Joe Arpaio's White Crosses: Where Are the Ones for Joe's Victims?
MCSO What about a cross for Marty Atencio, Joe?
I'm not sure which is more obscene: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's grotesque mockery of migrants who've died crossing the Arizona desert, or a compliant and wholly uncritical media's reporting on Joe's latest stunt involving white crosses in the desert.
There's nothing the local idiots in the Fourth Estate like more than a photo op, and Grampa Joe gave them one Thursday, standing before a patch of dirt in Gila Bend with white crosses that he says the MCSO will be putting out as markers of migrant deaths.
Did any of the so-called journalists reporting on this absurdity question why Arpaio was pulling such a stunt the day before a major filing in Melendres v. Arpaio is to be made?
That's the federal civil rights lawsuit wherein Arpaio's been found guilty of racial profiling. Judge G. Murray Snow has ordered the sheriff's office to stop its systemic discrimination against Latinos, and today, both sides in the lawsuit will be submitting suggestions as to how that order will be implemented.
These suggestions will no doubt include a discussion of the most contentious point: whether or not an independent monitor will be appointed to force Arpaio to end his prejudiced policing toward Hispanics.
So 24 hours before this highly-anticipated court filing, Arpaio suddenly is concerned for the dead bodies his deputies sometimes find near Gila Bend?
"Every life is precious," our corrupt crocodile of a sheriff told kowtowing reporters, "no matter where they're coming from and no matter their immigration status."
Really? Arpaio is concerned with human life now? Will he be posting a cross in the empty cell where U.S. Army veteran Marty Atencio was stripped, Tased, beaten and left to die?
How about a cross for Deborah Braillard, the diabetic mom denied her medication until she was so sick she was vomiting and defecating on herself, ultimately falling into a diabetic coma from which she did not emerge?
Not to mention the litany of the others over the past 20 years who have been choked to death by MCSO detention officers, murdered by other prisoners, or died from lack of appropriate health care.
Indeed, were Arpaio to adopt the same policy in his jails as he has near Gila Bend, there wouldn't be enough room for the prisoners.