Arizona Republic's Lame, Naive Solution to the Joe Arpaio Problem: Defund Sweeps

Does the Arizona Republic give a flip about these victims of Arpaio and Montgomery? Their loved ones were nabbed in a work site raid, not a sweep

The gaggle of physics professors over at the Arizona Republic's editorial board have outdone themselves, this time with a solution to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's racial-profiling ways.

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Ready? Here goes: Stop funding Arpaio's controversial anti-immigration sweeps.

Great idea, dudes and dudettes, you're only about, oh, five or six years late. Also, Arpaio's last sweep took place back in October of 2011, more than a year and a half-ago.

I can't wait for the Rep's next thought-provoking essay on the Reagan administration's arms-for-hostages scandal.

Did the folks who said grace over the unsigned editorial, "Stop funding Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration sweeps," bother to read federal Judge G. Murray Snow's blockbuster 142-page decision on the ACLU's big racial profiling case, Melendres v. Arpaio?

If so, remedial reading skills may be in order.

The sweeps were a big issue in the lawsuit, but the problem is much broader and deeper than sweeps the MCSO has discontinued. Though, as the judge points out, the MCSO had maintained that it still possesses the authority to do its Latino round-ups, if it wishes.

See, Snow's finding that the MCSO engages in biased policing, and his injunctions forbidding such activity in the future, affects several layers of the MCSO's anti-immigrant agenda.

For instance, MCSO's Human Smuggling Unit and the enforcement of Arizona's Human Smuggling Law is affected. Ditto Arpaio's Criminal Employment Squad, and CES raids on local businesses.

Normally, such raids are done under state forgery and ID theft laws, but these operations are still impacted by the decision, which is one reason the MCSO has temporarily halted work site raids.

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"Indeed, the ruling affects all of Arpaio's 900 sworn deputies, as the MCSO had all of them erroneously trained with misinformation about immigration law"


These "Deputies" knew exactly what they were doing and it was racially profiling just like their boss told them to do.

Arpaios racist ideology has had over 20 years to permeate through ALL of the MCSO and I'll guarantee you one thing-------IT HAS.


The Arizona Republic's Editorial Boards are as worthless as tits on a bull.

The first thing to do is stop reading that rag called a newspaper. I stopped long ago.

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

baby steps Steven, start with baby steps. cutting funding to his sweeps is just the tentative first step before getting legs underneath and talking big steps and then eventually running.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Joe, get your men out there on the streets to enforce the law and look after the safety of citizens. Start working on that backlog of arrest warrants. Investigate abuses of children that got such short shrift. Stay out of politics also. Make the last 3 1/2 years of you final term in office something to be proud of. But you won't do any of these things. Your turn, Jaffy...


Isn't a collective of physics professors a quantum? Here's to the public gelding on Friday! Oorah!


@danzigsdaddy  I love it. Baby steps.  There are a few hundred inmates in the Maricopa County Jail that weren't even alive when Arpaio became Sheriff.  This lawlessness has been going on in one form or another for twenty years. He's the Great White Whale of the Arizona Desert and people are still talking about chasing him with harpoons from a dingy.

  • "Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!" 

stephen.lemons moderator writer

@danzigsdaddy The Rep is, de facto, supporting an appeal. This "remedy" is bullshit because it would not affect what the MCSO has been doing with the raids. Plus, the BOS won't do it anyway.


jaffy can't speak, mouth has two inch joe inside. Gulp it jaffy, gulp it.

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@stephen.lemons i am just in shock that they allowed a "suggestion" against Joe. the only one on their staff who i think puts out good articles is J.J. Hensley. he did some damn fine ones about Joe, and his stuff about the sex crimes that were botched was pretty informative

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@stephen.lemons 6 years? where the hell have you been? how long ago was it when they killed Nordstrom? and the sex crimes were over 7 years ago.........i am thinking its about 19 years too late

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