Joe Arpaio's White Crosses: Where Are the Ones for Joe's Victims?

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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.


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louiszwu
louiszwu

Arpaio is old, and when his time comes, he'll likely exit peacefully in a clean bed, surrounded by family. It's a luxury not afforded to most of his victims. If nothing else, he's the best argument for atheism I've ever seen. Because in the real world, the bad guys win way too often. Unfortunately, for us, people like him rarely end up being dead enough. The boot-lickers he has carefully cultivated over the years will continue to do damage in his name. As long as their fear, ignorance and hate is pandered to, they'll gleefully become slaves. I wish every one of them a long life.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

I know that even if Arpaio does something right, he will be always remembered for his Bull Connor tactics and his appealing to the worst parts of our human mind (fear and bigotry, etc.), but it appears that this gesture might have saved lives already. 

It appears that a number of migrant workers have called 911 and been rescued due to the GPS sensitive markers.  I think No More Deaths should think about this.  GPS markers are cheap and could be placed throughout the desert along migrant trails to help locate people who use cell phones to call for help.  Perhaps there might be some jewish or muslim migrants that need help too so Maybe use some different symbols once in a while?  I am an adherent of GAIA so make mine round and blue.

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Father time will deal with Arpaio and his fan club! They all have the same destination in the after life, and all can do the same job, shoveling coal on that lake of fire, while they whine, complain for all eternity how did they end up in such a place with all their righteous living they did, chasing the poor, hungry, naked those sick and in prison, persecuting them, denigrating them and how shocked they all will be when Jesus knows them not!

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

On that picture it seems that he is wearing extra padded diapers........or could it B a......bag?. Jaffy...jaffy....here boi.....can U tell me what is it? since U R in charge of those duties, did U fit him with double diaper or what?

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 It was only a few summers ago. Arpaio just flew back from Kansas where he was helping Kris Kobach, nativist supreme, campaign for Sec. Of State, most likely using some of the 100 million tax dollars MCSO was later caught "misspending" (a word local media used instead of stealing or embezzling).

Upon his arrival back in Maricopa County, the sheriff held a press conference in the desert similar to this one. But instead of using holy crosses to show his compassion, he used a tank and 50 caliber machine guns pointed at Mexico.  

  The media was there, the news editors white-washed it for Arpaio and the tele-prompter readers read it on-air like sheep for sheep.  All of local mainstream was in love with calling every news story "THE BORDER BATTLE" as if they were encouraging a war that existed only in the smallest of minds.  The headline: BORDER BATTLE was used generically by all local TV media regardless of the station and story. They used it when covering Dreamers, the Melendrez vs Arpaio lawsuit, 1070, 287G, sweeps, raids, even a rare DUI arrest of an undocumented drunk could earn the title: BORDER BATTLE.  

The media created the monster that is Joe Arpaio for their own gain. They have blood on their hands. They disrespect the viewers and the truth for cheap ratings.  They willingly play along for fear they wont be invited to his next stunt or will be beaten in ratings by another news station thats sucks the tit of Arpaio closer and more tenderly.  The media caves to the almighty Arpaio. That is why they share in the responsibility of the deaths those holy crosses represent.  

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Arpaio is such a phony Bastard...

Carnivorous_Buttock_Fly
Carnivorous_Buttock_Fly

I don't believe that Arpaio should be placing those religious symbols anywhere. He should also not have prisoners in Maricopa County jails creating religious symbols. Are taxpayer dollars being used to have religious symbols made? Placing those items out there in the desert and leaving them is littering. Most of the land around Gila Bend is BLM (federal) land and littering is a prosecutable offense. Same goes for the Arizona State Trust Land out there, littering on state land is against the law as well. He also can't place that litter on the Gila Bend Indian Reservation or on the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. If any are placed on private land holdings, the owners of the private land should file a complaint against him and MCSO. Keep that trash out of our desert Arpaio! 

If any good citizens see crosses in the desert out Gila Bend way, they should do the right thing, which would be to collect them and dump that litter in the nearest trash receptacle. 

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

What a FUCKING HYPOCRITE, this is another slap on the face of D immigrant commmunity, whose relatives had encountered their demise due to this POS racist practices. HE IS A FUCKING MEGALOMANIAC, A VIPER CLOAKED IN A HUMAN DISGUISE.

Now all of a sudden he wants to use white crosses as a beacon to save border crossers's lives?,IMO all he wants is to lay in wait 4 those border crossers to get to that point and round them up....eazy job....more low hanging fruit to "pick".

wtf...
wtf...

Awww! Grampa Joe is getting soft!.... I guess he knows he's getting old ...I bet these type of gestures really pisses off the tea party crowd.



beelzebub
beelzebub

If sheriff Joe wants to put up crosses, I'm okay with that. I assume that the crosses are allusions to the zombie jesus fairy tale, and while I generally stay away from grown adults who embrace and espouse ridiculous supernatural fantasies, whatever Joe wants to do is okay with me. I do take issue with the numbering system. we should not be giving illegal aliens an easy method for obtaining US taxpayer dollars through the efforts made to rescue them. If the crosses are numbered, the illegal mexicans will be traipsing out into the middle of the desert and calling me all day long to send them a drink of water.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

If you want to see what kind of SICK PUPPIES Arpaio attracts, take a look at some of the comments about this stunt on his Facebook page. They suggest putting out land mines instead of crosses, or just letting the bodies rot as a warning to others.

What fine examples of humanity!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

The Joker's memory is so bad, that the first time he sees one of these crosses in the desert, he will demand that whoever put it there be arrested for littering!

robert_graham
robert_graham

Look you dumbass, the white crosses are for victims which by the way are most likely to be illegal aliens because white people don't usually trek across the desert.

Instead of asking for white crosses for Arpaio's victims, it would be more appropriate to ask for white crosses for American victims of illegal alien crime?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

"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."

Am I the only one who vomited in my mouth just a bit when I read this? 

Nichols
Nichols

Fact:

Since the January 2008 start of the Hitler esque I.C.E. Deportation Program which Arpaio was a very large part of, over Forty-two Thousand Hispanic Human Beings now lay Dead in the Harsh Desert at the U.S. Mexico Border where I.C.E. Deported/Dumped Hundreds of Thousands of Human Beings into a known "Drug War" with nothing, not even water to be killed or to Die of the Harsh Elements!

Arpaio gets upset if a dog is left in a hot car, but how many Tens of Thousands of the Dead Human Beings at the Border are ones This Racist Bastard "Rounded up" and sent away from thier Children/Families to thier Deaths?!

Arpaio is a Tyrant with a "warm corner of Hell , and his Nazi pal J.T.waiting for him."

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@enigma9000aa You know how you can tell if a religion is true?  Imagine that all the stories, songs, and rituals were stripped away from a religion and humans had to start from scratch - will they reinvent the religion exactly as it was or will something new take it's place?  Now, imagine stripping the the knowledge of science and math away from the human species.  Will they reinvent new science or math or will they rediscover the timeless truths?  Religion is a bunch of made up stories to attempt to explain naturally occurring phenomenon (death, birth, weather, movements of the Earth, and the effects of planets on our lives).  It is clear that religious bigotry, like racial or ethinic bigotry, is a construct created by humans and not in reality an observable fact.  Drop all these stories and reinvent new ones if you have to, but at least make them correlate to science and math!!!  

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@wtf... No, the Joker is trying to look like a kind soul the day before he get's a federal monitor to watch him.  Is a Joe Show.  Nothing more!

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@beelzebub this b.s. will not last. anyone remember Joe's radio show in Tent City? arp-pie-hole already got what he wanted, PR

AZMIKE
AZMIKE

@ConcernedCitizenAZ WHY DONT WE ASK MRS LEMMONS ABOUT HOW HIS COMPANY THAT HE LOVES SO MUCH SUPPORTS CHILD PROSTITUTION RINGS AND CHILD PORN,I HAVE THE VIDEO OF HIM DANCING AROUND THE QUESTION IF YOUD LIKE TO SEE IT,HE'S NOTHING BUT A LIAR AND A FAKE JUST LIKE MISS GREG GILLEYMAN.I AGREE TRUTH SEEKER WHAT ABOUT ALL THE AMERICANS BEING KILLED BY ILLEGALS,IF YOU SUPPORT THEM YOU SUPPORT CRIMINALS.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@truthseekeraz You are an idiot if you think this is a good article.  How about calling for white crosses for all the American victims of illegal alien crime.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFYCUNT. How about another cross 4 the UNUSEFULL COCKRACH, since he's been 2 D dessert, and another 4 U OL' BITCH.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@JohnQ.Public Look dumbass, what more do you want?  If you wanna complain about it then Arpaio can redesignate the white crosses for Americans affected by illegal alien crime.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Nichols Except it has been reported by PNT that those arrested by Arpaio are receiving deferred court dates and receiving work visas, rather than being deported enmass. 

Sensationalizing numbers to bolster your argument kills any credibility you have.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Nichols  

You hold Arpaio responsible for what the federal government chooses to do with deportees?   I assume you don't believe Obama shares any blame, right?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@nichols  I'd like to see a source for your state of 42,000 - 8,500 per year seems a bit high.  While I agree with you about Arpaio, I'm curious about the number you cited.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Nichols Excuse me but dogs don't know any better but illegal aliens do or are they too stupid to realize that if they remain in a hot car they may die? No sympathy here.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@robert_graham. what happened Jaffy, R U jumping out of the ship 2, don't want 2 B associated with the FETID FAILURE?, it doesn't matter if U change UR user name. all UR posts R on record, showing U R a supporter of his corruption & racist practices, even suggesting that U have a say on decisions making and U R going down as well BITCH

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFYBOI, HA HA HA HA HA, What a deluded POS U R, IMBECILE, UR 2 cells brain couldn't come up with something like that; that could only come from a sick POS FLEA INFESTED RACIST.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @truthseekeraz The neo-Nazis already did it Jaffy. You are too late with your idea but we all know where you are coming from. But if there were enough of those deaths to create any real buzz, Arpaio would've done it already himself. 

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFYCUNT. U R completely DEMENTED FUCKING OL' BITCH, tell me, how that IMBECILE is going to "redesignate those white crosses for Americans afffected by illegal alien crime", STUPID WHORE.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@ JAF   I thought I was an oxymoron?  Isn't that what you like to call people who disagree with you.

Nichols
Nichols

@Y.P.S. I wish the U.N. would go to the Border, and identify the Tens of thousands that lay DEAD at the I.C.E. Dumping Grounds!

Lets learn the TRUTH about how many were Deported to their Deaths?!!!

Lets quit pretending, lets stop this "Holocuast".

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@valleynative @Nichols Still kissing Arpaio's ass while pretending you don't love him? Of course the Feds have responsibility here but according to the right wing nut jobs its because they aren't cruel enough to undocumented immigrants and the border still isn't militarized enough. So make up your Arpaio ass-kissing mind for a change will ya? 

Nichols
Nichols

@valleynative:

We are all responsible for this attrosity.

We have allowed our Government to Burn Tens of thousands in the Desert where we Deported/Dumped them with nothing.

Hitler burned his un-wanted in Ovens, is Dumping Humans in the Desert with out water a better way to burn them?!

The numbers have been reported in all National/World News Articles all along!

This is Fact:

They claim these are all "Drug Related", John McCain claims the Humans we Deported with nothing all joined Cartels before dying in the Desert?!

We are only pretending that they are not the Humans We DUMPED to Die.

I am sure Germany felt they were in the right how they treated the Jews as well.

Arpaio, and Obama are equally responsible, as are we for allowing this to happen.

To: Good, and Brotherhood, from Sea to shining Sea.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@JAF  you're so funny when you get angry.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@JAF   I just want to know - am I an oxymoron or a dumbass?  Which is it?

robert_graham
robert_graham

@JohnQ.Public Now aren't you the pot calling the kettle black?  Seems to me that it is you who are one of the people who call people when they don't agree with you.  Put your money where your mouth is.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@dennis20

Pointing out that he's not responsible for what the feds do is hardly "kissing Arpaio's ass". 

If you have so much trouble understanding fairly simple concepts, I guess I can understand how you would become as frustrated as you seem to be.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@JAF No, it should be zero. As a human being, it doesn't matter what your political beliefs are, no one deserves to die and especially die a horrible, tortiuous death like that. The goal is to reduce it to zero through a variety of means, including preventing them from crossing in the first place, not to wish that it was higher

AZMIKE
AZMIKE

@JohnQ.Public LETS ASK MRS LEMMONS OF THE NT,BET SHE KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE JOHN Q???

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