Joe Arpaio Hammered by Politicians, Activists Praising DOJ Report

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Supervisor Wilcox, with the DOJ report on Joe's racial-profiling ways...

Flanked by community activists and fellow elected leaders at her El Portal restaurant in central Phoenix, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox held aloft the recently-released U.S. Department of Justice report on Sheriff Joe Arpaio's racial profiling campaign against Sand Land Latinos, and praised it as a sort of Christmas card to county Hispanics.

"God sometimes gives us Christmas miracles," she told reporters after thanking Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez for the report. "In my mind, the Latino community deserves this. We deserve people...trying to put into writing the injustices that have affected the Latino community and all of Arizona."

She added, "Let this be the start of the end of Joe Arpaio and his reign of terror."

There was certainly the sense of validation at the event. Attorney and activist Antonio Bustamante called it a "monumental day." 

Randy Parraz of Citizens for a Better Arizona referred to the report as a "good first step" and called today, "another day of accountability for Sheriff Arpaio."

Indeed, after three-plus years, the U.S. Department of Justice finally backed up through the findings of its civil investigation that Arpaio's office, in the words of Perez, "engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing, specifically....[the] racial profiling of Latinos, and unlawfully stops, detains and arrests Latinos."

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But still in power, alas...

Perez's report showed that "Latino drivers were four to nine times more likely to be stopped" by Arpaio's boys in beige. 

Moreover, the MCSO engages in "discriminatory policing," stated the DOJ. It found that one-fifth of all stops by the sheriff's notorious Human Smuggling Unit were "in violation of the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable seizures."

The Perez letter also detailed the MCSO's "discriminatory jail practices," as well as the MCSO's retaliation against critics of the sheriff or the MCSO's policies.

None of this, of course, was news to those speaking at the press conference. Which explains much of the enthusiasm displayed by the speakers.

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No matter what Arpaio does, there will always be fools like this one...

In that vein, state Senator Steve Gallardo labeled Arpaio "America's most incompetent sheriff," and wondered aloud at Perez's announced intention of seeking the MCSO's cooperation.

"Do we really anticipate Sheriff Joe cooperating with the DOJ?" he asked, rhetorically.

Like Parraz, Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, and others, Gallardo also called for Arpaio's resignation.

State Representative Ruben Gallego repeated the demand for Arpaio's harakiri, stating that Arpaio "needs to go," though afterward he and others of those asking for Arpaio to serve himself up as Christmas stew to his enemies, admitted to me that this was unlikely to occur.

Latino advocate Lydia Guzman of Respect/Respecto, a tireless Joe-foe whose work against Arpaio began years ago, shared the then "breaking news" that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had severed its 287(g) jails agreement with the MCSO

She then called for the DOJ to take the MCSO and its jails into receivership, a call echoed by other panelists at the presser.

Actually, I found that announcement from DHS the most significant one of the day, far more significant than Perez's, which for all its wonderful language, and the threat of a civil lawsuit against the MCSO, still held out a possible olive branch of mediation and working with the jefe of Sand Land.

This, despite the fact that DHS had maintained the jails agreement with MCSO in 2009, after not renewing its 287(g) memorandum of understanding with Arpaio for the use of 287(g) officers in the street. See, 287(g) is a section of federal law that allows the feds to cross-train deputies to be de facto immigration agents. 

Such agents were of great value to Arpaio when he was engaged in the very racial-profiling condemned by Perez's report, actually a 22-page letter to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

(You can read Perez's letter to Montgomery in full, here.)

To this effect, Phoenix civil rights champion Sal Reza blasted the feds for "enabling" Arpaio. 

"The remedial measures are ineffective," Reza stated of Perez's recommendations to MCSO. "These measures are giving Arpaio a pass to keep playing games."

Perez's letter gave Arpaio 60 days to come to an agreement, or face suit in federal court.

But Reza said it wasn't enough.

"Arpaio has a record of not complying with what the feds want him to do," Reza said. "Remedial action has to come immediately."

Later during the event, Bill Straus, Regional Director of the Arizona Anti-Defamation League, noted at one point that prejudice is "like a virus, it needs a host." 

And as the report makes clear, the MCSO has played host for racial and ethnic prejudice against Latinos. 

Outside, El Portal, demonstrators, pro-and con-Joe shouted at each other, as the the presser wound down. Indicating that the battle to remove Arpaio from power ain't over by a long shot.

Read the complete coverage:

Sheriff Arpaio's Office Commits Worst Racial Profiling in U.S. History, Expert Concludes in DOJ Investigation

Can Arpaio's "Culture of Bias" Be Fixed? DOJ Plan Involves
Training and New Policies

Feathered Bastard: Joe Arpaio Hammered by Politicians, Activists Praising DOJ Report

See our past coverage of the DOJ investigation of Arpaio. Read the full DOJ letter on the Arpaio investigation.

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Dipshiitdemocrat
Dipshiitdemocrat

Hello.  Do any of you get what is going on?  Of course there is racial profiling against Latinos.  The issue is to solve the influx of illegal aliens from Mexico.  The Federal Government isn't doing their job to enforce immigration law, so Arizona and other states need to enforce the laws for themselves.  How else did anyone expect to accomplish this without racial profiling.  Should they concentrate on different races each week?  Will that make people happy?  It certainly will not make progress in combatting illegal immigration from Mexico.  Hello?

I think what is really annoying all of you is that your hero Obama is going to lose potential votes when the illegals are sent back to Mexico.

OK, I know there are those out there that will attack me for saying all this.  Keep in mind that the idea was to enforce immigration laws and stop the influx of illegals overwhelming the tax payer resources.  How on earth are we supposed to get thid done without getting tough?

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Please listen to lieutenant Mike-stauffer radio interview

Please consider voting for lieutenant Mike-stauffer for our next Maricopa sheriff.

Link belowhttp://theloushow.com/2011/12/...

eD
eD

I'm reading about this from the East Coast and it's clear, despite the paper's bias, that Arpaio has to go. I've seen him elsewhere, such as Current's Vanguard, and even there he doesn't make himself look good. Anyway, this has to be said: Run your final drafts past your editor before you print/publish/post, man! Your grammar is discrediting your argument!

Xiomaracafe
Xiomaracafe

everything is  racism ??????????!!!!! that is sickkkkkkk !!!!!!   It is time we take care of our people, our country!!.. i  read these people in their comments  in spanish and they are always complaining and bringin more people here illegally,  this must be stop !!! they say this land is their land!! it is insane!!!! i think of all  as a whole country, one and not divided!! but when we have been invaded , I SAID,:  INVADED BY AN INVASION OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ILLEGALLY, WHAT DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD DO!! REGARDLESS THE REASON!! OK?  THEY BECOME LEGAL BY AN AMNISTY, AND THEY BRING MORE! LIKE IT HAPPEND ALREADY!! FIRST AMNISTY THEY WERE ONLY THREE MILLIONS AND NOW WE PROBABLE  HAVE IS 15MILLIONS!!!  STOP AND THINK.  WE HAVE A DEBT TO PAY OF OVER THOUSAND TRILLIONS!!! AND HERE WE ARE PAYING FOR THEM ABOUT 200BILLIONS PER YEAR, AND MORE COMING!!! ????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !! AND NO AMNISTYYYYYYYY!! LETS US CARRY AN ID  NATIONALLY TO  DEFINE OUR LEGALITY !! AND ENFORCE E VERIFY, AND ENFORCE OUR LAW!!!! PLEASE....  THE COUNTRY IS INVADED , DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS?  ILLEGALLLSSSSSSSS !! NOT ABIDING BY  OUR LAWS... THERE ARE THOUSANDS THAT PAID AND DID LEGAL PROCEDURE TO COME IN LEGALLY !!!! AND THESE CAME JUST LIKE THAT????  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO  !!! LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS , PLEASE !!!!  THIS IS NOT RACISM !! THIS IS TO STAND UNITED, ONE NATION!! NOT DIVIDED AND THINK OF OUR FAMILY AND FUTURE!!!! WE ARE HURT AND CAN NOT AFFORD TO PAY FOR OTHERS RIGHT NOW!!! AND ABOVE THAT,, WE MUST NOT ALLOW OUR QUALITY OF LIFE TO GO EVEN LOWER !!!!  ONLY ONE HOSPITAL IN TEXAS EN ONE YEAR, PAID FOR ILLEGAL  MOTHERS BIRTH,  THE AMOUNT OF 65MILLIONS! ONE YEAR, ONLY BIRTHS! WE PAID FOR THIS!! WE THE TAX PAYERS!!! THEN,  THE CHECK PER MONTH, AND FOOD AND MEDICINE CARE!!!  THAT WAS ONE HOSPITAL IN TEXAS, I THINK I READ THE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN HOUSTON~!! CHECK THESE THINGS OUT !!! ... THINK.

Bobsgrill221
Bobsgrill221

we think all sheriff dept. should be ran like sheriff joes

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

while arpaio admonishes the DOJ. Yes it is a sad day in America under a sheriff who thumbs his nose at the Constitution and humanity...."We received news from an inside source that a Latino inmate at the 4th Avenue Jail is brain dead due to excessive force by detention officers. (posted one hour ago)"

Anthony Wesley
Anthony Wesley

Steven Lemmons is my Hero.  I have to say that without your incredible investigative reports all the way back to Bearup this could never have happened.  You are the best investigative reporter  I have ever read. Props to you buddy!

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

For all the people who have voted and are about to vote again for sheriff Joe Arpaio you are responsible for this latest inmate who is on life support today after being taken to sheriff Arapio Jail. You have blood on your hands.Now tell me do you feel good for the good work your Sheriff Arpaio is doing ?

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/...

leo
leo

hispanics are DISGUSTING like cockroaches! Keep up the good work Joe to get rid of this infestation!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

JUST Like Bull Conner!  Montini's article in the March 1 2009 edition of the Arizona Republic  took activists to task for complaining mightily about Arpayoso.  Now we have it official, Apayoso is WORSE than Bull Conner - Montini is such a putzhttp://www.azcentral.com/arizo...M

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

Time to send Joe to the Federal Fuckup  Farm.  I do have to disagree on one point... the feds are not enabling Arpiao, they are setting him up.  The old adage of "giving him enough rope to hang himself" is what I believe is the Fed's agenda ... it's all good. 

Really Arpiao, do you truly believe you can fight the feds?  Do you beleive you wield more power than Janet Napalitano? 

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is guilty of having his priorities mixed up maybe due to a deep racist bias toward latinos. Granted there is and probably will always be a problem with people coming over from other countries with out the proper documentation but Sheriff Joe Arpaio & his merry men of the MCSO are not the United states customs & border patrol.Sheriff Joe Arpaio should of focus more on the real felony criminals that abound in our state instead he decided to go after corn venders,car wash attendants,taco makers,If sheriff Joe Arpaio was a real law man he would have not wasted so much of Maricopa countys money on such shortsighted operations instead he could of used his limited resources putting away real bad guys like child molesters,bank robbers,drug dealers,organized crime, now that's a novel idea. Sheriff joe you had your chance and you blew it it's time for a new sheriff in town. Please consider Lieutenant Mike Stauffer Candidate for Maricopa County Sheriff. Our next Maricopa county Sheriff. Thank you.

shortskirt
shortskirt

The hard cold facts are that the DOJ will need to issue it's report on it's criminal investigation and hopefully simultaneously perp walk these disgusting pieces of garbage past the cameras in cuffs. And everyone of these MSCO criminals should be stripped of every asset that they have gotten from this criminal enterprise and that includes the low fucking level brown shirts and their families to of course greaseball and  his friends. If anyone in their families is living off or has profited from this corrupt gulag they have run all these years then every last one of these family members, kids in college, wives, whatever ought to have their assets stripped by the Feds and told to get a job or live in a fucking box.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Sounds like MCAO Montgomery has a full plate. Hopefully the DOJ will help pull some of the MCAO 200,000 Thomas felony cases that have been swept under the rug and help him out.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Stephen, Great reporting. Today was a big day in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona!! Thank you God!

Coz
Coz

Been a long time coming, many of us have waited a long time for this.

Temoc
Temoc

Joe 'BULL CONNOR' Arpaio needs to do the perp walk! Take em down! The POS has violated more laws than many prisoners sitting in the MC jail as we speak!

Sadly, this won't happen because at the end of the day, it's a political decision - not a legal one. Unlike 2010, the Obama regime has concluded that confrontation with Joe 'El Duce' Arpaio aids their re-election bid!

Keep up the good work Stephen! I know you're an agnostic. However, I want you to know that I said more than a few prayers for YOU when you mentioned you were ill!

Jason
Jason

That DOJ report is more than likely the final nail in the Old Fool's coffin.

The GJ looking into the MCSO shurf and Candy Andy's abuse of power will more than likely see that report. The report will also play into the lawsuits stemming from the county's Civil War initiated by the Old Fool and Candy Andy.

Indictments are coming. Real soon. I can smell it. I can taste it.

maybe368
maybe368

Brick by  brick he is coming down, but, he is as dangerous as any wounded animal. This is going to be fun to watch...

Xiomaracafe
Xiomaracafe

Terrible sorry for someone in that terrible position and his family, but,  as far as we know, teh accusations are not proven.  What did that guy do?  Did he kicked everyone, and they had to hold him?

we do not know!!! i i found were activists and people who are blinded about accepting everyone here~!~!! and it does not fly for me.  WE must love our country.. when i go into a program 's page , in facebook,  called  AL PUNTO... AND READ THEM THERE.... my blood boils!! they say things  that show they do not like the americans, that they are gringos, ( which means monkeys)( that all are drugged, that this lands belong to them, they work and we dont!  and so much stupidity!!!! that we love to make wars, and we make money out of it.. and here you are feeling so sorry about the man being hurt... i see the two sides... IN this country people have feelings and are, at worst, even then, concerned about others, but hey!! they came illegally  forcing their ways in, they learn very very soon, how to get all the benefits of our society, and  give birth ,  some even up to 6  , average or trhee or four kids, and their birth is free, at any hospital ! ( we pay for it.....!!!)) then , they say their husband left and they get a check for this baby, plus,  they become  anchors for them to make their staying here legal!!  the more babies the more money!!! food, medical care, and in some cases, i read there that they get even section 8 !!!!   in birth alone, there is a man who brings information to the forum and posted in HOuston,  (* i m almost certain was HOuston memorial hospital,.....  we the people, paid  $65MIllions!!! one year!!!!  then, all the other things, and schools!!!!   some of the schools on border cities, have 900 or 700 students crossing during the day, and going back to mexico after school via walking!!! we pay for the shcools, and food,  they lie saying they live here at enrolling... loookk fro that also!!!  we loooseeeeeeeeeee and then,  i read them???? nahhhhhhhhhh,, noo  way.. is wrong..   HOW DO YOU STOP   THM FROM COMING??? THEERE IS A TRAIN, CALLED  '' THE BESTIA''   LOADED COMING IN  AVERAGE 1500 PER DAY, MORE AND MORE,  TAKE THEM OUT AND THEY COME BACK!!! SO?????   is arpaio   enough?  no.    we need an id  national to identify us all, we need to enforce our laws!!!!   ......... there is a lot to read, learn and consider but our  Country,, should be protected for us, citizens.  and our children and children;s next generation !!!!! When we vote, we should always think of our country as a whole!! not just vote for  Obama because he promissed to do a reform on inmigration!!!! , example!!! which they did !!!!!!... seeeee???????    is it one country  united !< part of the name!!!! ok??????????   so think.....     Before someone say ARpaio did something, investigate also!! there are millions who are against him  because they are the type to be in favor to bring more and more illegallyyyyyyyyy !!! BE careful... i am not saying ARpaio is not or is guilty!!<<< just to think and investigate, before you say things  like that!!!!!    the border states suffer the brunt of the guys crossing over and the drug coming in also!!!!! ok????  and they know how bad this is.......   think about all of thiese things

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

That's one of the reasons I'm here!

Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

AW, We also agree with your comment about Stephen Lemons. He is the best!  The public would know nothing, another year of status quo would pass, if we didn't have him.  Kudos to Stephen Lemons for your courage and dogged pursuit of the truth!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

the only infestation Sheriff Joke needs to get rid of is you and your filthy inbred relatives.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

FUCK YOU! inbred trailer trash, go beat you girlfried, I hear she has been giving $20 blowjobs to latinos at the Home Depot parking lot to support your kids, better yet, support the bitch so does't have to go around whoring, PUNK.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

And he already tied a noose himself, perfectly round.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Please understand people - Joe Arpaio is not having a deep racist bias towards latinos, he's married to one!.  He is guilty of engendering racist bias towards latinos in his followers and officers at MCSO.  He doesn't believe a word of what he says.  He's pandering to bigots to get re-elected.  It's the people in this County who voted for the FUCK who is to blame for this report and Arpaio's policies.  And don't think that any group has a predilection for bigotry over another.  We are humans.  Humans evolved with a fight or flight response built into our genes.  It's a genetic bias towards our own "group" that causes bigotry.  It's natural.  It's also not needed in today's world where we are consciously aware that we are one race and we're not roving around in small tribes and attacking one another.  Please understand this truth and realize that we need to modify this behavior with laws and cultural norms.  If you hear a black person talking about whites or latinos using ANY type of belittling language, stop them.  If you hear a latino saying things about whites or blacks that you know are not true of all, stop them.  It's not just the word "Nigger" that needs to be avoided and pointed out as inappropriate, it's spic, white boy, cracker, etc. etc.  Realize that you are not a monkey anymore and have a brain - stop with the bigoted behavior - now is as good a time as any.  WE ARE ONE RACE - THE HUMAN RACE.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

some of you longer then me, because I think the fool has been in office since I moved here in 01.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Tent City - on the VIP cot. Right next to Bubba....

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

That is unfortunately correct, Jason. It's not an indictment. There are no criminal charges yet. But there may well be.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Unfortunately, considering his reaction to this report, the only way to get this delusional racist out of office will  be under Federal indictment.

Rickvaughn
Rickvaughn

Hopefully that also includes Governor Drinkwine Brewer.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

heh, ALL AND ALL it's just another brick in the wall!

Jason
Jason

Indeed...I'm loving every minute of it so far!!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol I think I saw his Mom at the Home Depot On Thomas Rd!

Jason
Jason

Exactly my point.

The federal GJ will be allowed to examine that report and it can be used as evidence against the Old Fool.

Paul Revere once shouted "The British are coming! The British are coming!"

I shout "The indictments are coming! The indictments are coming!"

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

they can't come soon enough!ALL I want for chrismas is The joke in jail,he's the most major epic FAIL(ok I am tired)

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