Joe Arpaio Pleads for More Millions, as Juan Farias Mendoza's Ghost Looks On

Consider this the first anti-Arpaio ad for 2012, ironically produced by Arpaio's goons, and censored heavily by them as well....

He's cost taxpayers $100 million in swiped county funds, has the blood of unfortunates such as Juan Farias Mendoza on his hands, was forced to settle to the tune of $1 million in that same case, boasts that he has $6 million in his own re-election coffers, and yet he wants still more of your cash?

Yep, that's our own corrupt-as-heck Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the biggest as-yet-unindicted criminal in Maricopa County, who just sent out the e-mail blast below seeking as much loot as he can stuff into his aged craw, all because Randy Parraz of Citizens for a Better Arizona fame has threatened to make Joe the next sleazy politician to go down after disgraced, former state Senate President Russell Pearce.

Penning this shameless appeal? None other than Joe's campaign manager Chad Willems of Summit Consulting, who along with Chuck Coughlin (otherwise known as Governor Jan Brewer's "brain") and slime-magnet Constantin Querard pimped mightily for Mesa's neo-Nazi-hugging ex-state Senator.

I caught Willems on the phone, who copped to disseminating the filthy-lucre-fundraising missive for Arpaio, but once again denied any collusion with Querard or others over the sham, pro-Pearce candidacy of Olivia Cortes

(Though he admitted that he and Coughlin did consult regularly about Pearce's embarrassing campaign as it was ongoing. Oh, to have been a fly on those walls.)

arpaio222.jpg
arpaio333.jpg

It's worth remembering, as we head into 2012, that the folks running and aiding Arpaio's campaign for re-election will be the same who backed Pearce's dirty effort to stave off the recall. 

Remember, also, that when some of Joe's brutal boys in beige beat and Tase another human being to death (um, allegedly), the ultimate settlement for this crime doesn't come out of the sheriff's $6 million-deep political pocket. 

That's something you and I have to pay as county taxpayers. In the case of Mendoza's family, we owe them $1 million for their loss.

Seems a meager sum to pay for a human life. Particularly considering the brutal, third-world nature of Mendoza's demise. 

In MCSO custody for an outstanding DUI warrant in 2007, Mendoza was, according to the complaint brought by the mother of his three children, violently assaulted by MCSO personnel, "pepper balled and Tased...several times." 

These detention officers "charged [Mendoza] with a stun shield and aggressively hit him," all while the 40 year-old was naked, handcuffed behind his back.

The list of Mendoza's injuries is so long, it would take a two or three page blog post for me to reproduce it. Read the complaint, here, for a full recounting.

Video released by the MCSO has obviously been tampered with, but still resembles footage from the 1982 Costa-Gavras film Missing, about the bloody, right-wing dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile.

The photos of Mendoza's corpse tell the tale. If I had the means to do so, I'd buy a billboard near downtown, and set one of these photos of Mendoza's tortured body next to the smiling, porcine mug of our almost-octogenarian sheriff, an equals sign between them.

mendoza1.jpg
Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner
If New Times had not received an anonymous tip in 2008, the public might never have learned of Mendoza's brutal death

It was my colleague John Dickerson who broke the Mendoza story in 2008 after receiving an anonymous tip. Dickerson has since left New Times, but his description of what Mendoza endured remains bone-chilling. I reproduce it here in part. 

At the time, Mendoza was undergoing alcohol withdrawal:

mendoza2.jpg
Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner
More evidence of the MCSO's brutality... 

Eleven officers teamed up to move [Mendoza]. They swarmed him, wrapped a blanket over his head, and strapped a leather restraint, known as a "belly belt," around the blanket to hold it in place.

Then they put him in a wheelchair with restraints.

"Get me out of here. They just kidnapped me. They are trying to shoot me. They just [shot] me on my legs. Somebody is trying to kill me," [Mendoza]yelled as the officers surrounded him, according to one sergeant's report.

Another officer wrote that [Mendoza] was "talking nonsense."

Maybe not. Photos show that he was, indeed, shot in the legs -- by Tasers and pepper balls. And he did stop breathing minutes after shouting that he was being killed.

As officers pulled [Mendoza] out of the wheelchair, they wrestled a "spit mask" over his mouth. Spit masks are used to cover an inmate's face below the nose; they're supposed to be used only if an inmate is biting or spitting.

mendoza33.jpg
Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner
Mendoza's face in death, after his MCSO beat-down...

Officers then pushed [Mendoza's] face down on his stomach -- a deadly position that can lead to suffocation if guards push down too hard. It's well known in law enforcement that an inmate on his stomach can easily die from "positional asphyxiation." If the inmate is cuffed behind the back and officers apply too much pressure, the lungs simply can't function. A mask over the mouth -- limiting airflow -- can exacerbate the situation.

Two officers held [Mendoza's] legs and other guards pinned down his arms and back while yet another "held his head down" for nearly 10 minutes, according to the reports.

[Mendoza] was fighting for his life. The county medical examiner documented "blunt force injuries" on his face, torso, and limbs. His neck muscles hemorrhaged internally from the strain, and a gash was notched out of his nose -- either from being struck or from being pressed into something.

As the guards held him face down, one noticed that [Mendoza] was no longer moving or breathing. The guards rolled him over and pulled the spit mask off his mouth. It was filled with blood. So were his nostrils.

The guards attempted CPR, but it didn't work. [Mendoza] was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Mendoza's wrongful death is but one of many over the years in Arpaio's gulags that have cost Maricopa County taxpayers $50 million in payouts and legal fees.

If Arpaio were directly liable for such settlements and awards, I'm guessing he might have checked on his own brutality and the brutality of his men long ago. 

But when there are no consequences for criminality and wrongdoing, it's an open invitation for perpetrators to repeat their nefarious deeds. 

Arpaio's longtime justifier, MCSO flack Jack MacIntyre, characteristically blamed the victim in an interview with Fox 10, complaining that Mendoza was no "decathlete," and poo-pooh-ing the $1 million payout as simply going into a lawyer's account somewhere and being of no use to Mendoza's family.

If Dante's hell were a reality, where divine punishment is designed to fit the crime, MacIntyre would be forced to view images of Mendoza's torture for all eternity, his eyes propped open like those of Malcolm McDowell's character in A Clockwork Orange.

Those opposed to Arpaio should recall Mendoza, the $100 million Arpaio has criminally squandered, and the sheriff's misdeeds with his erstwhile partners-in-overreach -- disgraced former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, ex-enforcer David Hendershott, and the now-dethroned Pearce -- whenever they require motivation for outing Arpaio in 2012.

Sure, like some Chicago mob boss of old, Arpaio may have $6 million in the bank. But there's not enough money in the world to wash the blood of Arpaio's victims from his hands. And there are some things -- as Pearce's recent defeat has taught us -- that cannot be glossed over, no matter how slick or pricey the PR machine involved.

My Voice Nation Help
124 comments
JENSMITTH
JENSMITTH

this is just so wrong. If another person besides the mcso would have done something this horrible to another individual they would have been tried for capital case and the prosecution would have tried to get the death penalty. 


this is horrendous and i do not think that the 1,000,000.00 settlement would suffice. 

Juden
Juden

Yellow six pointed star juxtaposed against barbedwire....really. Was the Holocaust imagery not immediately apparent to everyone involved?All that's left is to write Jude across the star and the imagery is complete.Really?!?!

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

The "arpaio culture" of cruelty and inhumanity to man. Is this the America citizens and voters want to continue support? ALL are at risk in the "fast and furious" rush to incarcerate for $$'s NOT safety.

"Torture in American prisons" - YouTubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

YourproductsucksMom
YourproductsucksMom

Hi, I'm ThisProductSucks's mom. I want to apologize for my son who is deeply disturbed and lives in my basement. He hates Mexicans because they don't mind working for a living while he's too lazy to break a sweat. He also never bathes, is almost 50 and has never had a woman. He's filled with hate because he's a loser and never did anything with his life. That's why he spends all of his time cutting and pasting lies about immigration and trying to convince you he knows everything about anything and I know he's full of shit. I'd kick him out of the house but he's my blood, though I'm not proud of it. 

Better To Know the Devil
Better To Know the Devil

The U.S did the same thing to the Chinese immigrants who built our rail road in the early 1800,s. Come America's first great depression, 1819. We killed,assaulted and gathered Chinese immigrants like Nazi,s and threw them on ships deporting them back because we feared they where stealing our jobs..thousands died along the way including those taking there money somewhere else. In AZ SB1070 sent hundred and thousands of dollars to NM,CA and other states shutting down and bankrupting AZ businesses. Victims of crimes who have an established tenured residence can not call the police because they will not be seen again and separated from there children. Witnesses keep walking or don't call 911 in an emergency compromising there family,communities health and safety. law enforcement and the governors office sent bogus statistic about kidnapping and abductions to bilk Washington of Millions.Full implementation of SB1070 was gonna make Gov. Jan Brewer Millions in kick backs from private prisons that where gonna bank on every illegal the state incarcerates demanding the feds put up the bill on some poor woman or man cited for jay walking without papers holding them for 6 months for deportation on the tax payers dime HELLO..Behind the seen dangerous drug cartels are hauling TONS of dope via tunnels,rogue U.S border agents,subs and anything else they can use..Arpio pissed off 100 MILLION of the tax payers dollars when he could of used that money to take out cartels and there hench men playing hop scotch on his border everyday. He has hundreds and thousands of dangerous felony arrest warrants and he is hawking broken tail lights betting the driver dont speak english!! He has NEO-NAZIS with AK47,s at all his demonstrations protecting him.. ..Let me tell you something I have been involved in strategic security for some time now..When I see the behavior of arpio,brewer,pearce and others like this..I see a strong resemblance to Iranian,NK and Chinese, former NAZI regime influence... Thousands of U.S soldiers died for our freedom and instead of going 10 steps forward we went 20 steps back with NO ground to walk on!

Restore Sanity
Restore Sanity

That video acually looked pretty timid to me....The marks on the corpse are not bruising they are lividity, which everyone gets whent hey die. All of the people posting on here obviously don't have to deal with death on a daily basis.  Must be nice to be so ignorant.  Do we really think we can stop all deaths from happening in a jail system of 10,000 in custodies? It is going to happen even with every precaution taken. Get over it, the guy was scum anyways.

Better Know the devil!!
Better Know the devil!!

MCSO, is a AZ brutal legal law enforcement militant entity that has killed,assaulted,tortured,starved many inmates. Some detained for parking violations or failure to appear,non-violent offenses & thrown into holding cells with killers and rapist. In November of 2005 a member of the U.S intelligence agency entered the Madison Street jail to locate a double homicide suspect that was picked up 3 times and released 2 times to be only charged with joy riding. After numerous attempts by the victims families explaining that the suspects keeps getting released, where ignored. Nevertheless by the time the agent was done with the full report to Washington D.C on the conditions that where identified or compared to renditions. In December of 2005 the suspect was charged properly with double homicide & the Madison street jail was shut down. Attackers of the report and the closing of the jail countered, stating it was a coincidence. The agent specifically made it clear in his report that MCSO has no intentions of closing the Madison street jail and was using it and its conditions as a form of mental and physical torture (Depending how far down or up in the facility you where held) for getting arrested in AZ. The Madison St jail was to continue in processing in conjunction with the new 5Th street jail... Furthermore In the interim of the agents investigation MCSO/POSSE goons broke into his sub office in PHX az and vandalized the agents office and stole 2 computers. later the MCSO office stated it was a POSSE member who broke in and was apprehended..It is unknown if the Madison street jail is open or closed or had been rehabed!!

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Joe got 55% of the votes counted in his last election. That was before he had to fire his top three deputys for corruption. peace

Sandrabf
Sandrabf

Is this happenning here? in country of human rights? where is our Federal Goverment? are these maniacs free of charges? I don't comprehend how the voters can elect a criminal, they are guiltier than arpio.  Do we have a department of justice in this country????????  We send our troop to Afganistan, Iraq, former Yugoeslavia why we don't send National security to Arizona? ummmmm no comprendo nadaaaaaaaaaa.    

Benny
Benny

I just sent Joe $1000. I hope he can use it somehow.

matt gordon
matt gordon

Only a sociopath could consider humiliation, brutal beatings and denial of medical assistance to be "enforcing the rule of law."

DG
DG

Funny! I thought Russell Pearce was removed from office becuase he's a fucking asshole!!!!!!!!!!

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Add the many unprecedented prison deaths in the Arizona Department of Corrections that have been swept under the rug...

"Jan Brewer's Chuck Coughlin, CCA, KPHO, and the Nearly $14K Canceled Ad Buy"  Phoenix News - Feathered Bastard

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Stephen, Great reporting, exposing the truth of Arizona's culture of cruelty and inhumanity to man -- women and children. The true criminals are on the outside and need to be sent to prison and throw away the key! Who's starting the Recall Arpaio campaign?

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Stephen, thank you for posting the photos of Mr. Mendoza.  Hard to look at, but they demonstrate the truth better than anything of what's happening at the MCSO and brings light to the changes that must be made.

Arpaio has allowed this shit to be swept under the carpet for too long.

If Arpaio stays in office, how many more people are going to lose their lives because of his arrogance, corruption, and incompetence? 

Change can only begin once Arpaio is removed from office and replaced with a competent LE professional.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

The sight of dead bodies is shocking to the ignorant. Lividity shows up as bruising. This blog lacks intellectual honesty. Why leave out what the ME determined was the cause of death? Quoting the families attorney's description of the events and presenting them as facts? Tsk tsk.

Rick
Rick

Why not start the "Impeach Joe Arpaio" movement right now?

DisgustedwithArpaio
DisgustedwithArpaio

Wake up AZ!!! Evil prevails when the good do nothing! STOP electing Monsters!!!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I have no clue why we continue to elect this idiot.  He is harmful and evil.

Leonardclark
Leonardclark

Dear GOD ! This is what our state of Arizona has come to be known as simply because we have this incomprehensible monster pretending to be a sheriff of Maricopa county ! Thanks for nothing Eric Holder (U.S. Attorney General) for doing nothing about these "murders" under the direction of this "monster" known as Joe Arpaio ! This monster needs to be re-called, indicted, tried, convicted and then put do "life" for the murders of prisoners (and yes Arpaio worshippers, they weren't convicted yet) under his direction.  This piece of filth comes from back East and claims he is some kind of cowboy, he is a ake and a sad excuse for a lawman.  Further...if any of you who work under him still worship him as Mussolini's followers did...wake the hell up ! He is causing much pain and suffering on the part of families who live in this state because he okays the beating, torturing and killing of prisoners under his watch.He is known as "nickel bag Joe" because he goes after "little people" not the real criminals !Indict Joe Arpaio !Leonard ClarkArizona Native11-18-11

Dingdongpearceisgone
Dingdongpearceisgone

Joe Arpaio is a criminal. Plain and simple. Voting for him condones this type of brutality.

Better Know the devil!!
Better Know the devil!!

PHX Fire and science program.. Alumni 1992 Know the schbeal, definitely NOT Rigormortis!!

Coz
Coz

Thats because you're an idiot.

Jason
Jason

You know you can only provide a candidate $424, per Arizona law, yes?

You just lost $576. You FAIL!!

Guest
Guest

Spoken like a true dumbass w/too much money. Best argument for a graduated income tax I've seen in some time.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

either that or someone who is ignorant!

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Great question.."If Arpaio stays in office, how many more people are going to lose their lives because of his arrogance, corruption, and incompetence?"

Coz
Coz

The claim also alleged that the Sheriff's Office had not been forthcoming in sharing details about Mendoza's death, although an examination by the county's former medical examiner determined bruises and contusions on Mendoza's body indicated evidence of trauma.Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizo... 

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

if you guys pass a petition, I will sign, but I don't know if I will be of much use, I live in Yavapai county.

Glraven
Glraven

Well stated, Leonard Clark.

Jason
Jason

Joe Arpaio comes from Springfield, MA and even there, Arizona is a joke.

I remember going to visit my family last May and while I was there, they brought up Arizona and SB1070 on every newscast. It eventually resulted in the MA Legislature officially condemning this state.

We need to oust Joe Arpaio. Now.

Coz
Coz

Absolutely !

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

It's a question I'd prefer (for the victims' sake) that we never have an answer for.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

General

Home

Loading...