Joe Arpaio's Expectant Mom-Shackling Earns Him Another Lawsuit

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Miriam Mendiola-Martinez, and her son angel, born Christmas week, 2009.

Living in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Maricopa County is like living in a medieval version of the movie Groundhog Day, where each morning one awakens with further reminders that we do not live in the civilized world.

Two years ago, I first told you about Miriam Mendiola-Martinez, whose son Angel was born Christmas week, 2009, while Mendiola-Martinez was in MCSO custody after being arrested by the Scottsdale Police Department.

When I met with her at the offices of her attorney Delia Salvateria, Mendiola-Martinez was up-front about having purchased a fake identity on the black market so that she could work as a cleaner at a Dillard's department store.

Held in MCSO custody, with an "immigration hold" on her from the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she was shackled on and off during much of her stay in Arpaio's jails, despite the fact that she was pregnant. 

She barely escaped being shackled during Angel's C-section birth on December 21, 2009. This, due to a female MCSO detention officer, who showed sympathy for Mendiola-Martinez's plight, and removed her leg restraint during the Caesarian.

But before and after the operation, she was shackled to the bed. In fact, when I spoke to her, she recalled how a male, Hispanic guard, put the restraint back on her after the baby was born.

"He made the restraint on my left ankle very tight," she recalled through an interpreter. "One time, the nurse came in and could see that my foot was swollen because he would not loosen it."

Prior to giving birth, Mendiola-Martinez, a slight woman of 4 feet, 9 inches, was treated harshly and fed little. Following her son's nativity, she was only allowed to see him twice, and was not allowed to nurse him.

When she finally left the county hospital on December 23, the MCSO was back to treating her as if she were Hannibal Lecter. 

She was forced to march through the hospital in shackles, her hands bound before her, the wound from her C-section still bleeding.

With the help of her criminal attorney David Black, Mendiola-Martinez cut a plea deal, and was released from jail on Christmas Day. Salvateria, her immigration attorney, did heroic work in making sure that Mendiola-Martinez was not transferred to ICE's custody.

ICE later denied the Christmas holiday had anything to do with Mendiola-Martinez being cut some slack. But I'm sure the inevitable comparisons to the Holy Family helped grease the skids.

Her case is now the subject of a federal civil rights lawsuit, naming Sheriff Arpaio as the lead defendant. 

The suit was filed Monday, and is drawing attention from national press in the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice's report on the MCSO's pattern and practice of discriminatory policing, racial profiling, and institutional bias toward Latinos in Arpaio's jails.

But such atrocities are only new to the world outside Arizona. Inside this state, the MCSO's penchant for shackling pregnant women is well-known to Arpaio-watchers.

My colleague Valeria Fernandez documented a far worse case in a 2009 article for New Times. 

In 2008, Alma Chacon was chained by her hands and feet to a hospital bed while in MCSO custody. You can read Chacon's story in full, here.

Shackling pregnant women is contrary to the policies of the Arizona Department of Corrections, ICE, the U.S. Marshal's Service, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, etc.

But the MCSO still treats pregnant women like animals, and crows about it. 

Proud to be a resident of Maricopa County? If so, the civilized world is wondering why.

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Seeks_the_Truth
Seeks_the_Truth

Seems all the comments on here attack Sheriff Joe for handcuffing this person. Seems a better fight would be for pregnant women NOT TO COMMIT A CRIME while pregnant. Then we wouldn't be having this argument.

Jetexas
Jetexas

Are you for real? The whole world knows. Where have you been?

Jetexas
Jetexas

he was also a US  vet his downfall was he was brown! Did you see how many officers went after him? why were so many cops all over him. They already knew he wasnt armed He wasnt fighting them , he just stood there. But once again POWER_CONTROL rule in these Jails. Not justice not fairness, not humanly .I have seen the over abuse of power and force in other videos.

Heres some where teen is beaten on camera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

graphic-beating in Az -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Jetexas
Jetexas

yes but in AZ they dont want you to have a trail. They want to deport you before you can take about the things they have seen in the jail!

Jetexas
Jetexas

Yep make them learn English so they compete for more jobs. I hope they take yours!

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Please listen to lieutenant Mike-stauffer radio interview

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

Link below

http://theloushow.com/2011/12/...

Hrobster
Hrobster

"Why is he another open borders anti-American buffoon?

RM
RM

Did she pay the hospital yet?

Sneaking into the country illegally then claiming you have rights???!?!??! WTF!

Bobby
Bobby

Yeah, WTF, is right. This identity thief, deserves a one-way trip back to narco state, and then the mexican government should be charged for it. Americans are sick and tired of the abuse of these foreign nationals.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Bobby boy, I have come to the conclusion that you are a fascistoid, extreme right wing moron devoid of any education worth mentioning, any concept of the true content and values of the US Constitution, Civil Rights or Human Rights, any capacity of reasoning and comprehending an all encompassing concept of Law Enforcement and a humane treatment of your fellow human beings. You do consider yourself a human being, don't you? That would be part of being an American, wouldn't it?

Bobby
Bobby

What would a clown like you know about education? Huh, boy? As for the rest of your typical fullblown communist leftist claptrap, go jump in a lake. That's my conclusion about you.

Truthseeker
Truthseeker

Pregnant incarcerated women should NOT be shackled. This is America in the 21st century, not arpaio's backwater world of the '30's when women had no rights. Those who claim to "save" the unborn should be appalled by what is going on with the unborn/born in arpaio's jails!  Where their outrage?

Bobby
Bobby

Tell it to the Mexican drug dealers, that have cut open the bellys of preganant Mexiacn women after killing them, you stupid fool

Barb2web
Barb2web

the judge should be fired in his case,,we should all have a joe working for us...he is the best,

Dorazio Consulting
Dorazio Consulting

Dorazio Consulting211 East 81st StreetNew York, NY 10028     USADorazioConsulting@yahoo.com December 24, 2011 To The ICC Prosecuters, INTERPOL, Human Rights Solicitor GARETH PEIRCE, and The World Press:  These are opinions based on known facts. Wishing you a Merry Christmas,  Joyous Holidays and Happy New Year, 2012! Our astute ASU investigative and research team will ask GABRIELLE GIFFORDS's colleague and ARIZONA STATE SENATOR KYRSTEN SINEMA to investigate the following allegations against alleged BUSH-CIA SNITCH JAMES KING, a plant "reporter" for www.PhoenixNewTimes.com .   From our colleague Vinnie's ASU Team: We hope that SENATOR SINEMA CASTRATES this scumbag, before she throws him in prison. Credible evidence and witnesses indicate that www.PhoenixNewTimes.com's alleged "reporter" JAMES KING (James.King@newtimes.com) is a BUSH CABAL and ROGUE CIA PUNK and a DRY SNITCH for the CORRUPT PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT. JIMBO gave himself up with the extensive coverage of GABBY's shooter LOUGHNER, a ROGUE CIA "sleeper assassin."  He was also sucking up to THE BUSH CABAL withcoverage of the University of Arizona'sbuildings dedicated to the SONS OF SATAN (Bush Cabal).  The loser KING went out of his way to COVER-UP the BUSH CABAL and ROGUE CIA's complicity in the TUCSON murder of the FEDERAL JUDGE and the attack on well-liked AZ LEGISLATOR GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, a friend and colleague of AZ STATE SENATOR KYRSTEN SINEMA. We welcome a response/rebuttal from JAMES KING, and will construe his silence as an indication of guilt. Your move, KING.  It's only going to get worse.  Time to SING LIKE THE LITTLE COWARDLY CANARY YOU ARE. Jim Dorazio, and colleagues         

Bobby
Bobby

Construe his silence as an indication of guilt.

Yeah, it figures. Just like in  Medieval times, if he doesn't talk, tighten the thumbscrew. The LAW says he doesn't HAVE TO TALK.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

aren't you the asshat someone else called out already?

malapai
malapai

Something about meeting CHICO behind the Hell's Angels clubhouse in PHX. How did that go hotshot?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

were you talking to me fuckface? because I didnt say anything to your trolling ass.

Steve_Mart1n
Steve_Mart1n

U know, the repugnicans don't need to blame the liberals anymore for letting illegals in and allowing them to stay.

Their boy, Sheriff Jo(k)e Arpa(h)o(le)i is doing all that and more for them, one lawsuit and abuse at a time all courtesy of the Jo(k)e

Bobby
Bobby

That isn't true. The Obama administration is hellbent on open borders, as all leftist democrat party members are. If you look at how the Obama administration is suing STATE AFTER STATE, on their trying to protect themselves from the obligation of  housing feeding and taking care of another nations nationals, then you can see who is repsonsible. The Sheriff is being hindered from doing his job by the D.C. and the whole democrat party.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

republicans don't mind when cheap illegal labor comes in, they don't have to pay them much and they can't complain since they are illegally here.

Hrobster
Hrobster

The Democrat Party is at the forefront of allowing millions of foregin nationals to ilelgaly enter this nation, because they want them as Democrat voters. The Democrat Party knows most Americans are against illegal immigration, whether it's approved by the Republicans or not. At least the Repubican establishement doesn't advocate for them as does the left..

Thecontrabandsound
Thecontrabandsound

F#@K sheriff Joe ...  THECONTRABANDSOUNDLook for it on iTUNES 

Bobby
Bobby

Fuck the mexican reconquistas, is an American folk song, look for it to come out soon and be a big hit.

Lara Robertson
Lara Robertson

BOTTOM LINE, if your pregnant , don't break the law and commit crimes to where you end up in jail! everyone in jail had a choice they made to get where they are. you want "humane" treatment, then don't become a criminal ! live a free humane jail free life and you wont have to worry about it. sick of criminals whining for the"rights" that they themselves violated for other people in committing the offenses they did to get locked up! 

Bobby
Bobby

You don't start your career in the U.S. by coming here illegaly and commiting identity theft,  and whether or not you got a little rought treatment whilel pregnant, is a side issue, not important enough to balance out your previous criminali acts against a nation you don't belong in in the first place. Clear enough?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

btw Jail is where people who are accused of  crime are sent BEFORE they are arraigned. Jails might have some guilty people and some innocent people there. The point is they haven't been convicted yet or any crime so as far as I am concerned AND everyone else should be concerned people in jail are all innocent until proven guilty. Therefore any abuse that is given to them while in jail is wrong and against their civil rights. Any abuse in prison is also wrong, as it would be considered "cruel and unusual punishment". I suggest you re-read the Constitution and get back to us.

Lara Robertson
Lara Robertson

sorry but if she wasn't out committing illegal activities she would have never been in jail. not to mention taxpayers paid for her delivery. i don't feel sorry for her one bit. 

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

her civil rights were violated. I suppose you have done nothing wrong ever. Have you ever sped?

Bobby
Bobby

Speeding isn't quite the same as IDENTITY THEFT, is it?

Paul
Paul

Identity Theft is a crime.  The real victim is the person whose ID was purchased.  Similar to the drive hammered, get nailed campaign.  If you break the law you face consequences.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

no matter what she did, she has constitutional rights. They were violated by sheriff Joke and his merry band of racist crooks.

MayIBorrowYourHome
MayIBorrowYourHome

I am against illegal immigration but this is very sad "Mendiola-Martinez was up-front about having purchased a fake identity on the black market so that she could work as a cleaner at a Dillard's department store." How could wherever she is from, be so fucked up that she wants to be here?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

it's called corrupt politics, lack of jobs and no money.Do any of you realize that South and Central America+ Mexico has a lot of places that do not have the wealth that we have? There are no employers willing to pay (esp women) any money at all. You people are idiots, and racists. Where did your family come from? What country? Why did they leave from America?

Bobby
Bobby

You moron. Economics is a function of politics. It does not exist in isolation. Now what does that mean? It means the corrupt nation of Mexico could easily give, with its vast resources, the same standard of living as many Americans have but they won't. They institute policies that KEEP MEXICANS POOR. The conclusion is, that Americans OWE NOTHING , ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO PEOPLE THAT HAVE VIIOLATED OUR LAWS AND RUIN THE ECONOMICS OF STATE AFTER U.S. STATE, WITH THE O.K. OF OUR CORRUPT LEADERS AND YOU FIFTH COLUMNISTS ON THIS BLOG. You idiots and troublers and enemies of the American citizen.

Bobby
Bobby

Well why should any American citizen really care how fucked up the place is that she came from, when people like her and the open borders left in the democrat party will continue here what has screwed up mexico. Why don't these people ever revolt, or fix it. They sure can shoot their traps off once in this country, hiding behind LULAC, LA RAZA, MALDEF, AND THE OTHER FIFTH COLUMNISTS THAT ARE "ALLOWED" IN THIS COUNTRY BY CORRUPT AMERICAN POLITICIANS.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

the only people in America trying to make us like Mexico are the republicans you jackass. Do you know what an oligarchy is?

Bobby
Bobby

Your'e either a leftist moron, or a racist hispanic, both of which write in the typical way you have done. Is your real name IGNORANCE?

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

I have read your posts up to this point with nothing short of horror, bobby. The way you write, both content and syntax, makes me doubt your assumption of B.A in philosophy from Fullerton. When I mix in your mindset, I think it's much more likely that you sport an education like our current governor. By the way, is your real name Bubba J. ?

Bobby
Bobby

Yeah, an oligarchy is a system controled by a few elite. I knew this in the eight grade, and have a B.A. degree in phiolosophy from University of Fullerton in California, back in 1989,but thanks for asking me these childish questions in any case. If you want, I'll even answer more complicated philosophical questions for you, but I doubt you have the knowledge to even be able to aks those questions.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I am waiting jackass. What is an oligarchy. Is it safe to assume you don't know since you are stupid?

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