Lieutenant Mike Stauffer, Joe Arpaio Opponent, Says MCSO Officers Investigated for Ties to Cartels Should be Put on Leave

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Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer wants Sheriff Joe Arpaio's job.
As Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio continues to take it on the chin for various acts of mismanagement and corruption within his department -- which now includes Mexican drug cartels infiltrating the MCSO -- the man who wants his job has some suggestions for the aging sheriff.

Click here for the details of how a one-time member of Arpaio's anti-human-smuggling task force is himself an alleged human smuggler. 

For starters, Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer -- who has already declared his candidacy to unseat Arpaio -- wouldn't allow the several MCSO officers Arpaio is currently investigating for their suspected ties to Mexican drug cartels to remain on duty.

"In this latest incident, Sheriff Arpaio admitted that he has known about the human and illicit drug smuggling of these employees for at least one year, but failed to do anything about it until recently," Stauffer says. "In addition, the sheriff casually admitted that there are a number of other employees under suspicion for these same offenses that are still on the job. The highest standards of American law enforcement ethics require employees under this kind of suspicion to be placed on leave immediately."

Stauffer says that the arrest of two detention officers and one Immigration and Customs Enforcement-trained deputy is just the latest mishap in a career of mismanagement and corruption.

"It should be clear by now, Sheriff Arpaio's negligence and extreme mismanagement of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has yielded yet another scandal," Stauffer says. "While the sheriff has repeatedly told us that he is in charge and he alone is keeping crime at bay, his corrupt leadership has emboldened and encouraged criminal activity at all levels of MCSO."

In announcing the officers' ties to the cartels, Arpaio patted himself on the back for not trying to sweep the incident under the rug.

"We came up with the information, and we clean up our own house," America's self-proclaimed "toughest" sheriff grumbled at a press conference yesterday afternoon.

"This sheriff, when something comes to his attention, he doesn't sit back, he takes action," he continued.

Like us, Stauffer disagrees with the sheriff's assessment of his own housekeeping.

"It is clear that Sheriff Arpaio has no intention to clean up the corrupt environment that he has fostered," he says. "We should no longer allow Sheriff Arpaio to conduct his cover-ups and blame games and hold him accountable."

Click here to visit Stauffer's campaign website.
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Coz
Coz

I don't trust Stauffer, I think he's just another Arpaio.

Scottsdale PD is already well known for their bully can do no wrong mentality. We have enough of that already in Law Enforcement, especially in Arizona.

David Saint
David Saint

He should be one to talk, Scottsdale PD easily rivals MCSO regarding profiling, as well as many other areas.  I would need to see some evidence that he has rooted it out before, otherwise my gut is that he is another joe jr.

Guest
Guest

Check out his web site David, this guy is nothing but an Rpiehole clone who is "Looking Forward" to enforcing 1070. I really don't think we need another sheriff who gets elected by pandering to the racist element in the county.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I am not sure that Stauffer is the answer..  I don't know enough about him. 

When Arpaio recently says we have problems and he is going to fix the problems, I have concerns.  For 19 years, he has denied problems and in fact bragged about how squeaky clean his organization was.  He lied to us.  He now says that he did not know what was going on.  If he did not know how clean his organization was, he should not have stated so and not told us that it was clean.  He should have been honest and told us that I don't know what is going on in my department.  He should have said that Hendershott says all is well.  He certainly acted like he knew things were clean.  I don't care what Hendershott told him.  I care what Arpaio knew and what he told us he knew.  He lied to us.  Just like he lied to the poor suckers that bought his book and attended book signings.  Turns out, he did not write his book, can't verify that the information and events in the book even happened.  In fact, he claims he has not even read his book.  What a fraud.  Or did he lie during a depo when asked about his book?  Everything about Arpaio turns out to be a big vapor cloud as he bobs and weaves like a boxer to avoid the implications of simple truth and honesty.

Will Stauffer be honest, completely honest?

   

Tina
Tina

Gerry, NT had an article on Mike Stauffer,  his  platform, etc. from his website a few days ago, and he seemed to have a handle on the horrors and corruption that exists in MCSO under Arpaio, didn't mince any words about it.One thing did bother me, which needs addressing.  He said, "Under no circumstances will I allow crime of any kind to prevail under my leadership as Maricopa County Sheriff. From petty theft to illegal immigration, criminals will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."If he said "from petty theft to murder" or "from petty theft to drug smuggling"  I'd have felt more comfortable, but since "illegal immigration" in and of itself is enforced by ICE and implemented by court decisions when suspects are arrested for other offenses, his ignorance is troubling.    We don't know if he believes in the demands of SB 1070 were it to be put into effect,  which would make all law enforcement personnel in the state immigration agents.  

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Stauffer claims to be endorsed by dirty.com boytoy Ben Quayle who is Not necessarily the superman of integrity.

Rob
Rob

Wait....I thought Joe said the Cartel has a $1M contract out on him?Yet they were able to infiltrate MCSO and have people on the inside for quite some time....

I'm confused?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Rob,  I think that was the contract on Arpaio's life that was distributed by text message.  I am not sure it had instructions on how to get paid after successful completion of the task.  If a cartel leader really wanted him gone, I can't imagine that it would be contracted by text message.

The $1M value is a bit much too.  Why would someone pay that much when many professionals would do it for far less money.  Why would you want to hurt the guy that ignores sheriffing to the point that criminals can get away with things in his county.  I doubt the cartels are mad at him about his talk and bluster and the fact that he captures a few illegals and drugs.  The cartels might be more upset at a more competent sheriff that actually did the job.

But on the positive side, the Sheriff has extra security and a couple of cars and drivers at his disposal all the time.  One good threat every year or so will keep him in luxury.

 

Fred
Fred

The cartel was probably grooming the deputy for taking Joe out...just a good thing Joe got his man first...and so quick, only a year.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I think Joe Arpaio is going to wake up and get into the big time media which will deflect any opponents. 

Consider the new NBC show "Law & Order, MCSO Special Victims Unit"

Scene 1:  Uniformed deputies arrive to find a young girl raped and left for dead.  Detectives from the MCSO SVU are summoned.  They look at the crime scene, ask the uniforms if they have a name, and if there are any witnesses identified.  They talk to the bus driver and make sure they request a rape kit at the hospital. 

Scene 2:  The detectives are hard at work looking for cracked windshields, knowing that illegals are responsible for the majority of violent crime in AZ.  Where else should you look for a rapist?

Scene 3:  A van is pulled over and 9 Mexicans are arrested for smuggling themselves into the country. 

Scene 4:  The MCSO Sheriff and his PR lady go over the particulars of a press release making sure that everybody knows that MCSO is the only agency enforcing all the laws all the time, especially immigration laws.

Scene 5:  Detectives look into the case file which has one page of information.  They shrug their shoulders, saying it is not solvable because the rapist was probably deported.  The  case is exceptionally cleared and they go for a drink.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

If it weren't so close to being reality, it would be very funny...

Gerry-c
Gerry-c

Sobering and sad it is....such kids have been raped again by mcso inactivity.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

["In addition, the sheriff casually admitted that there are a number of other employees under suspicion for these same offenses that are still on the job. The highest standards of American law enforcement ethics require employees under this kind of suspicion to be placed on leave immediately."]

While the political spirit of this statement is obvious, the accuracy of it is flawed. Mr. Stauffer has no idea how many other employees are under suspicion or what the extent, if any, of their involvement. There may be none of the remainder of 'suspected' employees who would normally be placed on administrative leave. In fact, it's somewhat common in criminal and internal investigations to name a person as a suspect simply by association with a confirmed suspect, and during the course of investigation to find that there is nothing criminal or in violation of policy due to the perceived association. As example, when I was a patrolman working as 'lead man' on my team I was working for a dirty sergeant. It was learned that he was meeting his girlfriend on duty and spending procreative time with her. Because I was the number two person on the team I became a 'suspect by association'. I was cleared during the IA investigation and a founding of Unfounded was tendered. I was NOT put on administrative duty at any time, even though that sergeant had been immediately placed on admin duty and eventually resigned in lieu of termination.

While I agree with the remainder of his statement from Mr. Stauffer I'm surprised by the quoted statement....

Rob
Rob

I doubt they know of any others Tommy...I think he's just blowing hot air in hopes that if there are more within MCSO saying that might flush them out.  Or they may just up and leave.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Rob, when his lips are moving, he is lying. Therefore we have no way of knowing if he will ever utter a truthful statement. Your point is valid.

Native Guns
Native Guns

Yes sir, we both have to agree with Mr. Stauffer's assertion that a corrupt leadership does beget criminal activity on all levels. Sort of like having wealthy parents gone every weekend, while their spoiled teenagers wage slumber parties at home. It gets out of hand. But as you informed me earlier, in spite of Mr. Stauffer's statements. I may keep an open mind on David Gonzales, at which we are still awaiting his press release on the "Flaccid [Old] Fool's" atrocious administration. I wonder what Mr. Gonzales has to say about all this? I'm sure its something we all agree on.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

In his current position as U.S. Marshall Mr. Gonzales cannot make a position statement regarding MCSO. Until which time he officially has announced his intention to run, and files candidacy, it would be inappropriate.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Good catch Tommy.  The problems at MCSO have not yet begun to be identified, let alone quantified.  We might be seeing the last of them (doubt it), or we might have just seen the preview of coming attractions. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I think it's really just the tip of the proverbial iceberg... once the rolling over starts it could become an avalanche that buries the MCSO command stuff, snuffing the lifeblood out of the root of the cancer who is the person known as Joe....

It took MCSO a year to confirm this corruption and criminality? Yikes, what a gross demonstration of inept law enforcement.

I've said it a hundred times over the past few years, MCSO resource management is criminally lacking.

Tina
Tina

It was reported that a multijurisdiction drug task force conducted the investigations and that the three MCSO employees were among twelve suspects arrested. It really is understandable that it took a year for that kind of investigation, to be absolutely certain of the evidence, all written up for prosecutors'  satisfaction.   Due to the sensitive nature of the matter with insider Navarette, surely extra precautionary measures had to be taken so he wouldn't be clued in or suspect that he and his larger connections were being investigated.  

I know, I know....all the corruption at the top of MCSO that warranted investigations which never initiated....   

Jason
Jason

The Senile Spinster doesn't clean up his own house because if that was the case, Blimpie would have been booted in 1993, when Lt. Reyer told him about Blimpie's corruption, not 2011.

If the Senile Spinster cleaned up his own house, he would hold his deputies liable for all those lawsuit judgments and payouts.

If the Flaccid Fool cleaned up his own house, he wouldn't have allowed his detention officers to steal documents governed by attorney-client privilege. He, working in concert with Corrupt Candy, wouldn't have made Judge Donahoe's life a living hell merely because the judge held Stoddard in contempt.

If the MCSO shurf cleaned up his own house, he would resign his position.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Think about adding 'One way ticket to the moon', to your perp walk song. I am still trying to confirm the lyrics and title...

Jason
Jason

Let me know. I will definitely add it on.

BTW, my perp-walk song is The Doors' "The End"..... You just have to listen to a few verses in the song to get the point of why I selected it.

Also, I got Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock" as a song..... I think you requested it.....

Laurelhardy
Laurelhardy

Arpaio is probably going to let these people that infiltrated MCSO to quit rather than fire them so they can collect their retirement pension like all the other corrupt employees have

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Not likely. Since they have been arrested, unlike Hendershott, Black and Fox, they should be terminated after three shifts (if that's MCSO policy) of not showing up for work. Of course the detention officers are on the 'other' side of the bars for a change. Like Adam Stoddard, I suppose they might still be working while incarcerated. I wonder why they weren't booked into another county jail instead of Maricopa.

As far as their pensions... they are entitled to their pension contribution and the percentage amount they are 'vested' due to years of service.

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