Joe Arpaio Cowers to Common Sense -- Bails on All-Star Chain-Gangs

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In a concession to common sense, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio agreed today to stop  plans for chain-gang parades in front of Chase Field before the start of tomorrow's MLB All-Star game.

 

"I'm not going to interfere with the ball game tomorrow," Arpaio promised in a news conference this afternoon.

Apparently not wanting to put a blemish on America's sacred pastime or emotionally scar the scores of children attending the All-Star game, Arpaio said he is keeping his imprisoned clean-up crew away from the event.

Originally, three chain gangs -- one made up of undocumented immigrants arrested for drunk driving -- were supposed to be forced to pick up trash around the stadium.

Protesters rallying against Arizona's controversial immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, also were expected to show up before the game.

And Arpaio wanted a piece of the media spotlight.

"If [protesters] can be there, why can't my female chain gang be there as a public service?" Arpaio asked New Times.

But America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" said his decision to back down has nothing to do with opposition by MLB officials or media critics.

"If they had called and asked me to knock it off, I probably would have done it anyway," Arpaio said. "I decided to let the people enjoy the game without any outside distraction."

Arpaio says his chain gangs will be back on the streets come Wednesday.

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Wake up people!!
Wake up people!!

Arizona has fun events to bring as an opportunity for "new" business - for their growing mass industrial prison complex. Arpaio advertising with a CHAIN-gang would make it too obvious. Customers are needed for Arizona's lucrative 5,000 prison beds. Arizona's draconian DUI laws will do it...."Ties That Bind: Arizona Politicians and the Private Prison Industry -- In These Times"http://www.inthesetimes.com/ar...

Wake up people!!
Wake up people!!

Arizona has fun events to bring as an opportunity for "new" business - for their growing mass industrial prison complex. Arpaio advertising with a CHAIN-gang would make it too obvious. Customers are needed for Arizona's lucrative 5,000 prison beds. Arizona's draconian DUI laws will do it..."Ties That Bind: Arizona Politicians and the Private Prison Industry -- In These Times"http://www.inthesetimes.com/ar...

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Arizona has so little left that brings enjoyment to people and arpaio has to one-up everyone. When is this aging narcissist going to go away?

Wake up people!!
Wake up people!!

Arizona has fun events to bring as an opportunity for "new" business - for their growing mass industrial prison complex. Arpaio advertising with a CHAIN-gang would make it too obvious. Customers are needed for Arizona's lucrative 5,000 prison beds. Arizona's draconian DUI laws will do it...."Ties That Bind: Arizona Politicians and the Private Prison Industry" -- In These Timeshttp://www.inthesetimes.c...

Wake up people!!
Wake up people!!

Arizona has fun events to bring as an opportunity for "new" business - for their growing mass industrial prison complex. Arpaio advertising with a change gang would make it too obvious. Customers are needed for Arizona's lucrative 5,000 prison beds. Arizona's draconian DUI laws will do it.... "Ties That Bind: Arizona Politicians and the Private Prison Industry" -- In These Times

http://www.inthesetimes.com/ar...

John Smith
John Smith

The Chain Gangs are populated with volunteers that get marginally better food. They also have to sign a waiver promising not to sue him. He simply couldn't get enough volunteers to make up enough of a Joe Show spectacle so he called it off.Why does anybody fall for this modern day Soapy Smith's Confidence Scheme?

Clarity
Clarity

"I decided to let the people enjoy the game without any outside distraction.""I DECIDED..." HE Decided to let people ENJOY the game..., Egomaniac!

Anon
Anon

narcissist tyrant.

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

I wonder if he took some mental medications rendering him to see common sense for once?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I worked with the seriously mentally ill for over 20 yrs and THERE AREN'T ANY MEDICATIONS strong enough to impart any degree of sanity in Rpiehole.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"I decided to let the people enjoy the game without any outside distraction." 

How nice of him.  I suppose AARPaio will "decide" to allow lights inside Chase Field too.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Ain't he just a magnanimous prick?

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