Joe Arpaio's (ahem) Legal Scholar Brett "Shut Up" Palmer and Flunky Brian Sands Under Oath

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Sheriff Arpaio and Deputy Chief Sands at a Pei Wei raid in 2011

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Early this morning, I obtained what I was looking for: A legal document highly-valued by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, researched by a scholar of such repute that he's known for telling elected officials to, "Shut up!"

The "scholar" in question is Sergeant Brett Palmer, a supervisor in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's notorious, racial-profilin' Human Smuggling Unit.

No, he doesn't have a law degree, or any legal training to speak of. But he does have a direct line to high MCSO muckety-mucks, including HSU Lieutenant Joe Sousa, Deputy Chief Brian Sands, and Arpaio himself.

See, Palmer took the stand yesterday in Melendres v. Arpaio, the big ACLU lawsuit that's trying to bring Arpaio to heel on his pattern and practice of discriminatory policing. There, Palmer discussed his involvement in a couple of major scandals that have hit the MCSO concerning its Hispanic-hunting ways.

One was a direct embarrassment to Arpaio himself, when Arpaio used misinformation Palmer had forwarded up the chain of command after, Palmer says, Sands asked him to do some "legal research" for the stone-faced deputy chief.

Palmer is the same brain surgeon who participated in a press conference in 2009 where he and other Arpaio employees blasted public officials who had dared to criticize Arpaio's immigration policies.

"We're telling these people in power such as [then Phoenix Mayor] Phil Gordon, [Maricopa County Supervisor] Mary Rose Wilcox and [then Mesa] Police Chief Gascon, shut up!" Palmer practically spat at the time. "They're ignorant. They don't know what it is they're talking about. They don't have their facts straight."

In other words, Palmer isn't the sharpest pencil in the drawer. So what does it say about the guy who asks him to do legal research and passes this "research" along to his boss, the most powerful lawman in the county?

Palmer admitted that he "cut and pasted" info from a website to send to Sands, and the info was, unknown to him at the time, incorrect. The material cited was old, and said that state and local cops have the right to enforce federal immigration statutes without prior approval of the "INS."

That mention of the no-longer-extant INS should have been a tip off for Palmer and his superiors. But they were eager to make the case that local law enforcement has "inherent authority" to question folks about immigration status.

In fact, that is incorrect. As federal Judge G. Murray Snow pointed out in his decision granting Melendres class action status, and as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has held, "Local law enforcement officers...do not have the `inherent authority' to investigate civil immigration violations."


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bobunf
bobunf

From the picture it sure looks like Sheriff Arpaio is connected and very much in charge.  

Mr.Socks
Mr.Socks

When are people going to realize and accept the fact that SB 1070's "show me your papers" is now the law of the (Arizona) land and that the Supreme Court said it is enforceable. Heck, if it had been Jesus Christ that had legalized it, people would stoop so low as to appeal him. Get it through your thick skulls that Sheriff Arpaio is not racist and is just doing what is right.  If it is racist to pull over Hispanics then every police officer in the country who is not Hispanic is a racist.  Maybe the solution is for MCSO to hire more Hispanic officers who's job is to make the traffic stops. can't call them racist then!

US_War_Veteran
US_War_Veteran

So basically, Sheriff Joke arPayaso's bases his promotions on who blows the hottest air up his ass, no wonder MCSO is such a fucking disgrace and an embarrassment to Law Enforcement, but regardless of the imbeciles in the MCSO Command Staff, the buck stops with the senile, flaccid, and totally incompetent imbecile they call Sheriff.

arazalas39
arazalas39

smh......all of these racist pigs.....a waste of skin!

cozaz1
cozaz1

Chief Brian Sands, now there is a piece of shit if there ever one was.

Bozo Joe can push off the responsibility all he wants and Sands is the perfect asshole to suffer the consequences, but the fact remains, all the bullshit going is still ultimately the responsibility of Bozo Joe Arpaio.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Porcine arrogance by Maricopa County's not-so-finest. Young was more like a determined proctologist, digging the shit out of assholes.

slinkie
slinkie

 @Mr.Socks Do you seriously think Christ would approve of a bill like this?What is your point another lame brained comment from a bigot trying to rationalize bigotry?,R pie Hole and the orginization that created and sponsored SB1070 are bigoted racist and their is no way around it.  

US_War_Veteran
US_War_Veteran

 @Mr.SocksYou need to brush up on current events and specially whats going on with your precious SB1070, your so called "Law" got GUTTED, all articles got thrown out except one, and that one has limitations before it can be enforced, that means it can NOT be enforced without direct supervision of FEDERAL AUTORITIES, and since they ALREADY SAID they are NOT going to cooperate, well then your precious SB1070 is about as worthless as one of Sheriff Joke arPayaso's used depends.  Pay attention next time.

 

Mr.Socks
Mr.Socks

 @US_War_Veteran It's easy to talk crap behind their back but the next time you get pulled over by them for a traffic violation, lets' see you talk shit to them. They'd give you the beating you deserve.

Mr.Socks
Mr.Socks

 @arazalas39 Better watch who you are calling a racist. I assume by your dumb name that you are Hispanic.  Well then you are a racist too because you are opposing Sheriff Joe who is white!

Mr.Socks
Mr.Socks

 @cozaz1 Just remember there are more people that like him than dislike him.

Mr.Socks
Mr.Socks

 @cozaz1 Have you ever stopped to think that the bloggers here, most of who talk shit about Sheriff Joe and Republicans but I notice there are just a small group saying the same things everyday. You gotta remember that you all are just a few people who dislike him compared to the thousands more who like him, including myself. If he were not supported by so many people then why has he received double the amount of contributions than his challengers have.  Go put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

@cozaz1 I heard a rumor that your buddy "Colorado koolaid" burden was getting promoted to Captain.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 @mikefrombisbee Ther ain't enough sewage treatment facilities in Arizona to handle all the shit the MCSO is full of.

US_War_Veteran
US_War_Veteran

 @Mr.SocksLOL, seriously, I don't talk crap "behind their backs" I talk the crap right in front of their dumb asses on a PUBLIC forum, dumb-ass.

 

BTW, if I get pulled over by an MCSO LE, he better address me as Sir!

He better be very RESPECTFULL, and he better have a good reason for pulling me over, or I WILL OWN HIS ASS, now, about the beating part, dream on clown, no fucking cop is ever going to give me a beating, EVER, or did you forget cops are NOT the only ones with guns, and self defense is still legal, So FUCK YOU, PUNK!, now you go and be a good "Boi" tell the stupid, senile, incompetent clown, HIJO DE SU PUTA MADRE, and as Mr. Lopez so eloquently put it, 'PUTO' posing as a Sheriff that I said that, GO, RUN Forrest, RUN!

 

P.S.  Are you related to Mr. Hands?  you know this guy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enumclaw_horse_sex_case

 

 

US_War_Veteran
US_War_Veteran

 @Mr.Socks  "Sheriff Joe who is white!"

 

Now I really know you are an uneducated, mouth breathing, imbecile that has no idea what the fuck you are saying.  Pay attention neanderthal, school is in session:

 

Sheriff Joke arPayaso is ITALIAN, Italians are NOT WHITE, they are LATIN, yes there are MODERN Italians (Immigrants) that are White but the original Italians are NOT WHITE and can trace their blood lines to Northern Africa, specially the ones in Southern Italy and Sicily, the Latin language and culture originated in Rome Italy, and spread throughout Southern Europe by the Roman Legions in Roman Empire times, Italians are the ORIGINAL LATINOS moron, one look at the flaccid fool with his brown eyes and olive skin should clue you in that he is not White, he is a typical NON-White Italian.  

 

Class dismissed.

 

 

 

 

slinkie
slinkie

 @Mr.Socks just because the ignorant are a majority it does not make them right.

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

 @Mr.Socks

 Here's the same thing I do everyday.

Your mama, with my flesh pipe, DEEP in her musty asshole. Then, she smokes it...clean. Her nickname? Mrs. Sucks. cumming!

Are you smoking?

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