the charge.)

In the jails, some Latinos were placed in solitary confinement because they didn’t speak English, the lawsuit says. On some streets, Latinos were nine times more likely to be stopped than non-Latinos. And sheriff’s officials detained dozens of Latinos because "probable cause" included smelling of "strong body odor" or appearing nervous and avoiding eye contact, the lawsuit says.

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a news conference in Phoenix, Jan. 10, 2012 (Matt York / AP Photos)

The Department of Justice first began investigating Arpaio in 2008. In 2010, it sued the sheriff to get documents. In 2011, it accused the sheriff of engaging in rampant racial profiling and proffered a 128-page consent decree that would change the culture in the sheriff’s office. But the sheriff balked at having a monitor, saying "I will not surrender my office to the federal government!"  Five months later, the Justice Department filed the lawsuit. On the night before the suit was filed, Arpaio submitted a plan to bring his office up to civil-rights snuff, but still balked at the monitor idea. Perez said it was too little too late.

The son of politically persecuted Dominican immigrant parents who taught him "always to give back and make sure the ladder is down for everybody," Perez said he believes enforcing civil-rights law is a "solemn and sacred obligation."

A slender, bespectacled man who rarely smiles, Perez doesn’t take the sheriff lightly and doesn’t seem to get sidetracked by Arpaio publicity stunts, such as forcing inmates to wear pink underwear. Instead, Perez likes to say things like: "No one is above the law."

Many Latinos wonder why it took Perez so long to come to their aid. At a yogurt store across from the sheriff’s office in Phoenix, 27-year-old banker Pete Aranda said it’s "not good" when American citizens live with the possibility of getting "pulled over for being brown."

In a statement, Danny Ortega, the chairman of the National Council of La Raza and a Phoenix lawyer, said: "The wheels of justice move slow ... our community has been waiting close to four years for today, with a lawsuit that’s finally filed against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Make no mistake, that our community has been under the cloud of fear for far too long. And this lawsuit in large part validates the fear that we have felt."

The DOJ civil-rights lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, also names Maricopa County as a co-defendant with the sheriff and the sheriff’s office. The reason: the county gets funds from the feds and passes them on to the sheriff.

Perez told The Daily Beast he hasn’t ruled out filing a separate administrative action that seeks to halt federal funding to the county, and the sheriff, because federal money can’t be distributed to organizations that violate the Constitution.

It’s not a lot of money, compared to the overall budget. Last year, the feds gave the county about $155 million. Its total budget was about $2.2 billion. The county, in turn, funneled $5.3 million in federal funds to the sheriff’s office, which operates on a $260 million budget, said Cari Gerchick, a spokeswoman for the county.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has been unwilling and unable to handle their contentious sheriff. But the sheriff is expensive—since he took office in 1993, he’s cost the self-insured county $55.8 million in legal fees.

In part, that’s because they can’t fire him. He’s an elected official. Absent expensive and politically suicidal court actions, the county board of supervisors has remained paralyzed.

"I’m glad the Department of Justice finally took off the gloves," former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, a moderate Republican and Vietnam veteran who first clashed with Arpaio when he decided to investigate and prosecute a wrongful death of an inmate in the jail, told The Daily Beast.

Arpaio "would have me followed," Romley said, and the sheriff’s office filed bar complaints against him, which were subsequently dismissed. Then Arpaio poured "about three quarters of a million dollars" into successfully fighting Romley’s reelection. It’s a common practice, Romley said, for the sheriff to do "anything to intimidate" critics.

Romley and other local leaders recently wrote the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, asking for a resolution of a separate federal criminal probe of the sheriff that centers on abuse-of-power allegations. (If Sheriff Joe’s found guilty of a felony in that case, he won’t be able to hold office.)

In the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court hearing on SB 1070, the immigration law that makes it a crime for unauthorized migrants to be in Arizona, the federal civil-rights lawsuit filed by Perez shows what can happen when police officers turn into immigration cops. Arpaio is a strong supporter of SB 1070 and vows to enforce it vigorously.

"We’ll see what happens," said Perez as he prepared to return to Washington. The Arizona law won’t impact the current lawsuit, he said, but he noted SB 1070 is not "a permission slip to engage in racial profiling."

And, he added, the feds have their eyes on Arizona.

"We’re here," he said.

 

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+68 # Barbara K 2012-05-12 09:18
It's about time someone shuts this guy down. He totally ignores Civil Rights and the Constitution. He's nothing short of a vigilante power-hungry jerk.
 
 
-81 # american 2012-05-12 13:26
how dare you insult sherrif jpe he is the BEST THING WE HAVE GOING IN AMERICA- HE AND GOV, JAN BREWER, HE IS PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY AND EVERY AMERICAN IN IT- HE IS DOING WHAT THAT ILLEGAL IN THE OVAL OFFICE IS S U P P O S E D TO BE DOING . THESE CRIMINALS COMMITT A FEDERAL FELONY COMING INTO UR COU TY ILLEGALLY THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND DSO IT WILLFULLY- THEY ARE THE CRIMINALS NOT SHERRIF JOE AND THAT FRIGGIN ILLEGAL MUSLIM COMMUNIST IN THE WHIOTE HOUSE. IF YOU ARE AGAINST SHRRIF JOE THEN YOU ARE AGAINST AMERICA AND AMERICANS- WE NEED THIS MAN IN WASHINGTON D.C. HE NEED TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL. IF YOU STICK UP FOR THESE CRIMINAL FEDERAL FELON ILLEGALMEXICANS THAT MURDER KILL RAPER AND STEAL $402 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FROM US THE AMERICANS POCKETS - THEY STEAL OUR HEA,TH CARE AND THEY GET ALL FOR FREE THESE LEECHES THAT HAVE NO RIGHT O ANYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY TALE WHAT IS AMERICANS AND DESTROY AMERICA. SHERRIF JOE IS THE BEST THING IN THIS COUNTRY . MAY GOD BLESS HIM WITH ALL THE PROTECTIONA ND STRENGTH AND LOVE THAT HE HAS INSIDE HIM- SHERRIF JOW IS A BONAFIDE LOYAL PATRIOTIC TRUE AMERICAN.HERO!! !
 
 
+39 # ericlipps 2012-05-12 14:13
Quoting american:
how dare you insult sherrif jpe he is the BEST THING WE HAVE GOING IN AMERICA- HE AND GOV, JAN BREWER, HE IS PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY AND EVERY AMERICAN IN IT AND THAT FRIGGIN ILLEGAL MUSLIM COMMUNIST IN THE WHIOTE HOUSE. IF YOU ARE AGAINST SHRRIF JOE THEN YOU ARE AGAINST AMERICA AND AMERICANS- WE NEED THIS MAN IN WASHINGTON D.C. HE NEED TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL. IF YOU STICK UP FOR THESE CRIMINAL FEDERAL FELON ILLEGAL MEXICANS THAT MURDER KILL RAPER AND STEAL $402 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FROM US THE AMERICANS POCKETS - THEY STEAL OUR HEA,TH CARE AND THEY GET ALL FOR FREE THESE LEECHES THAT HAVE NO RIGHT O ANYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY TALE WHAT IS AMERICANS AND DESTROY AMERICA. SHERRIF JOE IS THE BEST THING IN THIS COUNTRY . MAY GOD BLESS HIM WITH ALL THE PROTECTIONA ND STRENGTH AND LOVE THAT HE HAS INSIDE HIM- SHERRIF JOW IS A BONAFIDE LOYAL PATRIOTIC TRUE AMERICAN.HERO!!!

Are ou for real? I've never read a more foamig-at-the-m outh illiterate crank online rant, and I've seen some doozies.

"Sterrif Jow" may be your hero, but if I have to pick between him and "that friggin illegal Muslim communist in the White House," give me the FIMC. (By the way, just how does one get to be both a Muslim and a Communist, seeing that Communists are supposed to be atheists?)
 
 
-4 # John Locke 2012-05-13 10:08
Communists do allow religion but they have to approve it!
 
 
+2 # jes7444 2012-05-17 23:03
I once saw a movie title 'Deliverance' - it seems to me that the backwoods people in the movie seem to now be in the forefront of society - they even have their own reality programs - I believe the 8 years of Bush were actually the dumbing down of America -
 
 
+34 # cadan 2012-05-12 15:04
Barbara K is 100% correct here.

As far as i am aware, Arpaio has contributed absolutely nothing to Arizona and he's an embarrassment to the entire country.

Both our civil society and all of our dominant religions preach respect to the stranger within our gates (let alone those whose families have been here for generations).

The way he hates Latinos, and appeals to white retirees to hate Latino, is absolutely despicable.

And that's just one of his many problems.
 
 
-14 # John Locke 2012-05-13 10:09
cadan: Obama is more of an Embarrassment, trust me about that!
 
 
+21 # fliteshare 2012-05-12 15:36
Unarmed civilians have a RIGHT to travel to any country on the planet. It is called FREEDOM, look it up in the dictionary.
 
 
+24 # Progressive Patriot 2012-05-12 18:09
Arpio is a racist and a criminal, and he is NOT protecting ME or MY country when he violates the Constitution of the United States. I hope they lock his ass up for a few years. We'll see how well he survives in jail, where there might be quite a few people with a personal grudge against him. They'd better put his sorry ass in solitary, to protect it.

Many of the people that Arpaio and his department have arrested under racial profiling, were AMERICAN CITIZENS.

More White Americans have perpetrated acts of terrorism in the last 20 years than any other race. White Americans have been thieves, murderers, and rapists. Lots of them are drug addicts. Some of them are even ADMITTED WAR CRIMINALS.

You're certainly showing _your_ racist attitude with all your epithets against Mexicans. There are more white people on tax-supported social programs than there are blacks or Hispanics. Many Mexicans, working under false Social Security cards, have taxes taken out, and they are unable to file tax return to get any of it back. They probably pay MORE in taxes than you do. They also DON'T claim welfare benefits, because THEY DON'T QUALIFY, and they might tip their presence to ICE. Anyone should be able to go to the emergency room if they need medical treatment, but most of them don't. I this area, they are treated by a foundation that is funded by donations and by the local hospitals.

There is NOTHING patriotic about Arpaio.
 
 
-14 # John Locke 2012-05-13 10:12
But isn't Obama also violating the US Constitution? Who is going to lock him up? Do you consider Obama to be patriotic?
 
 
+2 # jammer5 2012-05-14 08:55
In a word: YES!
 
 
+4 # Billsy 2012-05-14 12:56
The only thing he's protecting AZ from is reduced produce prices and affordable gardeners, nannies and line cooks. The real criminals in America are fraudulent financiers who've decimated our pension funds by selling AAA rated junk assets, destroyed faith in our financial systems and lobbied Washington for relaxed regulations so they can plunder even more out of the pockets of hard-working americans. You really need to redirect your anger at more appropriate targets. Immigrants come here to work illegal or not and deserve a better welcome. Don't be deceived by a power hungry demagogue like Arpaio.
 
 
+53 # DorothyK 2012-05-12 09:34
YOU FORGOT TO ADD RACIST!
 
 
-93 # phantomww 2012-05-12 09:48
Nice article, have to remember to donate to Sheriff Joe today.
 
 
+44 # Terrapin 2012-05-12 11:01
Do you REALLY think this is funny? Does this turd and his Orcs represent YOUR idea of America?
 
 
-40 # phantomww 2012-05-12 15:16
Is it funny that Obama and Holder sue a state (actually a couple) and yet fail to enforce the law and protect the border? Is it funny that Holder allowed guns to walk across the border and kill Mexicans and stonewalls the investigation?

Orcs? did you stop playing a computer game to come read this? Maybe you should go back and keep playing. I hear Diablo is coming out soon so maybe you can play that also.

When the negative number (right now 44) reaches 100, I will donate again. So keep hitting the thumbs down.
 
 
+7 # Terrapin 2012-05-12 16:48
The Lord of the Rings ... ORCs ... the Universal Soldier ... A Clockwork Orange ... depraved humanoids who do the violent biddings of the owners of their souls ... think SWAT units ... is any of this too ABSTRACT for your.
Can it be assumed that you and "american" are both WHITE?
 
 
+2 # jes7444 2012-05-17 22:48
I believe Arpaio and the Governor over-inflate the problem...there are thousands of extra border police and the stats show that there are more illegals leaving do to more work..everytime I hear what goes on in Ariz it reminds me of Germany in WWII..not much different..ther e have been thousands of deportations - I still don't understand why Arpaio doesn't go after the employers - where are the fines connected to hiring illegals...I think Arpaio gets his jollies with his superiority...
 
 
+19 # Progressive Patriot 2012-05-12 18:31
According to _many_ articles and video interviews that I've seen of _other_ sheriffs in Arizona, immigration laws ARE being enforced. This state law was unnecessary, according to ALL of them. It's all about keeping WHITE Americans, who are fast becoming a minority, afraid of little brown people.

I've also read recently that the flow across the border is reversing, as many undocumented Mexicans are hired as domestic help by the rich, who are feeling the pinch of the economic downturn. The jobs have dried up here, but Mexico's economy is improving.

Arizona's racist law SHOULD be overturned by the Supreme Court. It's unconstitutiona l, as the Constitution specifically gives the Feds jurisdiction over immigrants (which is actually what the Federal suit is about). It also targets American citizens, who are NOT required by law to carry proof of citizenship.

Can you _prove_ citizenship on the spot, if asked?
 
 
-3 # phantomww 2012-05-13 19:27
The law does not require a person to prove citizenship on the spot. I can provide license and registration when asked by a police officer. If I do that then I, or anyone else WILL NOT be detained. If a person is detained, the local officials do not determine if a person is here legally since that is done by federal authorities. As for the law being unconstitutiona l, that is yet to be determined and unless you are on the Supreme Ct, your statement that it is unconstitutiona l is just wrong. Also, the constitution does give a state a right to deal with illegal immigration, if the federal government is not (Art 1 Sec 10)
 
 
+1 # jes7444 2012-05-17 22:50
U R right - the situation has reversed itself due to the lack of work - illegals returning in droves - there are laws on the book and fines for employing illegals - why are the employers being targeted....I wouldn't put it past Arpaio taking money under the table..
 
 
+27 # humanmancalvin 2012-05-12 12:03
The radical right insurgency support constitution violators such as the criminal Sheriff Arpaio. Don't tread on me hollered by these low information voters means just that ME. Not you & certainly not people of color. Their last man standing candidate Romney will & does, bow to absolutely any pressure from any of these extremist hate groups. Think a Romney administration would investigate Arpaio & his blatantly racist & unconstitutiona l practices? Yea, right.
 
 
-54 # american 2012-05-12 13:30
EVERY CRIMINAL FEDERAL FELON NEEDS TO BE DEPORTED IMMEADIATELY ALONG WITH THAT EVIL ILLEGal in the oval office who is destroying america , this si the sovereignty of the united states of america- for americans by americans and of americans perios if you are not american get the hello out if you do not have loyality to this country and love it and speak our language and live as american are legal and live breathe and eat and live american =get the hell out yourare not needed wanted orhave any right here. it is a federal felony to come into this country illegally.
 
 
+23 # fliteshare 2012-05-12 15:43
You seem to have a problem with the ENGLISH language yourself. Where did you learn to spell like that ? the USA ?
 
 
+12 # Terrapin 2012-05-12 16:33
... p.s. and why is the lettuce so expensive?
 
 
+20 # Progressive Patriot 2012-05-12 18:53
Does that include the self-admitted war criminals who used to be employed in the Executive Branch? They _should_ be "criminal Federal felons", but Obama doesn't have the guts to investigate them, let alone put them on trial.

Obama is a US born, American citizen. (Hawaii IS a state, not just a popular vacation spot.) There is nothing about his being in the White House that is illegal.

The war criminal George W. Bush, on the other hand, was unconstitutiona lly appointed by the Supreme Court, in violation of Article II, Section 1, which specifically gives the method of choosing Electors to the state legislatures. The Supreme Court of Florida's ruling was an interpretation of state law, completely consistent with prior state court rulings dating back almost a century.

By unconstitutiona lly interfering in the state's process, the US Supreme Court also bypassed the legal process in the Constitution for choosing a president if nobody gets a majority of the votes in the Electoral College. The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives shall vote in this instance, which means that George W. Bush probably would have LEGALLY become president. As it is, his entire administration was UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

So, are you saying we should deport him? Let's deport him to the International Criminal Court, and send Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and most of the rest of that entourage along with him.
 
 
+14 # Doubter 2012-05-12 19:04
"and speak our language"

It was quite wise of you not to mention "write our language," or you would have invited even more ridicule.
 
 
+1 # jes7444 2012-05-17 22:55
Since illegals have been leaving in droves due to no work, the farmers are losing big bucks because they have no one to pick the crops!!!So, now we have contamined crops coming from China...good going - I bet the influential in Ariz. are still using illegals to manicure their lawns...even Romney stated in a Debate there was no way he could use illegals because he was running for President....we have 2 sets of laws in this country - one set for the 1% and then the other set for the rest of us....
 
 
+6 # Progressive Patriot 2012-05-12 18:32
Bush didn't.
 
 
-38 # nice2blucky 2012-05-12 12:20
Although in Sheriff Joe's jurisdiction, there may very well be

· Discriminatory and otherwise unconstitutiona l law enforcement actions ... on the basis of race, color, or national origin;

· Discriminatory jail practices ... and

· Illegal retaliation against their perceived critics ...

And to:

· Develop and implement new policies and procedures and train MCSO officers in effective and constitutional policing;

· Implement systems to ensure accountability and improve the quality of policing throughout the county; and

· Eliminate unlawful bias from all levels of law enforcement decision.

May be for the best -- and should be applied everywhere.


Just to be clear, this is all about politics, shoring up the latino vote for Obama's re-election effort.

Anyone who thinks otherwise is dumb as the day is long.

There is a much longer list of necessary policy changes that this administration has either decided poorly on, has been slow to implement, or intentionally neglects, and has also committed far more egregious civil rights abuses that have far reaching implications and chilling effects on liberty.

Before hypocrites get too comfortable pointing righteous fingers, look at the big picture and be honest about likely motives -- at least.
 
 
-50 # american 2012-05-12 13:34
stop beloeving the lying illegal devil in the oval office fiirt tell him to get the hell out of our country he was born in keya is a muslim hates americas and america and is a communistic nazistic facist evil devil that has dstroyed this country. wait till you see what waits for you after the ekction if you do not eake up and smell the roses lady!! you will have a communistic police state dictatorship with you in slavery. that is what awaits this country if that c illegal gets back in.
 
 
+22 # humanmancalvin 2012-05-12 16:43
Dear american..After the "ekction" as you so skillfully spelled it, where do you plan on relocating to when President Obama is reelected (reekclectad). Somalia would welcome you as you seem to have quite a bit in common with their politics.
 
 
+21 # Amuzd 2012-05-12 18:14
"american" is an internet troll, nothing more, nothing less. (definition: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=troll).
 
 
+12 # Progressive Patriot 2012-05-12 19:07
I assume you'd rather believe his "legal devil" predecessor, because he's _all_ White?
 
 
+16 # Doubter 2012-05-12 19:08
Now I'm convinced you are not for real.
Congratulations on baiting us.
 
 
+10 # bluebluesdancer 2012-05-12 22:14
What you don't seem to realize is that the 'enemy' that you fear so strongly is actually the very same party that you 'think' is the best!
The Republicans are the party of the corporations, and the corporations are owned by a few very wealthy people whose goal in life is to gain the most control both politically and financially. To do that they pay enormous sums to lobbyists to make sure that they continue to get massive tax breaks (oil & tobacco for example... why would you want to subsidize tobacco in this day and age??? Remember it's OUR tax dollars doing the subsidizing!)In their ideal world no-one would ever retire or have health insurance, vacations or savings... in fact they'd just be indentured servants working non-stop and never able to catch-up. It would be even worse than Communism! At least in a Communist society the State provides a basic safety-net! In the Right-wing world that you want, we would have no rights, and would live in fear for our old-age. Is that really what you want? The Republicans are already trying to remove our rights as women and as unions! Wouldn't you prefer to be able to hold your head up in the world as a country that has a better standard of living than anywhere else? To do that, we need to start coming-up with a Democratic solution, since the Reps have had 30 years to 'test' their laissez-faire economics, and it has been a total disaster. The current economy is the living proof of that.
It is the Reps you should fear,not Dems!
 
 
+2 # nice2blucky 2012-05-13 14:11
What's most amazing about this post is that some people seem to take it seriously.

It ironically shows how ridiculous americans can be.
 
 
+2 # jammer5 2012-05-14 08:58
God, you just gotta love these people who bash Obama, when they can't even spell correctly. Must be a direct reflection on their IQ, what?
 
 
+8 # Progressive Patriot 2012-05-12 19:04
What it's really about is FEAR, White men's fear that they are losing the majority. Yeah, I suppose you could say that's politics.

The lawsuit is about enforcing the Federal Constitution, which puts the control of immigration in the hands of the Federal government. It isn't about "shoring up the Latino vote", because Republicans never had it, and they are doing a _very_ good job, all on their own, of alienating Latinos ... and most of the rest of us.
 
 
+7 # bluebluesdancer 2012-05-12 22:25
You are correct.
It is also the white man's fear of losing control that is causing the "War on Women"!
When women started getting jobs they began to realize that they didn't 'have' to rely on a man if the man beat them up or hurt them, or if they simply didn't get along. The next step has been a more recent event. Now women realize that they can have kids without even sleeping with a guy!
So they are competing in the workplace, and are causing men to feel 'emasculated'. This is the perfect scenario for the religious right to step in and change the laws to make it virtually impossible for women to do anything without a man's approval. Think about it... Taking away the right to use contraceptives means that women will stand a good chance of getting pregnant if they have sex outside of marriage. This would label them as 'sluts'. Abortion? No way, Jose! Meanwhile guys can do whatever they want and will never get caught.
It's a scary world to any thinking woman.
 
 
+29 # ekogaia 2012-05-12 12:40
Time has come to get this nasty old bastard to squeal like a pig...
 
 
-46 # american 2012-05-12 13:38
sheriff joe is the best thing in america he is protecting and defending you !! are you that naive nto beliove this garbage they are trying to smear him with- it is the attorney gen. who is a criinibmian; he has illegaly given guns and rig=fles to mexians to kill us ge he is a traitor facist betraying treasonist who has killed americans- and the illegal in the oval office who hates america and americans and has done nothing but destroy america- and GOD FORBU=ID IF HE GETS BACK IN YOU WILL LIVE IN A COMMUNISTIC NAZI FACISTS COUNTRY AND THE SOVEREIGNY FO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL BE GONE FOREVER IF YOU AREALL THAT NAIVE. HE IS A COMMUNIST NAZI FACIST ILLEGAL HE HATES YOU AND EVERY AMERICAN WAKE UP!!!!
 
 
+23 # cybervigilante 2012-05-12 15:11
Proving once again that ARizona is the HATE STATE!
 
 
+8 # Majikman 2012-05-12 21:24
Make that ARYANzona. The master race indeed.
 
 
+13 # Progressive Patriot 2012-05-12 19:11
Don't you just love how well educated the right-wingers are?
 
 
+28 # Linda 2012-05-12 12:55
Personally I don't give a hoot if this is about politic's there are human beings out there like you and me who are being treated worst than an ignorant redneck treats his dog just because of the color of their skin and this needs to stop !I am sick to death of hearing the excuses these racists give for this sheriff . Its people who think like this sherrif in Arizona who are giving the state a black eye . Arpaio and his evil side kick Jan Brewer both need to go !
 
 
+28 # genierae 2012-05-12 13:12
The uniqueness of the USA is that it is filled with people of all races, cultures and philosophies, and that will be its saving grace. With the hateful behavior of white racists such as Sheriff Arpaio, and there are millions of them, we are witnessing the last gasp of the white supremacy movement that founded this country through genocide and slavery. They refuse to evolve and so they will be left behind in the dustbin of history, while the rest of us move into a new and better world.
 
 
+13 # cybervigilante 2012-05-12 15:13
Jail it too good for Arpaio - under the jail would be better.
 
 
+8 # Progressive Patriot 2012-05-12 19:20
I've often felt that Guantanamo should be used to house, Bush, Cheney, et al, when they are finally tried and convicted of their crimes against the Constitution, and against The People of the World. (There's no statute of limitations on War Crimes.) We can put them down there, and hire the people who currently occupy it (against court orders) as their jailers.

Perhaps Sheriff Joe could be the first occupant.
 
 
+1 # jes7444 2012-05-17 23:20
It is ironic that Clinton gets impeached for a BJ but Bush outs a CIA agent, starts a phony war and nothing happens to him or Cheney...I think that clarifies the fact that the Republicans are really into Social issues...the Republicans are nothing but a bunch of white frustrated doughy men who all look like Karl Rove.
 
 
+1 # jes7444 2012-05-17 23:25
In Mississippi and Alabama you can marry your brother or sister but you can't marry a person of the same gender...
 
 
+19 # Susan1989 2012-05-12 13:39
Just his body language and agressive affect tells it all. This man is a crue and aggressive bully. Why is it that so many od these conservatives look and sound the same?
 
 
+8 # Terrapin 2012-05-12 18:26
You mean like Bull Connor, George Wallace, Rush etc.
And in the end, the Love take is equal to the Love you make.

And in the end the only people who will show up at your hateful funeral, Joe (et al), will be there to make SURE that you are DEAD.
 
 
-9 # MidwestTom 2012-05-12 14:06
Go get the elected Sheriff who only does what those who elected him apparently want him to do. He has influence in one county. However, do no go after Wall Streeters they donate. During last election Mc Cain git $9 million from Wall Street and Obama got $16 million. The Sheriff did not donate. Remember, this is the the country of "How much Justice can you afford".
 
 
+13 # cybervigilante 2012-05-12 15:09
79 - why do evil people live so long and the good die young? John Kennedy, young John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, MLK, John Lennon. But evil scum seem to live forever. Rush Limbaugh will probably reach 110, like those old Nazis they keep finding in South America.
 
 
0 # jes7444 2012-05-17 23:22
The majority live in Texas -
 
 
-2 # henry bruce 2012-05-13 16:29
This place is becoming more like a "chat" room than a forum for intelligent observations. Polarized people preaching to the polarized choir. What is the point?

This my last post on this site.
 
 
+2 # pernsey 2012-05-14 10:08
Good bye henry!

If the right wingers want to hear their stupidity validated they will have to go to a Fox News forum where the prejudice and twisted facts are.
 
 
0 # camelpr 2012-05-16 10:54
It was about time; about damn time.
 

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