Sheriff Paul Babeu Says He Had Nothing to Do With Somewhat Racist Billboard

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu
Last night, a friend e-mailed us a photo of a billboard showing a quote from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu accompanied by what appears to be a Hispanic family lookin' down in the dumps.

The quote isn't necessarily racist -- neither is the photo -- but when combined they give the impression that Babeu thinks sad-looking Hispanic families are "a national security threat to America."

Check out the billboard after the jump.

  
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Paul Babeu says he had nothing to do with this billboard.
The billboard is on the property of Frank Pierson and Mary Ellen Kazda, of Oracle, and Babeu says he had nothing to do with it, nor does he approve it.

Not only isn't the quote accurate, he says, it's incomplete.

The actual quote is: "Those responsible for drug and human smuggling and those entering the U.S. illegally especially from terrorist countries are the most serious public safety threat to America." 

We hate to go on stereotypes, but the folks in the picture don't exactly look like your standard drug or human smugglers.

"I find this billboard offensive and misleading. This message is not truthful and takes away from the great work our law enforcement members do on a daily basis to protect our Pinal County families," Babeu says.

Babeu says he doesn't even know the family that owns the property where the billboard is located and that he didn't direct anyone to put it there.

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truss
truss

Uh, Einstein--- the most pressing public threat is Republican lassais faire economics. One more bust cycle and we will become 3rd world, while China becomes us (because they don't have boom and bust like we do).

Mistalee
Mistalee

Babeu probably didn't authorize the billboard. But the jury is out as to whether it was posted to make him look bad, or whether it was put up by a racist pinhead with no deeper agenda than hating on the brown. Certainly many who have viewed it said not "that's despicable," but rather "damned right!"

Anon
Anon

The state of Arizona doesn't need large billboard photos of sheriffs. They need to be in their offices working, not being media personalities. As long as his name is on the billboard, he's authorized it. Whose campaign funds paid for it? That's the question.

JusticeSeeker
JusticeSeeker

Arizona is doing a stellar job in creating new business -- for "lawyers" who are already obscenely rich in Arizona. Why would they ever want bad laws changed?

JusticeSeeker
JusticeSeeker

We are hearing the family on the billboard are citizens and the photo was taken in California. The family did NOT give permission to have their photo used. More lawsuits coming for Arizona and the "private" owner. Who retained the sign company?

To Serve and Protect... Who ?
To Serve and Protect... Who ?

I didn't know Sheriff Joe had a son... I just read the Paul Baboon story in this week's "N.T." about the questionable "shooting" of one of his coppers.Of all the disturbing stories regarding the illegal acts and domestic criminal mischief concerning the borderline of this asinine state, that one was truly strange. No one fell for that story straight out the gate. It seems that Joe Arpaio's deal with Satan included his being able to live forever, but its comforting to know that if the old coot ever does drop over from radiation sickness or ghonnasyphilitus or something, that we will still have Babeu to take up the slack; to show us how NOT to be an honorable cop.Sheriff Paul ? It just doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it.

we are america
we are america

illigal immigration is not a new problem natives used to call white people

GENO
GENO

I actually believe Babeu, I don't think had anything to do with that "racist billboard". I know Babeu has alot more integrity than our own top KKKonstable. And because the billboard is on a private property, there is nothing he can really do about it.

I hope someone would shoot some paint balls on it for all I care.

Coz
Coz

Nothing to do with it but yet it has his name on it, LOL.What bullshit.

Jackie
Jackie

I am SO appalled at the level of racism in this state… I can’t even handle it!!! Newsflash to all the racists… this country was built by illegal aliens! Do you think everyone on the Mayflower had their papers with them when they came over here?

And let’s not forget that in order to come here legally right now, you need to be lucky enough to get one of the 10k visas that are issued to Mexico each year and usually are gone within 15 minutes after they are issued. Not to mention that it is very expensive.

Stop the hate and let’s figure out how we can ALL work together to help fix the very broken immigration program this country currently has.

24AheadDotCom
24AheadDotCom

I realize this site is what it is, but interpreting the billboard shouldn't be that difficult, even for those in the third grade. The message is *anti*-Babeu. Why would anyone even bother asking if Babeu had anything to do with an *anti*-Babeu billboard?

The billboard also shows - yet again - the extent to which supporters of illegal activity are willing to mislead (by taking the quote out of context).

Ross
Ross

Is he going to ask Joe Arpaio to conduct an investigation of this?

Jenna
Jenna

And we are supposed to believe what Babeu says? He who accuses his Commander in Chief of bordering on treason? He who covers up for one of his deputies who claims smugglers shot him instead of shooting himself? He who dreams of replacing OLD MAN Arpaio? He who goes on white supremacist radio, talk shows and then coyly says he had no idea? That Babeu?????

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I can see why Little Joe Paul would deny any participation in this billboard. Not exactly flattering to the guy. Maybe not everyone is as enamored with Little Joe Paul as he is hoping.

Anon
Anon

The investigative reporter that gets the invoice and informs the public, wins the "gold star on the forehead" for the week!

JusticeSeeker
JusticeSeeker

ps - maybe the NT can get a copy of the sign company's invoice. Probably paid for with campaign money.

Genius
Genius

Another mentally retarded idiot. What does Sheriff Joke have to do with this?

Looks like the anti-Babeu character responsible for this billboard is the racist to me. But of course no mention of that in your comment. Just more rehashed talking points garbage from yet another weak-minded simpleton

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Geno, the billboard (as I see it) is a backhanded slap at Babeu, using his own words against him. No, Babs didn't have anything to do with the billboard. But, it really is humorous, and very good to see someone take a shot at Little Joe Paul. He needs a shot or two of reality... I think he's been hanging with the MCSO shurf too long. Must have spent an afternoon at Wells Fargo listening to Hendy pontificating about his many accomplishments over the years. Wait a second. Wasn't there a memo about that very thing?... Funny stuff, Geno....

Genius
Genius

Wow. Apparently even the mentally retarded can use computers these days. Three cheers for technology.

Of course he didn't have anything to do with it. The billboard is ANTI-BABEU you mongoloid.

Genius
Genius

Yay. Another mentally retarded person using a computer.

The billboard is ANTI-BABEU. It's creators are using the image of the illegal alien family as a prop to generate hatred towards a law enforcement officer simply trying to do his job.

Genius
Genius

Pavlov's dogs, man. Not even the author has any idea what the hell he is talking about.

Yes, James King: The billboard is certainly "somewhat racist." Using a photo of a family as a prop, based solely on the color of their skin, is about as disingenuous and nasty as it gets.

Genius
Genius

THE BILLBOARD IS ANTI-BABEU.

Use your brain, moron.

Genius
Genius

"Not exactly flattering" LMFAO. Mis-quoting someone, and using the photo of a Latino family as a racist prop is about as low as it gets. Nice to know idiots like you condone such behavior, as long as you get what you want out of it.

anon.
anon.

I'm thankful some voices will never reverberate beyond the trailer park chain link.(or internet comment boards)Feel free to retort, I'm sure you'll perceive me as another "mongoloid using a computer", just as I see you as another knuckle dragging fool.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Idiot. Moron. Mentally retarded. Mongoloid.

Certainly terms a genius could be proud to use.

If you have a position, Genius, try to present it in such a way that someone might actually read and absorb your point, even if not agreeing. Your high school drivel isn't getting anyone to pay attention, should you care.

JusticeSeeker
JusticeSeeker

Abusive comment about the mentally retarded says more about you then who you are degrading.

Rob
Rob

Hi Bobby!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It appears a former poster, who ran away from NT and promised to never post here again, has returned in the body of Genius......

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gosh, Genius, did I touch a nerve with my post? You don't know me well enough (at all, actually) to refer to me as an idiot simply because I posted that perhaps not everyone is as enamored by Little Joe Paul as you and/or others. Honestly, Genius, I was impressed by Little Joe Paul when he was first elected in 2008. But over time he has lost any support I might have thrown his way.

I found the billboard to be very humorous, thank you. And I thank those responsible for the billboard for having the intestinal fortitude and imagination to put it together.

You see, Genious, a true idiot might not have been able to write such prose.

However, I did write it slowly so you could keep up.

Genius
Genius

Do you believe that Babeu authorized the billboard? No? Then you're probably not an idiot.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Context - the "genius" only appears to be one in contrast with an idiot, moron, mentally retarded, mongoloid.

For the rest of us, he's just a dull normal.

Genius
Genius

My position is that you're a useful idiot, unable to shield your eyes from the magnificence of your own hypocrisy.

Genius
Genius

You're absolutely correct. I was being far too abusive to the mentally retarded by comparing them to Jackie.

To any mentally retarded person that may be reading this post, please accept my most humble apology.

Coz
Coz

Kinda like fly's on you know what, just can't ever get rid of them.

Genius
Genius

"I found the billboard to be very humorous, thank you."

Of course you did. You're a racist.

"And I thank those responsible for the billboard for having the intestinal fortitude and imagination to put it together."

LMFAO. Totally shocked, a racist agrees with a racist.

BTW, the family depicted on the billboard is originally from El Salvador, living in the country LEGALLY.

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