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Walshe writes: "In the southwest corner of Phoenix, Arizona, a large neon vacancy sign hanging from a watchtower looms over the Maricopa County jail complex, home to the infamous 'tent city' - a facility as notorious as the tough guy Sheriff Joe Arpaio who makes it his business to keep it full. Arpaio's methods of rounding up and detaining prisoners, and the conditions to which they are subjected once inside his jails, have been relentlessly criticized by human rights groups."

Inmates walk alongside Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix. (photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
Inmates walk alongside Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix. (photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)



Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County's King of Cruel

By Sadhbh Walshe, Guardian UK

30 June 12

 

n the southwest corner of Phoenix, Arizona, a large neon vacancy sign hanging from a watchtower looms over the Maricopa County jail complex, home to the infamous "tent city" – a facility as notorious as the tough guy Sheriff Joe Arpaio who makes it his business to keep it full. Arpaio's methods of rounding up and detaining prisoners, and the conditions to which they are subjected once inside his jails, have been relentlessly criticized by human rights groups. Yet, there is no indication that the vacancy light at the complex will be switched off anytime soon.

Last month, the federal government filed a lawsuit against Arpaio, accusing him of racial profiling and numerous civil rights violations for allowing (and encouraging) his deputies to make broad sweeps of Latino neighborhoods and rounding up anyone who they suspect might be in the US illegally or who cannot produce papers on request. Seeming nervous or avoiding eye contact with police has been cause enough to make arrests. Having brown skin helps, too.

Arpaio has ridiculed the lawsuit as a politically motivated act, and the sweeps are expected to continue, particularly in light of the recent supreme court ruling that held up a key portion of Arizona's SB1070 immigration law known as the "show me your papers" clause.

It is inside his jails, however, that the most egregious human rights violations occur. Last weekend, during a protest rally at the jail organized by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Reverend Peter Morales, UUA's president, was taken on a tour of the complex. Morales said the first thing that struck him was the oppressive wall of heat. At this time of year, temperatures inside the tent city reach up to 140º. There are no fans. Needless to say, there is no air conditioning.

Morales spoke to a few inmates during the tour and one of the issues they raised was the fact that they are not given enough time to refill their water containers. They also complain about the food. Inmates are fed only twice a day and Arpaio has boasted in the past of the food being rotten; green bologna is a specialty.

There is a provision in the much-heralded US constitution, known as the eight amendment, which is supposed to protect prisoners from being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. I'm no constitutional lawyer, but housing people in 140º temperatures without so much as a fan and limiting their access to drinking water sounds pretty cruel to me.

But there is also an unusual element to Arpaio's punitive ideals. For years now, he has been forcing male inmates to wear pink underwear in a deliberate attempt to humiliate them. Their towels, socks and sweaters are also pink. Every so often, the pink-clad prisoners are marched through the streets of Phoenix, so the city's residents can bask in their humiliation.

Arpaio claims his pink underwear tactics are all about reducing crime and saving taxpayer money. Unfortunately, it seems they are achieving neither. A 2009 report by the conservative Goldwater Institute found that not only has violent crime gone up in Maricopa County (homicides alone increased 166% between 2004 and 2007). So, too, have costs. The combination of budget overruns, overtime payments and the millions of dollars in settlements paid out to plaintiffs who sued for wrongful arrest and detention have made a mockery of the sheriff's claims that he is saving his constituents money.

Beyond wasting tax payer dollars while compromising public safety, there is a bigger issue at play here. A new documentary called Two Americans (featuring Arpaio as one, and a little girl called Katherine Figueroa as the other) highlights the human cost of his petty cruelties in a heartbreaking way. Figueroa is a US-born citizen, but her Mexican parents are not. When they were rounded up and detained in one of Arpaio's sweeps, the nine-year-old girl found herself landed an activist role at the center of America's increasingly fraught immigration debate. Weeping before a congressional hearing, this American child, who is now without parental care, issued a plaintive plea to the sheriff to release her mother and father. She said she knows they were detained "because they weren't born here and they say that's against the law," but still, she begged for clemency.

Her pleas, and the pleas of many other children in similar predicaments, have not yet been answered. Despite the mounting criticism, Arpaio has shown no inclination to change his ways. In a speech to supporters, he laughed off accusations of racial profiling, lambasted the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for having the nerve to interfere in his business and boasted "we arrested 500 more (Latinos) just for spite."

Eventually, the nearly 80-year-old Arpaio's wings will be clipped. Either the federal lawsuit will proceed to trial or he may eventually retire. Until then, it is not the pink-clad prisoners, but those who voted him into office and have been cheering him along for decades, who should be feeling mortified.

 

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+96 # fdawei 2012-06-30 07:12
How long will the Department of (in)Justice permit this travesty. Where is the ACLU, Amnesty International, other groups of interest, church groups and above all, the President of the United States in condemning this Beast of Cruel? More important, where are the citiziens of compassion in that state? Are they so intimidated by this demon?
 
 
+10 # Bejeebers 2012-06-30 16:11
Yes. Unfortunately.
 
 
+9 # Annalois 2012-07-02 12:49
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a psychopath and needs to be put away!
 
 
+83 # gogogrl47 2012-06-30 07:16
Isn't it about time that we started a protest to stop this horrendous situation?? There must be some civil rights attys who want to take this on. Hw disgusting in my country as we all eat our lunch and shop for whatever and go about our days while this inhumane place is allowed to exist.
 
 
+86 # bluepilgrim 2012-06-30 07:31
The US has become a nation of psychopaths, run by lunatics, at all levels. A sane nation would never allow such conditions to exist, or such sickos to have any power -- for years on end. This is like a giant mad death cult, pretending there is sanity here.

It seems it has gone too far over the edge now to ever return to any semblance of humanity, but must, eventually, come to bad end as other such nations have, destroying itself if no one else in the world intervenes.

Perhaps the human species itself has reached a dead end, in an evolutionary blind alley, as those individuals who still maintain some semblance of sanity and self are slowly but methodically whittled away?

Maybe we should put Stephen King in charge, as one of the few people whose imagination could encompass what is happening.
 
 
+55 # Doggone 2012-06-30 07:52
bluepilgrim, I agree with you but hope it isn't true that we have gone over the edge because the insanity appears to be a right wing thing and us lefties are the targets and all of our near and dear values. So I think it is time to take a stand, in truth and for the people without power or money or the right skin color, which I think the occupy movement was all about. I support that movement and believe we are now fighting for truth as well. The corporations (aka evil) have taken over the minds of those who prefer to hate and blame for all of their woes even though it would appear to go against their own interests. Snake charmers all and Arpaio is very charming eh? ;-]
 
 
+20 # bluepilgrim 2012-06-30 09:06
I think it's on the edge if this we pull out of this. Many people support this insanity, or won't do anything to try to oppose it. You have a key point there with 'taken over the minds'.

Not to start an argument, but I look at all the people who intend to vote for Obama, who is, objectively, a war criminal and massive violator of civil and human rights, and it's like being in a nightmare -- and that's just the tip of the iceberg. It's lunacy. How hard is it to vote for alternatives? You don't even get pepper sprayed.

How hard is it to cancel the TV subscription, stop damaging one's brain from the propaganda, deprive the corporations of money, and save a fair bit of money oneself each month? Anyone with internet can get all the information they need, and a lot of information -- and it's cheap to rent movies if they want to watch them (althug I don't recommend many since they are also a great source of propaganda). You don't even have to be a memebr of the Inner Party, like in 1984, to turn it off.
I stopped all TV over a decade ago, and it was like how you hear when you give up smoking you can breath again and have more energy -- I could think clearly again, without the constant din of nasty noise in my mind.
But people are addicted to the telescreen. They don't understand the damage it's doing to them.
 
 
+26 # pamitty 2012-06-30 10:50
I agree. I watch maybe an hour a week or less. I got rid of cable and bought rabbit ears and it's just fine. I wish more people would do the same. and most of all turn off fox propaganda.

So Obama has done bad things,he's a politician. he is a long ways better than Romney, and in our system 3rd party candidates are throwing your vote away.

With Citizens untied already are votes are each worth was less than before. I would hope there could be an agreement by both parties that this BUYING of our Government is a bad deal.

With all the repubs not giving a rat for the earth, rivers, air, forests, and even our drinking water, we are probably doomed fairly soon. Plus 3rd world nations are too busy trying not to starve to take care of earth.
Arpio is the worst of the worst. He is torturing these men! I wonder how many deaths have happened since he built the concentration tent city camp? I bet he has at least 50 that die from the heat. This man is a pontius Pilate. Jesus said ,what you do to the least of your brother you do it to me. How can a person be so cruel and callous to the suffering?
Truly Arizona has become the dirty butt of the USA!
 
 
+12 # bluepilgrim 2012-06-30 12:13
I'm watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG_qCsGVwL8

Noam Chomsky - Imminent Crises

Great video.
I'm not sure if to say it relates to the Arpaio story -- on the one hand it does not, but on the other Arpaio typifies everything else while being a nasty pimple on the insane system which erupts directly from it. I don't know how to tease all these strands apart without losing the basic understanding needed to address the problems. It would be like the vile Nazi prison camp commandant trying to exist without Nazi Germany.
 
 
+36 # AMLLLLL 2012-06-30 08:49
The real agenda here is to create more private prisons to 'take care of the demand', and the reason the maniacal Gov. Brewer promoted the 'Papers Please' law. She'll rake in the dough along with her itchy partners, for housing all these 'criminals'. Notice they detain but don't deport? Arpaio no doubt will funnel them business for kickback.
 
 
+24 # pamitty 2012-06-30 10:53
I read about a woman who lost her son to this system. He was mentally low IQ, and he got picked up for being Latino without a fast response. She located him 3 years later and found out he had been doing hard labor most all of that time.
And Arpio took their paychecks.
 
 
+43 # Majikman 2012-06-30 09:05
"Petty cruelties"??? This loathsome monster equals the depravity of any escaped slave hunter of the Old South. Any government that permits this inhumanity deserves to be disobeyed.
 
 
+41 # reiverpacific 2012-06-30 09:12
This is just a microcosm of the mean-spiritedne ss that has relentlessly borne down upon the governors and citizens of the USA for the decades since Mr. "Aw-shucks" Reagan and his foreheads-villa inous-low zealot followers and their self-righteous evangelical "Moral Majority" supporters.
 
 
+40 # allie 2012-06-30 09:13
He’s a spiteful, vengeful and nasty human being. The GOP here loves him. He actually laughs that the DOJ is tracking him and says he’ll keep doing what he is doing. Keeps getting re-elected. Such is the state of Arizona!
 
 
+10 # AMLLLLL 2012-06-30 20:24
Allie,here's a sneaky helpful tip: Brewer HATES that photo of her wagging her finger at the Prez because it's like the portrait of Dorian Grey to her. She even commented once, 'I hate that picture of me.' Why? She looks like the witch she is in fact. You could really wig her out by getting that photo out as much as possible.
 
 
+11 # Lolanne 2012-07-01 07:01
Quoting allie:
He’s a spiteful, vengeful and nasty human being. The GOP here loves him. He actually laughs that the DOJ is tracking him and says he’ll keep doing what he is doing. Keeps getting re-elected. Such is the state of Arizona!

I keep wondering how on earth it is possible for people to keep putting him back into office. Maybe they don't...maybe he 'owns' the election process and just destroys votes for anyone else.
COME ON, DOJ! Do your job -- arrest and prosecute this maniac for human rights violations!
 
 
+40 # ABen 2012-06-30 09:17
Arpaio is the darling of the xenophobic, often racist segment of AZ's electorate--the Teabaggers. His former chief deputy, David Hendershott, was little more than a thug with a badge. It is widely recognized in AZ that Arpaio, like gov. Brewer, is not the "sharpest knife in the drawer." However, so long as the NRA and the 'baggers' hold sway in this state, Arpaio will serve as their stooge. What a shame! This state used to be more "Western Libertarian," but it now more resembles the 'armed state of white grievance."
 
 
+36 # Gengis 2012-06-30 09:18
All anyone has to do is look at the Scandinavian countries for an example of how a free country should work. They are continually among the countries with the highest standard of living, and lowest rates of incarceration in the western world. Besides that, the gap between the rich and the poor in those countries is also lower than almost any free country in the world. Medically their health is also among the highest and so is their literacy rate. Of course they never had McCarthism or suffered the enormous propoganda this country has suffered which has spawned the right wing worshippers of greed incentive as a mechanism of driving the economy like the U.S. has. It has also been to the advantage of the 1% to allow our literacy rate decline and the percentage of poor to increase, because this has made the proportion of the population that are more susceptable to the propoganda of the right wing and 1% steadily increase. And so we are in the pickle we are in today!
 
 
+29 # Gengis 2012-06-30 09:25
In aany of those Scandinavian countries Arpaio would be in prison. In fact between Bush, Cheney, and cops like Arpaio, the human rights ranking of the U.S. today is likely much closer to third world an dicatatorial countries than it is to European counties or Canada.
 
 
+18 # julileegal 2012-06-30 09:38
Every one who is employed, even CEO's have someone they are responsible too. I think he is elected instead of appointed, but even so someone must be overseeing him and his actions. I think it's good old scorpion stinger Jan Brewer. But then how could we expect her to do anything when she sits with him drinking a beer and counts outs the profits brought in by his cruelty run prison. I've heard that she has a huge stake ( monetary wise) in the private prison system here, so no doubt she goes home every night gleefully rubbing her hands together while having a cool one in her air conditioned Govenors mansion, thinking more, more, bring me more illegals, heh. Heh.
 
 
+22 # Peacedragon 2012-06-30 09:41
My wife and I once spent nine months in Arizonz. Never again.
 
 
-55 # brucbaker 2012-06-30 09:43
IT IS JAIL? IT IS FOR CRIMINALS or people being held until they get a trial?

You people are kidding ... Right? You did read the article where Sheriff Joe was offered a bunch of PINK clothing so he took it because it was DONATED. The fact that it is pink, purple, or even green with polka-dots doesn't matter unless you are OUT OF JAIL!

Get a clue... IN JAIL... the COLOR does NOT matter.

I wonder about who is writing these articles? What disease do these writers have? What disabilities are they diagnosed with? They certainly have very little ... COMMON SENSE!
 
 
+34 # Todd Williams 2012-06-30 10:56
You like AZ so damn well? Then go live there (if you don't already ). You'd fit in fine in Nazi-controlled Arpaio Land.
 
 
+26 # David Starr 2012-06-30 11:04
Brucbaker,

Your pink clothing claim is more than a bit of a stretch. Pink clothing was the ONLY material available, and nothing else? I wonder if other confinements have resorted to pink clothing as well, having no "choice." Given your denial, I'm not expecting you to see the obvious absurdity in this. You also contradict Arpaio, who says it's for "reducing crime and saving taxpayer money." Another lame excuse for the actual motive. Arpaio, seriously, does not sound sane. His tactics border on the level of a sadistic child, akin to pulling wings off of flies. Your final questions and statement amuse me: It's quite a twist to label sane statements with remarks that precisely describe Arpaio. If there is some "clothing shortage" in Arizona, perhaps Arpaio will start wearing pink panties and the accessories? In Arpaio's delusional world, and your own, it would make sense. Frig Arpaio. He couldn't be the sheriff of Neverland.
 
 
+8 # reiverpacific 2012-06-30 18:14
[quote name="brucbaker "]IT IS JAIL? IT IS FOR CRIMINALS or people being held until they get a trial?

You people are kidding ... Right? You did read the article where Sheriff Joe was offered a bunch of PINK clothing so he took it because it was DONATED. The fact that it is pink, purple, or even green with polka-dots doesn't matter unless you are OUT OF JAIL!

Get a clue... IN JAIL... the COLOR does NOT matter.
I wonder about who is writing these articles? What disease do these writers have? What disabilities are they diagnosed with? They certainly have very little ... COMMON SENSE![/quote

It's you who have no clue. There are many "societies" in any "correctional" facility that are formed to protect themselves or perhaps gain a bit of power, much of it color or ethnicity-based . You don't survive long in the general population without hitchin' y'r wagon. And some of these poor bastards are in for relatively minor offenses that would actually not be such in less primitive states and countries.
It's not the donation of clothing that counts, it's the use it is put to.
You'd probably welcome the (pink-clad) chain-gang back wouldn't ya!
Methinks 'tis thou who art diseased and have eaten of the root that takes reason prisoner.
Try moving to Paraguay, just taken over by a right wing coup and rapidly being isolated by it's neighbors. You'd like the suffocating land-locked heat and resident thugs and take Fuhrer Arpaio with you!
 
 
+3 # AMLLLLL 2012-06-30 20:26
bruc, you are one of the most naiive people I have ever come across here.
 
 
+23 # freeportguy 2012-06-30 09:53
"Arpaio claims his pink underwear tactics are all about reducing crime and saving taxpayer money."

Typical conservative: hiding abuse behind a wall of smoke and mirrors.
 
 
+31 # deejaycee 2012-06-30 09:54
Please stop blaming all of Arizona for that tyrant, Joe Arpaio. The only ones who vote him in year after year are located in the heavily Mormon enclave in Maricopa County. I don't know whether it's the Mormon religion that makes them so ultra conservative, but they are active in promoting their beliefs. It was the Arizona Mormons who paid to have proposition 14 in California repealed. (My apologies to any Mormon who doesn't fit this mold.)

I live in Tucson and we are all appalled at the cruelty and stupidity of our governor and Joe Arpaio.
 
 
+14 # Todd Williams 2012-06-30 10:57
Then vote the assholes out of office! Get rid of them and your state might seem a little more civilized.
 
 
+10 # deejaycee 2012-06-30 12:54
Todd,I have never voted for one of these idiots, but the Phoenix area is very conservative and they have the votes. Only the ones in Joe Arpaio's district can vote for him.
 
 
+6 # Hexalpa 2012-06-30 16:06
What part of "We do not have a voice" do you not understand, Todd? deejaycee just explained to you that it is only the people who live in Maricopa County who can vote for this miserable excuse for a COUNTY sheriff. Sure you can blame the whole state for electing their governor (even that is a bit unfair to the good people of Tucson, a Democratic island in a land of lunacy). But most Arizonans cant vote against this disgraceful sheriff.
 
 
+1 # Todd Williams 2012-07-02 03:47
Okay. I understand. Jeeze, Louise.
 
 
0 # Old Man 2012-07-06 10:10
It's only one county ( Maricopa ) all retired, people that survive on the fear factor of their Sheriff Joe. Joe is a big fat tub of guts that couldn't serve & protect any thing.
I think people in Maricopa county should pick-a-day any day of the week and protest by wearing Pink out fits.
Old Joe, 80 something would go crazy.
 
 
+6 # pamitty 2012-06-30 11:43
To end any doubt you have about Mormons causing this kind of thinking, on you tube are a few documentaries on what Mormons TRULY believe and what they do. It is seriously bas and not all just funny magic underwear! They plan for Romney to take over the,, Well watch "the god makers", parts 1 = 2.
THese folks are more than severely conservative, they believe in some strange things.
 
 
+5 # reiverpacific 2012-06-30 19:25
Quoting deejaycee:
Please stop blaming all of Arizona for that tyrant, Joe Arpaio. The only ones who vote him in year after year are located in the heavily Mormon enclave in Maricopa County. I don't know whether it's the Mormon religion that makes them so ultra conservative, but they are active in promoting their beliefs. It was the Arizona Mormons who paid to have proposition 14 in California repealed. (My apologies to any Mormon who doesn't fit this mold.)

I live in Tucson and we are all appalled at the cruelty and stupidity of our governor and Joe Arpaio.


Thanks for that information; it's always good to have some direct words from any front line -and y'r statement about the heavily Mormon enclave is news indeed but hardly surprising. Just shows you where "Twit Rimless" might take the country, especially as he's been identified as a former bully by several high school fellow-inmates. What a pairing he and Arpaio would make -even VP?! -No, forget I wrote that, it's so appallingly ludicrous it might actually happen in these mean-spirited times!
I have a friend who lives just north of Tucson and she is likewise nauseated at all the stuff including the censorship of Latino/a and Indian authors, y'r barking-looney, prematurely-emb almed-looking governess and the dark tone of what must have once been a decent and beautiful state according to a Pima Indian friend here in Oregon.
 
 
-22 # cynnibunny 2012-06-30 09:55
Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a lesson for all progressives and liberals:
1) We liberals think he should be arrested or held accountable because of his behavior being 'in-humane'. That is simply stupid, and conservatives have been laughing all the way to the sensation-drive n media over this. We need to stop thinking that things will happen if we just point out the 'inhumanity' in something! After all, if shedding a rational light on things solved everything, philosophers would have solved everything centuries ago.
2) Arpaio is not interested in anything except how much attention he can get. And the attention he gets follows the narrative that he establishes himself! So, the liberal boo-hoo'ers who are crying out to the ether that Arpaio is a bad boy will be waiting for a long, long time for a response.... In the meantime, Arpaio gets his media coverage whenever he wants.
 
 
+21 # Todd Williams 2012-06-30 11:00
So what's your solution to the problem, genius? Armed takeover of Arpaio Land by the Left? What the hell is a "liberal boo-hoo'er?" Because we point out the evil of this madman, this is bad? What are we supposed to do? Ignore him?
 
 
+13 # David Starr 2012-06-30 11:38
cynnibunny,

Arpaio needs the lesson, something akin to making him respond, "Thank you sir, may I have another!" That would be a humbling experience, an "initiation" which includes him having to wear pink panties. But what would conservatives think? Would they call this "inhumane"? Or would they be "laughing all the way to the sensation-drive n media over this"? Sadism to conservatives is two sides of the same coin: If they do it, and are accused of it, they think it's silly to do so, inflating their amateur sarcasism like a windbag being inflated by hot air; with the result that the conservative "windbag" will blow off a lot of the "hot air." If someone else is "inhumane," based especially on threatening the con agenda, then conservatives generally label him/her a "terrorist," an "islamofacsist" (as opposed to a Christian facsist?), an "evildoer." The result is the same: a lot of hot air blown by a con windbag. Maturity and intelligence are seemingly not priorities. Let Arpaio get media coverage, because it's unavoidable that he'll further prove what a sadist he is. He certainly deserves an "initiation."
 
 
+16 # JSRaleigh 2012-06-30 09:58
Arpaio is sewing the wind. I hope the day comes soon when he reaps the whirlwind.
 
 
+24 # DaveM 2012-06-30 11:05
It's easy to be "tough" when you have a gun and a badge and an entire department of people with guns and badges under your control. Not to mention when it gets you on TV and other international media on a regular basis.

"Sheriff Joe" is just a school bully who never grew up. Some bullies "grow out of it", others find an appropriate outlet for their aggression, and a fair number just end up running into a bigger bully. Perhaps the Justice Department and other entities will prove to be just that. And with any luck, when he does end up doing time, he'll have to do it in one of his own facilities.

I cannot help but think of the words of Marley's ghost: “I wear the chain I forged in life....I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.....Can you imagine the weight and length of the chain you bear? It was as heavy and long as this seven Christmas Eves ago. Oh, yours is a ponderous chain."

On the night that I hear the jingling, it will not keep me from my rest.
 
 
+15 # newsmom 2012-06-30 11:09
Arpaio is not a tough guy; he's a bully. He is a disgrace to the concept of justice and, i suspect, mentally ill -- either that or he is so eaten up with bigotry that it has severely damaged his little grey cells to the point that he is unable to function rationally in civilised society...The operative words here being "civilised society."
 
 
+18 # Stormy 2012-06-30 11:12
Please know there are MANY progressives here in Arizona and we are growing. I and many others vote every session and we are working to get more registered and active. Please don't let one terrible person let you judge Arizona so harshly. It is a wonderful place for my 16 year old daughter and I, and she is learning first hand to be the change you want to see in the world. We love much of Arizona and are the change hoping to step above the small mindedness and racism that many possess.
 
 
+12 # Regina 2012-06-30 12:45
Then make sure that your votes get counted, not stuffed into a drawer somewhere, Florida style. Meanwhile, since I am a brunette, if I have to drive over your stateline I will have my passport with me. Arizona is a foreign country to me.
 
 
+11 # DaveM 2012-06-30 11:15
Sheriff Arpaio could use a visit from the ghost of Buford ("Walking Tall") Pusser. I think a few matters just might get settled then and there.
 
 
+7 # bluepilgrim 2012-06-30 12:33
Well, I'll tell ya -- I never saw the movies so I checked it out on youtube clips, and it looks like another 'single hero wins over evil system and bad guys). Superman stuff. Standard TV and Hollywood fantasy. Make you feel good for a little while.

But it's not real, and not the way problems get solved. Real heroes are MLK Jr., Gandhi, or even or Che Guevara, who fight the system but also mobilize many people, and if they are killed the struggle goes on anyway because it's the people doing it, not one one person -- one hero or even one bad guy.

That's what is needed: lots of people waking up and demanding an end to the abuses and craziness and the corrupt system.

But sure -- it's a fun movie.
 
 
+13 # Muffy787 2012-06-30 12:48
Arpaio and the scum governor are evil to the core. I can't wait til they are gone. But you cannot believe how many Right Wingers in suburban Phoenix areas think they are the best. They will have to enlarge Hell to fit those 2 and there many co-horts for what they have done to the state. It is rotten to the core.
 
 
+10 # glirman 2012-06-30 12:56
I currently work the King County Jail (Seattle, Wash) which was recently sued by the DOJ for civil rights violations and although some of the allegations were somewhat exaggerated, the County fully cooperated and make the necessary changes to comply. The potential consequences of a fight were not worth it. Maricopa's violations (if true per the above article) are far more egregious than those KC was accused of. Arpaio and Company will be faced with subsequent lawsuits if they ignore the DOJ and as importantly, subsequent lawsuits from constituants will follow!! It's always the money that talks and the old man will likely be gone in no time despite the support of the Arizona populace. If they fight they're spitting into the wind and will deserve the consequences.
 
 
+5 # Richard1908 2012-06-30 17:01
Send Hilary Clinton off to China to harangue them on the issue of human rights. This is the American answer to the many disgraceful abuses in their own country.
 
 
+2 # Gevurah 2012-06-30 19:48
Let us hope that a merciful Fate will remove this sad apology for a human being, since the voters of Arizona and its (chuckle) Governer don't seem inclinded to take action to protect the innocent and treat the incarcerated according to the Constitution.

Meantime, the US Govt should pursue its Federal lawsuit with all deliberate speed.
 
 
+3 # hd70642 2012-07-01 01:36
Not feeding them safe food or giving them potable drinking water or overheating them serves no purpose and it is a wonder none of these inmates have died so far. Mr Arpaio is simply a grand standing publicity seeking sadistic clown !! How did he get this job in the first place?
 
 
+5 # hd70642 2012-07-01 03:25
Prisons are not supposed to be modeled after dungeons Gulags and the world's worst most atrocious concentration camps. The inmates are not supposed to be over heated dehydrated froze or feed gruel unfit for human consumption. The constitution has been against cruel and unusual punishment.
 
 
+4 # Old Man 2012-07-01 19:10
The whole State of Arizona is run by the insane.
 
 
+4 # Dave_s Not Here 2012-07-01 21:32
This primitive throwback can't do it alone. Obviously he has a cadre of willing co-conspirators assisting him in raping the constitutional and human rights of his prisoners. And they're all doing it for money. If they weren't being given money to do this, they'd be somewhere else doing something else.

Looking at it from the perspective of someone from another, western, advanced society, its mind-boggling that this could occur in a developed country in the year 2012.

Are they putting something in the water over there?
 
 
-6 # ecoforestree 2012-07-02 07:06
Here's another be a bee for your bonnet from Wikipedia: "On March 1, 2012, Arpaio and members of his Cold Case Posse held a news conference announcing their belief that President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate, released by the White House on April 27, 2011,[96] is a computer-genera ted forgery. Additionally, the Posse’s six-month-long investigation included an examination of President Obama’s Selective Service card and contended that it, also, is a forgery. Much of the evidence supporting their claims was presented at that press conference and at a second press conference held on March 31, 2012."The Sheriff is right to question the Obama birth certificate and citizenship. Isn't that what America is supposed to be about, questioning authority. The people of Arizona are right to question the Obama Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" policy of selling weapons to drug gangs in Mexico. The Obama administration' s "kill list and the murder of innocent civilians in their dirty wars is criminal. I hope Obama end of in Joe's jail for crimes against humanity, where he can be taught a lesson about justice.
 

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