Joe Arpaio Resignation: Online Petition Demands Sheriff Take a Powder

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The clock is tickin' for Sheriff Joe...

It's pile-on time for that infamous ignorer of sex-crimes cases, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and, boy, does the near-80 autocrat ever deserve the abuse.

Democratic Congressmen and state legislators are calling for his scalp in the wake of his latest scandal -- the MCSO's ball-drop on more than 400 sex cimes cases, many involving little children. Even U.S. Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain have recently gotten into the act, kinda-sorta.

Of course, most of the public looked the other way when Arpaio's misdeeds involved persecuting his enemies, stealing $100 million from county coffers, engaging in unconstitutional "sweeps" of Latino neighborhoods, or torturing and killing inmates in his vast incarceration complex.

But not investigating kid molesters? That, finally, may be the straw that crushes the sheriff's political vertebrae.

Joe, however, will not go gently into that good night, and is currently doing his impersonation of James Cagney's gangster in The Public Enemy.

Dislodging him from power will eventually mean beating him in an election -- either the 2012 Republican primary, or the general. Assuming the feds don't get off their duffs and indict him as they should have long ago.

Nevertheless, I suspect Arpaio will hold on till the bitter end. So what do those who want to see him gone do in the meantime?

One suggestion comes from award-winning investigative journo and former U.S. Senate candidate  John Dougherty. The erstwhile New Times scribe yesterday began a Change.org petition, with the following preamble:

"Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has failed to protect the public and carry out his duties as an elected official in a Constitutional manner. The latest disclosure that MCSO failed to investigate hundreds of sex-crime cases involving children is just one in a long list of atrocities that have taken place under Arpaio's 20-years in power. 

"Too many people have died in Arpaio's jails, too many citizens' Constitutional rights have been trampled, too many people have been forced to live in fear of retaliation for daring to challenge the Sheriff's policies. Now is the time to end his reign of terror, abuse and willful disregard for the Arizona and United States Constitution."

As of the posting of this blog item, the petition has scored 187 signatures and counting. Not too shabby for a less-than-24-hours-old effort.

Such a petition could grow to be an effective political tool against Arpaio. Imagine how many signatures it will have in September of next year, when the general election is hard on Arpaio's heels.

By that time, or before then, such a petition may become an issue Arpaio will have to address. And to the extent it puts him on the defense, I'd say it's worth signing.

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Nancy55
Nancy55

We love you Joe you are a true Patriot !

Ernie13x
Ernie13x

Amazing! I've just signed the petition, and as of 1:30 this afternoon there were 19,358 signatures. A survey just a few days ago in Az indicated out of 800 ppl questioned, 58% want his immediate resignation. If we continue to stand united on this issue, we can remove this abomination!

David Wykoff
David Wykoff

Liberal or not is NOT the issue here, HE is corrupt he used the Shield Law not to hide his address but to hide the commercial properties he was buying up. WHY? his Jails have cost the county over 50 million $ in settlements. Why? HE has terrorized the Hispanic community in Phoenix. AND I am talking about the LEGAL ones. wrongfully arrested and many who stay home so they don't have to hassle with the time it takes to get processed out by his goons when  you have to show you are here legally. Why? He allowed rapes of minors OVER 400 to go unchallenged or investigated. WHY? HE has always taken FULL responsibility for ALL investigations when they go in HIS favor and when not I knew nothing about it is his response. WHY? He is supposed to stop lawbreakers that include HIM! AZMOM OPEN YOUR EYES AND DISCOVER HE IS NOT A SAINT HE IS HUMAN AND THAT HUMAN IS IN THE THICK OF EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG WITH HIS ORGANIZATION.

YOGI
YOGI

What a shame that no one intervened before he reproduced.

Barbara Bonilla
Barbara Bonilla

i think this guy  is stupid what power does he have? does he not know that arizona belonged to the mexicans before he even thought of being there.and that agly lookin mayor  she looks like one of thoses mug shots he has on his web site this guy is over powering his authority lets put him behind the wheel put him in pink underwear stupid ass.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Demand the Resignation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio | Criminal Justice Petition | Change.org  

Call the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (602) 506-3416http://www.change.org/..."Randy Parraz of Citizens for a Better Arizona wants to know just how many botched investigations it will take for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to call for Arpaio's resignation:"If over 400 uninvestigated sex crimes are not enough for supervisors to join other elected leaders in calling for Sheriff Arpaio's resignation, then citizens want to know WHAT IS THEIR NUMBER?" wonders Parraz in a recent announcement to the CBA faithful. "Is it 500 uninvestigated sex crimes? 750? Over 1,000? Citizens want to know what it will take for members of the Board of Supervisors to break their silence."Will you call the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors at (602) 506-3416 and ask them the same question? They need to know that not speaking out against Arpaio is the same as supporting his actions."Over 2,500 signatures.. 

JackofNoTrade
JackofNoTrade

That petition has no bearing on anything, and it doesn't verify information.  I signed it as Mickey Mouse from Anaheim.  Most of the signatures are from outside of Maricopa County.  

Guest
Guest

That old Dago Guinea Italian Bastard JOE will die of old age before he retires so wise up you fools. his big ego and Italian pride wont let him retire. so get over it and move on with your shitty boring lives already.

Eldanny 2957
Eldanny 2957

About time this monkey is ouuuuuttttttt racist fu%#$

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Right on, PTCGAZ,  they appear not comprehend  287(g) .

Anon
Anon

Arpaio endorsing Gov. Perry?

Incendiary: powerful film shows how an innocent man was put to death in Texas, under Governor Rick Perry’s watch [MOVIE REVIEW]http://www.easyreadernews.com/...

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Gee, who is this CHEM TRAIL KAREN ??!! MY Goodness, I,m not very picky when it comes to tough language, at times, but what the hell is this? Hey KAREN, are you a product of the "Second Cousin Syndrome"? You sure sound off like it!

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

To ask what the number is to break the BOS silence .... Call the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.  (602) 506-3416 

Jason
Jason

How many sigs are needed?

Jason
Jason

"His big ego and Italian pride won't let him retire."

He'll be forced into retirement once the feds indict his senile old ass. Then we'll see how much Italian pride helps you in jail.

Jason
Jason

Ever notice how every Republican presidential candidate who sought and received an MCSO shurf endorsement dropped in the polls?

--Herman Cain dropped out completely. Not like he had much of a chance anyway.

--Michele Bachmann is non-existent in the polls. She'll eventually drop out.

--Rick Perry has all but vanished. Maybe he can continue to support the criminal illegals through tax dollars in Texas.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

a few have been put to death in TX that were innocent. A good read is "An Innocent Man" by John Grisham. The book is based off of a real story, and is not a work of fiction.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

(S)he is a fictional character (likely a member of the MCSO media machine) who pops in from time to time and spews meaningless mush toward whomever might be opposing the Flaccid Fool.

(S)he doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to post under a real name, so her posts are not to be taken seriously.

CHUCK ZITO
CHUCK ZITO

I been to jail and prison it didnt scare me none.

CHUCK ZITO
CHUCK ZITO

 He will not go to jail either. never underestimate a back East Italian like me or Joe. we beat up guys like you desert hicks back east all day long. we are very tough back here. you guys on your best day in life will never be as tough as and Italian like me of Joe. check me out at www.chuckzito.com to see te real thing from DA BRONX NYC!

Guest
Guest

 Remember what I said thats a 100% guaranteed he will NOT BE FORCED TO RETIRE. I want you desert nitwits to remember that a few months or years down the line.

Guest
Guest

I  can guarantee you 100% the feds will fail and Joe will keep his job until he retires or quits on his own. watch and see. im a psychic!

Guest
Guest

 You are a 33 year old unemployed Godless loser who sits around unhappy and miserable and writes on new times all day. get a JOB and life you loser mommy's boy. go back to where ever you moved here from we dont want your type here.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

"(S)he" is that a chick with a dick?  I could see Arpaio going for that, Tommy.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I dont give out my real name either, but hat DOESN'T mean I dont back what I say.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol I can see that too. I can see them fighting for who gets to penetrate him first.

Jason
Jason

I can picture a big black dude and a big brown dude going after our scared lil' shurf in the big house. That'll be freakin' hilarious!

CHUCK ZITO
CHUCK ZITO

 I beat a guy up in prison but his name was not Bubba. he was a big black dude who had it in for me. but he lost to. he thought he was a tough guy but he found out I was tougher. thats what he gets for fucking with a Dago Wop Guinea from Da Bronx.

Jason
Jason

I'm talking about the MCSO shurf.

He'll be nice and scared in a federal prison cell with Bubba... Hopefully he'll be in the general population...

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

I kicked Chuck Zito's ass, and he cried like the little pussy he is. Joe wouldn't survive a day in his own jail.

CHUCK ZITO
CHUCK ZITO

I been in a few fights out side of the ring. and they all lost. I beat up Claude Vandam the pussy actor after he smart mouth me. im now known as the Vandamanatior. my pals actors Micky Rourke and Eric Roberts are very boxers good to.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Gee Chuckie.  How many fights you get into out a da ring?  Lots huh.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

fuck off Guest. You must be a troll that is cutNpasting some statements I made in the past, wanna talk about a loser?

Anon
Anon

off topic troll.. move on.

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