Joe Arpaio on False McDonald's Arrest: Take All Brown People into Custody, Release Citizens Later

Arpaio shrugs off his arrest of an innocent American girl

If you're Hispanic in Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe's goons have probable cause to arrest you on suspicion of being undocumented. Hey, they can always release you later.

That's the word from the elephant's mouth after an MCSO raid on four area McDonald's yesterday that netted an American citizen, Viridiana Ramirez, who was cuffed and held for four hours as she pleaded with MCSO thugs that she was born in this country and could prove it.

What was Arpaio's response to the news that his Kris Kobach-trained deputies has violated the civil rights of a single mother and terrorized her no end?

"That's just normal police work, " he shrugged in a news conference following the raid. "Sometimes you do have probable cause, you do take people in for questioning, and they're released."

So it's arrest 'em if they're brown first, and sort 'em out later. False arrest and imprisonment be damned. 

Perhaps the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI should follow Arpaio's way of doing things. There's probable cause enough out there that Arpaio's deprived others of their civil rights and done so under the color of law.

So arrest him, and sort out the details later.

And when he whines about it, play a video of Arpaio's statement above. Just do so when I'm around so I can watch the look on his flaccid face.

Never has this county been so in need of federal intervention as it is now. Where are the feds? The DOJ's Civil Rights Division has been probing the MCSO for over a year. What is Attorney General Eric Holder waiting for, a gold-trimmed invitation to act?

U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke has a grand jury ongoing, investigating Arpaio's alleged criminal misdeeds. The same question goes for those involved in that inquiry.

How many more innocent people have to be arrested? How many more cases of racial profiling do there have to be? 

How many women will have their jaws busted and their arms broken, as has been the case for immigrant women held in Arpaio's jails?

It's not just women, of course. Last year Julio Mora, an American citizen, and his legal resident father were cuffed and held for three hours during the MCSO's violent immigration raid on Handyman Maintenance Inc., a county vendor.

Mora and his dad are now suing Sheriff Joe and the county. Ms. Ramirez should do the same, and extract her financial pound of flesh for Arpaio's misdeeds.

Arpaio acts as if he and his beige-shirts are above the law. They should not be. It's time for the feds to finally lay it down.

We're all tired of waiting. Tired of the excuses and dithering. Weary of watching yet another mother weep because of the way she was treated by Arpaio's roughneck Hispanic-hunters.

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Lisa
Lisa

The people of Arizona must take a LAWFUL stand  against this injustice that they are being subjected to. THIS TREATMENT IS TOTALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND UNAMERICAN!!!!!!  SHAME TO ALL THAT INACTED AND INFORCE THIS LAW!!!!!! 

Jess
Jess

Look, I'm sorry to all of you who are calling this an outrage and whatnot, but why are you so upset? I mean, the article is obviously biased against the law but if you really read and know SB1070 then you see all it really does is enforce federal law. Don't ask where the feds are, they're backing this up. It is terrible that this girl was falsely arrested but plenty of people are falsely arrested every day, even when it is obvious they are not guilty. Why complain about 4 hours in handcuffs when hundreds of innocent people spend their entire lives behind bars. My dad is a white, middle class, working man and I didn't meet him until I was 5 because of a false arrest just because of the part of town he lived in. This is something that happens, and it's not just because she is latin american. It's a fact of life. Arpaio is doing what he, as a law official, believes is the best way to uphold the law and I think he's doing a pretty good job. There have been over 300 arrests since this legislation was introduced... So far, I've only read about 3 arrests that were false. 

guest
guest

i was just held in Durango for 4 days because i had a similar name to someone with warrants in missouri and my skin is tan. and mcso slammed me to the floor during my release because i complained the toilet was backed up. YOU crack me up

Amadeus Beardsley
Amadeus Beardsley

I was just held in LBJ and Durango for 4 days in medium security because I'm tan, and was pulled over on my skateboard at midnight because i wanted to avoid a storm and held out in jack in the box. my bail bondsman and my lawyer cannot find my mugshot anymore, my booking paper is completely wrong, i was arrested by an off duty gilbert cop who waited at an intersection of baseline and power in Mesa and she took me to phoenix, a fifty minute drive. and i was told that arizona would refuse me a lawyer because i was charged with "fugitive of justice" a class C felony. my lawyer practically jumped on my case, and im hoping to sue. it took 20 hours to book me, and i was slammed against the floor during my release because they kept twenty of us in a five by five room with a backed up toilet and the vents shut off, and i got pissed because they wanted to feed us instead of letting us go when i had made bail and technically a free man but treated like dog shit until i got outside. i called the CO a fat ass and next thing i know my thumb is behind my head near my ear and hes yelling at me to quit resisting. i have bruises that i took pictures of and sent to my lawyer. FUCK. JOE. ARPAIO.

Blubiu22s. sloan
Blubiu22s. sloan

all u hispanics are the reason we have this problem hay how do u expect are officers to determine if and what hispanics are here illegally iam getting real tired of hispanics complaining about there rights u come from a country with no civil rights u come here illegal i might add and all the sudden u have rights.so enlighten me on how you obtained all thease so called rights and maybe u can help me out when i go to mexico can u fill me in on what rights i will be entitled to when i get there. again when u snuck into my country who gave u rights.

Amadeusbeardsley
Amadeusbeardsley

my mother is mexican and my father is white, are you calling me an illegal? because she worked hard to become a citizen of this country, and because of our last name were treated like dog shit by officers? what if i came from spain? what if i came from canada, or france, or anywhere like that? how come the cops dont worry about illegal europeans, because there are such a thing.

dlwmd
dlwmd

I love it!!! We need more people like Joe in America law enforcement. I'm sure all you liberal dumbacrats will whine about my view and most of America's view, but I could care less. If you're with the illegal scum in our country, then you're no better than the piece of dirt on the bottom of my shoe. The illegal population cost us hard working, tax paying citizens enough money and it's time to crack down and get them running scared. No more freebies!!!

Amadeusbeardsley
Amadeusbeardsley

wait, thats right, the europeans came over and raped the native americans and forced them into missionarys, which is where mexicans came from. huh. so maybe you should just shut the fuck up and study history.

Amadeusbeardsley
Amadeusbeardsley

so a good use of taxes was him buying a pink tank for 250 grand, and running over illegally parked cars? lol, if thats america then i want no part of it, send me and my family back to mexico. and while your at it, send all the foreigners back to their country, and give the native americans their land back.

TimFromLA
TimFromLA

Ah, so you support corporations breaking the law? how much are you getting paid by the Koch Brothers to troll this site?

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