Mike Stauffer on Tent City Shooting -- and Joe Arpaio's Underwear Fetish

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Lieutenant Mike Stauffer on Joe Arpaio's underwear fetish: "it's creepy."
We spoke to Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer this afternoon about the shooting at Tent City early yesterday morning.

In case you missed it, click here to read about a Tent City inmate who was hit with shrapnel after a bullet was fired at the tents from about 120 yards away from the jail's southwest fence.

Stauffer is challenging Joe Arpaio in next year's primary for Maricopa County sheriff. If he were running the show at the MCSO right now, he says, a random person wouldn't even be allowed close enough to the jail to fire a bullet at the inmates.

"It just goes to show how unsecure this facility is," Stauffer tells New Times. "The inmates are sleeping close enough to a street that they could get hit by shrapnel....there's no perimeter security. The sheriff has a responsibility to at least see to it that inmates aren't shot."

If he were sheriff, Stauffer wouldn't shut down Tent City, but one of the many changes he would make includes locking down the roads that lead into the jail facility. Currently, anyone can drive a car onto the sprawling MCSO campus and get within about 50 yards of the Tent City fences. In fact, people can get close enough to throw drugs and other contraband over the fences to the inmates inside.

"That place needs to be secured," he says. "I'd put a lot more [guards] and create good perimeter security. I'd lockdown the streets around Tent City so there are real, physical barriers between the prisoners and the outside world. That's the way it needs to be."

As for Arpaio's famous line when criticized about the conditions of Tent City -- "if soldiers fighting in Iraq can sleep in tents, why can't inmates" -- Stauffer says "he's lying."

Soldiers, he says, mostly sleep in "containerized housing units," not "Korean War-era tents" like the tents set up in Arpaio's jail.

If he becomes sheriff, Stauffer says he'd replace the tents with CHUs, which offer climate control. He says they're cheap and would lead to fewer heat related illnesses that could potentially be the basis for lawsuits filed against the MCSO.

Tent City was built in response to a court decision in the 1990s when jails were overcrowded. The decision would have forced the early release of inmates unless the MCSO could find somewhere else to put them.

Stauffer says there isn't overcrowding in the jails anymore, and there are even several free cells within some of the MCSO's indoor jails.

"If the need for Tent City doesn't exist anymore, I would probably look at re-tasking the facility," he says. He wouldn't shut it down, though.

"It would be for first-timers and people who have committed minor misdemeanor crimes. They're the ones who would be the most affected by a hard time in jail," he says. "The whole point of Tent City would be a boot camp-style facility, but it won't be [inmates] laying around in these outdated tents from the Korean War era."

Stauffer says inmates would be forced to do chores and take classes -- like drug and alcohol or anger management courses. He would even introduce other courses like history classes.

"These people aren't lifers, they're there a maximum of two years, so they have to be released with some sort of skills so that they don't return," he says. "If we just let them sit around and do nothing, or teach each other new 'skills'  -- you know, criminal 'skills' -- we're just creating repeat offenders. We're not doing anything to impact the recidivism rate, which is part of what we should be doing. We should give the people in these jails another choice when they get out other than commit crimes."

He says the population of tent city would be carefully screened to make sure its inmates aren't now -- or have been in the past -- a security threat. As it stands now, he says, an inmate could have done hard time in the Department of Corrections in the past for a serious crime, but is in Tent City on a minor offense, and could be designated a low security risk based on the minor crime for which he was sent to Tent City, with no consideration of prior crimes.

But the jail itself is only one of Stauffer's concerns when it comes to America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff."

"The other thing that concerns me is that [Arpaio] seems to have a preoccupation with underwear," Stauffer says about Arpaio's Elvis-themed panty party earlier this week. "That's just creepy -- and inappropriate. I really think that a professional law enforcement leader -- acting like he's Tom Jones, or Elvis Presley out there -- it's inappropriate."

The party was to celebrate Tent City's 18th birthday -- a rather arbitrary anniversary for which to have a party.

When asked why Arpaio wouldn't just wait two years and celebrate the jail's 20th anniversary, Stauffer jokes "because he knows I'll be sheriff then."

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YES , WE CAN...YES , WE CAN...WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive...thank you lord....aaamen).

What do you mean tragedy! It was just a birthday present for planet apes president !!! That's all ! Feels great to flip hamburgers and hip hop atop of good news...makes you feel vibrant and energized !!!

ARIZONA = UTOYA = GOVERNMENT‘S "AFTERLIFE" CASH & $$ FLASH MOB (there was no shooting in Utoya or Arizona, but tear gas and theater instead on faces of multiculturalism maniacs..your guilt or blame and shame weapon against us and our families in our own countries atop of forceful unemployment during so called "ECONOMIC CRISES" during which third world foreigners are allowed to rape, kill, and still is nothing else but fast way to early retirements for government related criminals/ terrorists...$$$ extra bonuses, and newly issued state identities while calling you a terrorists) !!! http://stateofterror.blogspot.... or http://stateofterror.wordpress...

OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.c... or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.... Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ...YESSS, WE CAN...YESSS,  WE CAN...GABBY OPENED HER EYES (Obaminator’s psychotic speech in Tucson = failed “Apocalypse Now“)

WAKE-UP !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT GETS ALL TO LATE ON PLANET  APES !!! TEARS WON'T DO YOU ANY GOOD !!! AS BUSH STATED "THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR"(to die ) !!

EVEN IF IRAQ WOULD  HAVE BEEN WAR FOR OIL ONLY,  VETERANS WOULDN'T NEVER EVER HAVE TO BE HOMELESS PEOPLE THE WAY THEY ARE AND NOR WOULD OUR PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE ALLOVER THE PLACE THE WAY THEY DO TO VERY TODAY(never ending “war on terror” story). BECAUSE EVEN IF WAR WAS FOR THE SAKE OF MONEY, MONEY SHOULD BE USED  FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS AND NOT WHAT THE CASE IS OR AGAINST WHITES(to destroy us allover the world) !!! You don't really proof for 911, just put  your sht together in your heads...THIS IS PLENTY ENOUGH TO HAVE O(B)SAMA  INDICTED FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST WHITE AMERICAN HUMANITY TOGETHER WITH HIS ZIONIST MASTERS) !!!

Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved USA what is lots of Dollars in  your DEBT DEALS as those best of America or Navy Seals would  also grew older and then you already know how it goes...DEAD & ILL = DEBT DEAL !!!

HOW MUCH FURTHER ARE WE WILLING TO GO IN ORDER TO PLEASE VERY SAME PEOPLE WHO DENY US EVEN THE RIGHT TO EXISTENCE(what is to you country without laws or lawless country in respect to your personal rights, but the one that in contrast to your denied basic human rights recognizes you extremely liable when payments are due) !!?

IS IT INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CELEBRATE OR DEPENDENCE (what are your credit card bills or alimony saying about it) !!? HOW IS YOUR DIABETES AND LOST MARRIAGES !!? FORECLOSURES AND  JOB SEARCH !!? THAT IS THE QUESTION TO BE OR NOT TO BE !!! IS IT LAND OF THE FREE OR STATE OF TERROR AGAINST OWN  POPULATION !!? IT IS TIME TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT COLOR ARE THE STRIPES ON OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who wants to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!! IT IS  IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHOM WE ADDRESS WITH "PRESIDENT" (STOP HUMILIATING YOURSELF) !!!

VOTING POLL:

DO WE NEED MORE PROOFS TO INDICT OBAMA AND BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY !!?

1)NO, THEY ARE CLEARLY GUILTY AS OIL WAR NEVER EVER WAS REAL ISSUE IN GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES. REAL ISSUE  ARE FACTS OR WHAT WE WITNESS TODAY WHEN VETERANS  ARE HOMELESS, JOBLESS, KILLED, ETC.

2)NO, AS 911 ALONE AS WELL AS ACTIONS IMPOSED AGAINST  WHITES IN USA (as well worldwide) ARE CLEARLY INDICATING ACTS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY

3)YESS AS JUST YESTERDAY(for over 15 years to very yesterday), WE (news/media = vacuum world of lies) WERE TELLING YOU THAT UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT 10% WHILE TODAY ONE IS AT 50% (HOW COME NO ONE QUESTION JOURNALISM LIKE THIS OR  WHAT IS WORLD OF LIES AND DEMENTIA)!

4)I AGREE WITH FIRST TWO ANSWERS ABOVE.  IT IS TIME TO PRESS CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST BOTH ADMINISTRATIONS DUE TO ACTS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY FOR THE SAKE(SAFETY) OF US AND OUR CHILDREN(DO NOT TURN THEM IN WHITE REFUGEES ON PLANET APES OR WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE WHEN VISITING ABOVE PAGES) !!! 

West K
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Well, I know where to hold the next town hall, for Lt. Stauffer. Appears we can certainly generate enough content for at least 1 hour of Q&A right here on the NT blog.  Thanks also to the majority of you who unquestionably want a new sheriff in 2012, and more specifically Police Lt. Mike Stauffer as your next sheriff. IT'S TIME.

FormerRepublican
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It is obvious here folks that Arpaio's antics have been deathly, costly and just plain insane.  He doesn't have the backing he did 4 years ago, and with a little good fortune and a lot of good information Arpaio will not be in the lineup in 2012.  Please let's all do our part to be sure he is shown the door in 2012.  The best gift we could give ourselves is to rid ourselves of his reign of terror.

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Just to name a few of the MCSO Goons Handy work........

 

Inmate deaths and injuries un Joe Arpaio’s watch

Family members of inmates who have died or been injured injail custody have filed lawsuits against the sheriff’s office. Maricopa County has paid more than $43 million insettlement claims during Arpaio's tenure.

Charles Agster

In August 2001, Charles Agster, a 33-year-old mentallyhandicapped man, died in the county jail three days after being forced bysheriff's officers into a restraint chair used for controlling combativearrestees. Agster's parents had been taking him to a psychiatric hospitalbecause he was exhibiting paranoia, then called police when he refused to leavea convenience store where they had stopped enroute. Officers took Agster to theMadison Street jail, placed a "spit hood" over his face and strappedhim to the chair, where he had an apparent seizure and lost consciousness. Hewas declared brain dead three days later. A medical examiner later concludedthat Agster died of complications of methamphetamine intoxication. In asubsequent lawsuit, an attorney for the sheriff's office described the amountof methamphetamine in Agster's system as 17 times the known lethal dose. Thelawsuit resulted in a $9 million jury verdict against the county, the sheriff'soffice, and Correctional Health Services.

Scott Norberg

One major controversy includes the 1996 death of inmateScott Norberg, a former Brigham Young University football wide receiver, whodied while in custody of the Sheriff's office.[75] Norberg was arrested forassaulting a police officer in Mesa, Arizona, after neighbors in a residentialarea had reported a delirious man walking in their neighborhood.[76] Arpaio'soffice repeatedly claimed Norberg was also high on methamphetamine, but a bloodtoxicology performed post-mortem was inconclusive. According to a toxologicalreport, Norberg did have methamphetamine in his urine, though "there wouldbe no direct effect caused by the methamphetamine on Norberg's behavior at thetime of the incident".[77] During his internment, evidence suggestsdetention officers shocked Norberg several times with a stun-gun. According toan investigation by Amnesty International, Norberg was already handcuffed andface down when officers dragged him from his cell and placed him in a restraintchair with a towel covering his face. After Norberg's corpse was discovered,detention officers accused Norberg of attacking them as they were trying torestrain him. The cause of his death, according to the Maricopa Countymedical examiner, was due to "positional asphyxia". Sheriff Arpaioinvestigated and subsequently cleared detention officers of any criminalwrongdoing.[78]

Norbergâ’s parents filed a lawsuit against Arpaio and hisoffice. The lawsuit was settled for $8.25 million (USD).[79]

Brian Crenshaw

Brian Crenshaw was a legally blind and mentally disabledinmate who suffered fatal injuries while being held in Maricopa County Jail.

Crenshaw's family filed a lawsuit against Arpaio and hisoffice, which resulted in an award of $2 million.[80] As in the Scott Norbergcase, it was alleged that Arpaio's office destroyed evidence in the case. Inthe Crenshaw case, the attorney who represented the case before a jury allegeddigital video evidence was destroyed.

[edit] Richard Post

Richard Post was a paraplegic inmate arrested in 1996 forpossession of marijuana and criminal trespass. Post was placed in a restraintchair by guards and his neck was broken in the process. The event, caught onvideo, shows guards smiling and laughing while Post is being injured. Becauseof his injuries, Post has lost much of the use of his arms.

Post settled his claims against the Sheriff's office for $800,000.

Jeremy Flanders

In 1996, Jeremy Flanders was attacked by inmates at Tent Citywho used rebar tent stakes, which were not concreted into the ground. Althoughthese stakes had been used as weapons in a previous riot at the facility, theSheriff's office chose not to secure them properly. During the trial, the plaintiff"presented evidence that, among other things, the Sheriff and his deputieshad actual knowledge that prisoners used rebar tent stakes and tent poles asweapons and did nothing to prevent it." Furthermore, "the Sheriffadmitted knowing about, and in fact intentionally designing, some conditions atTent City that created a substantial risk ofinmate violence." After the attack: "another inmate entered the tentand found Flanders unconscious, gasping for air, and spewing blood out of hismouth, nose and ears. Flanders had beenbloodied and beaten so badly that the other inmate initially did not recognize Flanders." Flanderssuffered permanent brain damage as a result of the attack. On appeal, Flanders was awarded $635,532, of which Arpaio waspersonally responsible for thirty-five percent.

Ambria Renee Spencer

In 2006, inmate Ambrett Spencer, who was incarcerated fordrunk driving and was nine months pregnant with a healthy girl, complained ofsevere stomach pains and asked for medical attention. The infirmary nurse, whohad no prenatal training, believed the pain was not an emergency. It was twohours before an ambulance was called for Spencer, who in the meantime hadpassed out from severely low blood pressure and lost so much color that the EMTwho arrived at the scene said he knew she was "not getting enough blood to[her] organs and skin." At the hospital—four hours after first reportingpain—Spencer gave birth to a dead daughter, Ambria Renee. It was determined thatSpencer's pain had been caused by placental abruption, internal bleedingresulting in loss of blood to the baby, which babies can usually survive if themother is taken to the hospital and labor is quickly induced.

Ambrett Spencer has filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County, which as of November 2008 hasnot yet gone to trial. The county claims that the ambulance service is at faultfor not transporting Spencer to the hospital fast enough.

Other female inmates have had miscarriages whileincarcerated in Arpaio's jail and have reported physical abuse or neglect whichthey believe contributed to the loss of their pregnancies.

Jose Rodriguez

On March 26, 1996, Jose Rodriquez, 39, died in a pool of his own vomit on ajail floor. His cries for help went ignored by Arpaio's jail employees.Rodriquez's dehydration, fever and twitching ultimately led to his death, evenwhile inmates shouted for help.[84]

[edit] Phillip Wilson

In 2003, Phillip Wilson was serving two months in Tent Cityfor a nonviolent offense. Wilsonwas attacked by the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang and bludgeoned into a coma.He never recovered.

Deborah Braillard

Deborah Braillard, 46, was documented as a diabetic in thejail's health records. Her cellmates say a nurse did not give Braillard insulin,and then detention officers ignored her when she went into diabetic shock.Braillard died on January 23, 2005, ultimately from lack of insulin.[84]

Clint Yarbrough

In December 2005, Clint Yarbrough suffocated in a jailrestraint chair. On April 18, 2007, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved anundisclosed settlement payout to Yarbrough's family in excess of $1 million.

Thomas Bruce Cooley

Months before Thomas Bruce Cooley, 44, was found hanging bythe bed sheets in his jail cell, a federal inspector had warned Arpaio that thejail psych ward was a suicide waiting to happen. A 1996 Department of Justicereport specifically cautioned that inmates could use "overhangingstructures" to hang themselves. Three more inmates died in the same way asThomas Cooley while in Arpaio's custody: Kevin Holschlag, Michael Sanderson,and Juan Vasquez. 

Coz
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Historyof Bozo Joe Arpaio, Part 2

 

Improperclearance of MCSO cases

 

Newreports show that the county may be improperly clearing as many as 75% of caseswithout arrest or proper investigation. According to recent reports, thesheriff's office has failed to properly investigate serious crimes, such as therape of a 14 year old girl by classmates, the rape of a 15 year old girl by twostrangers, and the rape of a 13 year old girl by her father. These cases were"exceptionally cleared" without investigation or even identifying asuspect in one case which are not in accordance with the FBI standards forexceptional clearance. The case of the 15 year old girl, the case was closedwithin one month and before DNA testing was even complete, the 13 year oldsbecause her mother didn't want to "to pursue this investigation," andthe 14 year olds because a suspect declined to come in for questioning. In astatement to ABC15, the Sheriff's Office claimed, "The GoldwaterInstitutes report cites the FBIs Uniform Code Reporting handbook, which is avoluntary crime-reporting program to compile statistical information andreports. The UCR is not intended for oversight on how law enforcement agenciesclear cases...The Sheriffs Office has its own criteria for clearing cases.

 

Decreasingeffectiveness of law enforcement.

 

TheArizona East Valley Tribune Pulitzer Prize-winning report on Arpaio and theMaricopa County Sheriff's Office suggests that the increasing focus onimmigration has led to a decreasing efficacy of law enforcement for moreserious crimes. The report suggests that response times have increased, arrestrates for non immigration crimes have dropped, and investigations have sufferedas a result of the Sheriff's focus on immigration. Emergency response teamsarrived too late for 2/3 of over 6,000 of the most serious cases and arrestrates for criminal investigations dropped from 10 percent in 2005 to 3.5percent in 2006. Other sources have also cited Arpaio's immigration focus asimpacting crime in Maricopa County, and cite FBIstatistics of about a 70% increase in violent crimes and a 166% increase inhomicides from 2004 to 2007, much larger than FBI statistics for surroundingareas. The East Valley Tribune report also states that the number of casescleared by exception increased 37% after Arpaio's immigration targetedpolicies.

 

Inmate conditions

 

AmnestyInternational has issued a report critical of the treatment of inmates in Maricopa County facilities. Local newspapers alsohave been critics.

 

Lawsuits

 

From2004 through November 2007, Arpaio was the target of 2,150 lawsuits in U.S.District Court and hundreds more in Maricopa County courts; 50 timesas many prison-conditions lawsuits as the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston jail systems combined.

 

Arpaiois named in a class-action lawsuit, Hart v. Arpaio, brought by Phoenix attorney Debra Hill and the AmericanCivil Liberties Union on behalf of jail inmates. The lawsuit centers on thetreatment of pretrial detainees, who are legally innocent until proven guilty.The lawsuit claims that Arpaio is violating the constitutional rights of thosedetainees. The trial in the lawsuit began on August 12, 2008.

Bymid-2007, more than $50 million in claims had been filed against the sheriff'soffice and Maricopa County.

 

Recidivism ratecontroversy

 

Inher book on prison policy The Use of Force by Detention Officers, Arizona StateUniversity criminal justice professor Marie L. Griffin reported on a1998 study commissioned by Arpaio to examine recidivism rates based on conditions ofconfinement. Comparing recidivism rates under Arpaio to those under hispredecessor, the study found "there was no significant difference inrecidivism observed between those offenders released in 1989-1990 and thosereleased in 1994-1995.

Inmate deaths and injuries

 

Familymembers of inmates who have died or been injured in jail custody have filedlawsuits against the sheriff’s office. Maricopa Countyhas paid more than $43 million in settlement claims during Arpaio's tenure.

 

Charles Agster

 

InAugust 2001, Charles Agster, a 33-year-old mentally handicapped man, died inthe county jail three days after being forced by sheriff's officers into arestraint chair used for controlling combative arrestees. Agsters parents hadbeen taking him to a psychiatric hospital because he was exhibiting paranoia, then called police when he refused toleave a convenience store where they had stopped enroute. Officers took Agsterto the Madison Street jail, placed a "spit hood" over his face andstrapped him to the chair, where he had an apparent seizure and lostconsciousness. He was declared brain dead three days later. A medical examinerlater concluded that Agster died of complications of methamphetamine intoxication. In a subsequent lawsuit, anattorney for the sheriff's office described the amount of methamphetamine inAgsters system as 17 times the known lethal dose. The lawsuit resulted in a $9million jury verdict against the county, the sheriff's office, and Correctional Health Services.

 

Scott Norberg

 

Onemajor controversy includes the 1996 death of inmate Scott Norberg, a former Brigham Young Universityfootball wide receiver, who died while in custody of the Sheriff's office.[66] Norberg was arrested for assaulting apolice officer in Mesa, Arizona, after neighbors in a residential area hadreported a delirious man walking in their neighborhood. Arpaio's officerepeatedly claimed Norberg was also high on methamphetamine, but a blood toxicology performed post-mortem wasinconclusive. According to a toxological report, Norberg did have methamphetaminein his urine, though "there would be no direct effect caused by themethamphetamine on Norberg's behavior at the time of the incident". Duringhis internment, evidence suggests detentionofficers shocked Norberg several dozen times with a stun-gun. According to an investigation by Amnesty International,Norberg was already handcuffed and face down when officers dragged him from hiscell and placed him in a restraint chair with a towel covering his face. AfterNorberg's corpse was discovered, detention officers accused Norberg ofattacking them as they were trying to restrain him. The cause of his death,according to the Maricopa County medical examiner,was due to "positional asphyxia".Sheriff Arpaio investigated and subsequently cleared detention officers of anycriminal wrongdoing.

 

Norbergsparents filed a lawsuit against Arpaio and his office. The lawsuit was settledfor $8.25 million (USD).

 

Brian Crenshaw

 

BrianCrenshaw was a legally blind and mentally disabled inmate who suffered fatalinjuries while being held in Maricopa County Jail for shoplifting. The injuriesthat led to his death were initially blamed on a fall from his bunk but werelater discovered to have been the result of a brutal beating by jail guards onMarch 7, 2003.[citation needed]A lawsuit filed in the Maricopa County SuperiorCourt of Arizona by the lawyer for Crenshaw's family stated:

 

Anexternal examination report of the Maricopa County Medical Examiners Officeconcluded that Brian's death was caused by "complications of blunt forcetrauma due to a fall." This conclusion was reached largely on the[Maricopa County Sheriffs Office]'s relation of their "history" ofBrian's injuries to the Medical Examiner's Office; a history that included theMCSOs implausable story that all of Brian's injuries were caused by a fall fromhis cell bed. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner conducted no autopsy; norwas the Maricopa County Medical Examiner informed by MCSO or [the CorrectionalHealth Services] about Brian's beating on March 7, 2003 and/or related events.An independent autopsy report later narrowed the cause of Brian's death to peritonitis and sepsis secondary to the duodenal perforation. A fall from Brian's4-foot, 2 inchbunk could not have simultaneously caused a broken neck, broken toes, and aduodenal perforation.

 

Thelawsuit against Arpaio and his office resulted in an award of $2 million. As inthe Scott Norberg case, it was alleged that Arpaio's office destroyed evidencein the case. In the Crenshaw case, the attorney who represented the case beforea jury alleged digital video evidence was destroyed.

 

RichardPost

 

RichardPost was a paraplegic inmate arrested in 1996 forpossession of marijuana and criminal trespass. Post was placed in a restraintchair by guards and his neck was broken in the process. The event, caught onvideo, shows guards smiling and laughing while Post is being injured. Becauseof his injuries, Post has lost much of the use of his arms. Post settled hisclaims against the Sheriff's office for $800,000.

 

Jeremy Flanders

 

In1996, Jeremy Flanders was attacked by inmates at Tent Citywho used rebar tent stakes, which were not concreted into the ground. Althoughthese stakes had been used as weapons in a previous riot at the facility, theSheriff's office chose not to secure them properly. During the trial, theplaintiff "presented evidence that, among other things, the Sheriff andhis deputies had actual knowledge that prisoners used rebar tent stakes andtent poles as weapons and did nothing to prevent it." Furthermore,"the Sheriff admitted knowing about, and in fact intentionally designing,some conditions at Tent City that created asubstantial risk of inmate violence." After the attack: "anotherinmate entered the tent and found Flanders unconscious, gasping for air, andspewing blood out of his mouth, nose and ears. Flandershad been bloodied and beaten so badly that the other inmate initially did notrecognize Flanders." Flanderssuffered permanent brain damage as a result of the attack. On appeal, Flanders was awarded $635,532, of which Arpaio waspersonally responsible for thirty-five percent.

 

Ambria Renee Spencer

 

In2006, inmate Ambrett Spencer, who was incarcerated for drunk driving and wasnine months pregnant with a girl, complained of severe stomach pains and askedfor medical attention. The infirmary nurse, who had no prenatal training,believed the pain was not an emergency. It was two hours before an ambulancewas called for Spencer, who in the meantime had passed out from severely lowblood pressure and lost so much color that the EMT who arrived at the scene saidhe knew she was "not getting enough blood to [her] organs and skin."At the hospital four hours after first reporting pain. Spencer gave birth to adead daughter, Ambria Renee. It was determined that Spencer's pain had beencaused by placental abruption,internal bleeding resulting in loss of blood to the baby.

 

AmbrettSpencer has filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County, which as ofNovember 2008 has not yet gone to trial. The county claims that the ambulanceservice is at fault for not transporting Spencer to the hospital fast enough.

Otherfemale inmates have had miscarriages while incarcerated in Arpaio's jail andhave reported physical abuse or neglect which they believe contributed to theloss of their pregnancies.

 

Jose Rodriguez

 

On March 26, 1996, JoseRodriquez, 39, died in a pool of his own vomit on a jail floor. His cries forhelp went ignored by Arpaio's jail employees. Rodriquez's dehydration, feverand twitching ultimately led to his death, even while inmates shouted for help.

 

 

PhillipWilson

 

In2003, Phillip Wilson was serving two months in Tent Cityfor a nonviolent offense. Wilsonwas attacked by the Aryan Brotherhoodprison gang and bludgeoned into a coma. He never recovered.

 

Deborah Braillard

 

DeborahBraillard, 46, was documented as a diabetic in the jail's health records. Hercellmates say a nurse did not give Braillard insulin, and then detentionofficers ignored her when she went into diabetic shock. Braillard died on January 23, 2005, ultimatelyfrom lack of insulin.

 

Clint Yarbrough

 

InDecember 2005, Clint Yarbrough suffocated in a jail restraint chair. On April 18, 2007, theMaricopa County Board of Supervisors approved an undisclosed settlement payoutto Yarbrough's family in excess of $1 million.

 

Thomas Bruce Cooley

 

Monthsbefore Thomas Bruce Cooley, 44, was found hanging by the bed sheets in his jailcell, a federal inspector had warned Arpaio that the jail psych ward was asuicide waiting to happen. A 1996 Department of Justice report specificallycautioned that inmates could use "overhanging structures" to hangthemselves. Three more inmates died in the same way as Thomas Cooley while inArpaio's custody: Kevin Holschlag, Michael Sanderson, and Juan Vasquez.

 

Icelandic extraditionrefusal

 

AnIcelandic court in 1997 refused to extradite Connie and Donald Hanes to Maricopa County after hearing evidence about thecounty jail.

 

Enforcement acts ofdeputies and posse

 

Blocking civilian accessto law enforcement databases

 

On August 13, 2009, deputiestook control of a computer system linked to sensitive criminal justice databases by forcefullychanging its password to prevent civilians from accessing the data. Two dayslater, a Maricopa County judge ordered theSheriff's Office to divulge the password, threatening to hold Chief DeputyDavid Hendershott in contempt of courtif he did not comply. Hendershott said he was prevented from sharing thepassword by federal law. Federal and state laws require that access to the NationalCrime Information Center (NCIS) and similar Arizona databases be managed by a criminaljustice agency. Hendershott said the Sheriff's Office is conducting a criminal investigationinto suspected mismanagement of the system by court and other county personnel.

 

Hesaid the investigation targets Superior Court presiding Judge Barbara Mundell,County Manager Smith and other county personnel.

Hedid not provide details on the investigation.

 

Botched raid

 

In2004, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office SWATteam led a raid on an Ahwatukee home in a gatedsubdivision, looking for illegal weapons. No illegal weapons were found, butduring the raid, the house burned down, SWAT officers forced a dog back intothe building where it subsequently died, and an armored vehicle rolled into aneighbor's parked car as a result of brake failure.

 

Prostitution sting

 

In anundercover sting operation inNovember, 2003, sheriff's deputies arrested over 70 people for prostitution and solicitation of prostitution. The officersarrested alleged prostitutes and their alleged customers in more than thirtyhomes and ten massage parlors inthe Phoenixarea. Records indicated that several of the officers and civilian posse membersdisrobed, fondled the breasts and genitals of the alleged prostitutes, andallowed their penises to be touched during the operation in the hopes ofconvincing the women they were not law enforcement officers. The MaricopaCounty Attorney's Office stated that the Sheriff's office had gone too far inallowing this behavior, and sixty of the cases were thrown out. Several of thecustomers in the case were prosecuted successfully.

 

Conflictswith local news media

 

Arrest of Phoenix NewTimes executives

 

InOctober 2007, Arpaio's deputies arrested Village Voice Mediaexecutives and Phoenix New Timeseditors Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin on charges of revealing grand jury secrets. In July 2004, the New Timeshad published Arpaio's home address in the context of a story about his realestate dealings, which the county attorney's office is investigating as apossible crime under Arizonastate law. A special prosecutor served Village Voice Media with a subpoenaordering it to produce "all documents" related to the original realestate article, as well as "all Internet web site trafficinformation" to a number of articles that mentioned Arpaio. The prosecutorfurther ordered Village Voice Media to produce the IP addresses of all visitors to the Phoenix NewTimes website since January 1, 2004, as well as what websites those readers hadbeen to prior to visiting. As an act of "civil disobedience, Lacey andLarkin published the contents of the subpoena on or around October 18, whichresulted in their arrests the same day. On the following day, the countyattorney dropped the case after declining to pursue charges against the two.The Attorney General's office has since been ordered to appear before Judge AnaBaca due to missing documentation - including the original grand jury subpoenas- in the case file for the investigation of the New Times publication.

 

On November 28, 2007, JudgeBaca ruled that the subpoenas in this case were not validly issued. The specialprosecutor filed the grand jury subpoenas without the consent of the grandjury. Baca's justification was a statute that had been clarified by case lawand by subsequent legislation to bar such subpoena authority, unless certain reportingrequirements are met. The prosecutor had not met those reporting requirements.In April, 2008, the New Times editors filed suit against Arpaio, CountyAttorney Andrew Thomas and Special Prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik, allegingnegligence, conspiracy and racketeering, and State and U.S. constitutionalviolations of free speech rights, false imprisonment, retaliation by lawenforcement and abuse of process.

 

Alleged harassment of NewTimes reporter

 

On June 11, 2008, Ray Stern, areporter for the Phoenix New Times,was surrounded by several deputies while trying to examine public records atthe City of Phoenixpublic records counter. Stern called City Attorney Gary Verburg, who came downand instructed the deputies that Stern had the right to view the records. Thedeputies then threatened to simply arrest Stern on the spot. Later, a city"conflict resolution manager" walked up and laid down an Arizona law book. Shepointed to the section of public records law that essentially says anyone canlook at any public record during business hours. City Attorney Verburg told thedeputies again that Stern had the right to look at any public record. Uponhearing that, the deputies warned Stern again that if he tried to look at thedocuments he would be arrested.

 

Theevents reported by the New Times are substantively verified in a memo draftedby Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Commander James Miller. In this memo,Miller states that the deputies did threaten to arrest Stern if he touched anyof the records, and that he (Miller) held one of the records out in front ofStern, saying "take it", to create a pretense to arrest Stern. Milleralso reported that the situation escalated into a standoff with the PhoenixPolice, when they warned him not to attempt to arrest Stern.

 

FOIA requests to mayor andother officials

 

Insituations where government officials have been at odds with Arpaio, his officehas used the Freedom ofInformation Act to make broad requests for records of their emailand correspondence. The requests have been targeted against Arizona AttorneyGeneral Terry Goddard, Maricopa County Court Administrator MarcusReinkensmeyer, and most recently, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.

 

Startingin March, 2008, Gordon spoke out, in a number of high-profile speeches, againstracial profiling by Arpaio. On April 24, Arpaio's deputies issued apublic-records request seeking the mayor's e-mails, cell phone records, andmeeting calendar, as well as e-mail correspondence for Phoenix Police ChiefJack Harris, City Manager Frank Fairbanks, and all of Gordon's administrativestaff. The request covered every e-mail written by more than a dozen Phoenix staffers, fromNovember to the date of the sheriff's demand.

 

Arrestsof critics

 

At a December 17, 2008 meeting,four audience members at a County Board of Supervisorsmeeting were arrested for suspicion of disorderly conduct and trespassing,after they applauded an anti-Arpaio speaker. These four have been found notguilty by a superior court judge

  

Coz
Coz

The truth just continues to expose Bozo Joe and his Goons forthe corruption they all represent.

We all know its just driving them crazy since they cant stop it or do anythingabout the truth from being told.

 

About time.

The real history of Bozo Joke Arpaio....

Start here: http://www.phoenixnewtimes....

MAJOR PHOENIX NEW TIMES ARTICLES ON JOE ARPAIO (SEE "SHERIFF JOEARCHIVE" FOR A COMPLETE LIST)

1. OVERVIEW

The following articles sample the range of law enforcement abuses underMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution Jailers Show a Paraplegic Who's Boss The Cost of Cruelty Barbarism as a Public Relations Strategy Human Plights Enemies List Boob's Tube Head on a Skewer In the Crosshairs Murder on Madison: The Norberg Remix Jailhouse Blues Inhumanity Has a Price Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Jails Lose National Accreditation Brown Out Are Your Papers in Order? NOPE to Janet Napolitano

2. "TARGET PRACTICE" SERIES Maricopa Countylaw enforcement violated the constitutional rights of this newspaper's readersin October 2007. Using secret grand jury subpoenas, County Attorney AndrewThomas sought records that would reveal the identity of anyone who'd looked atNew Times online in the previous four years. When the papers leaders revealedthe grand jury probe in a cover story, sheriff's deputies arrested them.

Our investigation has made one thing clear: Maricopa County'ssheriff has a vivid history of ignoring the Constitution and the Bill ofRights.

Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution Who's Sorry Now? He Just Doesn't Get It Wilenchik's a Liar, and There's More Extraordinary Contempt Enemies List Siege Mentality Power Play Information Blockade Inmates' Rights Lawsuit Languishes Inhumanity Has a Price Flushing Them Out Money Shot Alien Nation

3. HATE GROUPS/NATIVIST EXTREMISTS

Only one state in Americahas more active hate groups than Arizona,according to The Southern Poverty Law Center. Members of these organizationsplay a prominent role in the anti-immigrant movement. Sheriff Joe Arpaio hasspoken at their meetings, received their applause, accepted their awards, andlaunched one "crime supression sweep" of Hispanics at their behest.

Feathered (inappropriate term): Triumph of the Swill Jarrett and Goliath King of Pain Feathered (inappropriate term): Rusty Childress Embraces a Neo-Nazi Rusty's World Bloody Christmas at Pruitt's The Bird: Resident Evil Arpaio and the Minuteman Sheriff Joe's Easter Ethnic Cleansing Another Neo-Nazi in the Nativist Woodpile

4. IMMIGRATION

Arizona, thebirthplace of Cesar Chavez, is the focus of a renegade effort to sweep Mexicansoff of American streets and deport them back across the border.

Brown Out Are Your Papers in Order? The Bird: Police State The Bird: Bad Break The Bird: No Holds Barred Arpaio's Circus Comes to Buckeye Arpaio's Thugs Menace Press Conference Arpaio Profiles StreetVendors Columbus D-Day

5. INVESTIGATING CRITICS

Sheriff Joe Arpaio routinely unleashes his deputies to investigate critics. Histargets have included judges, civil rights workers, journalists, and rivalpoliticians.

Enemies List The Trial False Positive America's Toughest Suspects Insider Account Blowing His Cool Trick or Threat Goon Squad Information Blockade Free Ray Stern Boob's Tube Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution Who's Sorry Now? Talk About Intimidation

6. EVIDENCE DESTROYED, SUPPRESSED, AND OBSCURED

In an ongoing probe, New Times examines how the Sheriff's Office has destroyed,altered, and withheld incriminating evidence in numerous cases involvingheinous brutality by deputies and jailers.

The Trial False Positive Gag of an Order Jail Bait Jailhouse Justice Sanitized for Joe's Protection Sheriff's Cover-up? Fed Up Tweaking the Truth Dead Again Hart v. Arpaio Another Jail Death Torture Chamber Lies and Videotape Public Pays in Jail Death

7. BARBARISM IN THE JAIL

Though repeatedly investigated by the courts, the Justice Department -- evenAmnesty International -- the corpses continue to accumulate in Sheriff Arpaio'sjail.

The Shocking Details on Juan Mendoza Farias Stillborn: Babies Are Dying in Arpaio's Jails Jails Lose National Accreditation Dead Again Hart v. Arpaio Awaits Verdict Inhumanity Has a Price The Cost of Cruelty Assisted Suicide Turning Up the Heat Jailhouse Justice Jail Bait 109 Degrees of Incarceration Murder on Madison: The Norberg Remix Tweaking the Truth Fed Up Sheriff's Cover-up? Keeping 'Em in Stitches A Hoss-Style Witness Jailers Show a Paraplegic Who's Boss Barbarism as a Public Relations Strategy Sanitized for Joe's Protection Tent City Beating Is Nearly Fatal Jailhouse Blues Gulag-Rolling Hog-Tied by the Truth U.S. Lawsuit Re-Alleges Abuse in Jails Human Plights Hangin' with Sheriff Joe Feds Probe Alleged Abuse in County Jail

Now please tell me again how Bozo Joke and his Goons are upholding the law ?

 

Lets not for get about this one either.

 

http://www.eastvalleytribune.c... 

Coz
Coz

Arpaio's probe of panel stirs questions

Sherifftargets agency at odds with his donor

Yvonne Wingettand JJ HensleyThe Arizona RepublicJun. 26, 2008 12:00 AM

MaricopaCounty Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office has launched an investigation into the stateDepartment of Racing, which has been investigating the business dealings of anArpaio campaign fundraiser.

It is the third time in six months that Arpaio's office has pursuedinvestigations into public officials or agencies that have been at odds withhim or his policies, but it appears to be the first in which his office hastargeted an agency that is at odds with a key financial contributor.

Arpaio's office is seeking to determine whether the Racing Department brokeprocurement laws by hiring two people to investigate Turf Paradise racetrackowner Jerry Simms, an Arpaio supporter who has had long-running disputes withthe department. Sheriff's officials also are looking into whether it was legalfor the department to bill Turf Paradise $61,000 for costs related to thetrack's operating permit.

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Simms declined to comment and referred calls to his attorney, Gerald Alston,who said he asked Arpaio to investigate after being turned down by two otherstate agencies.

Arpaio said that the inquiry is justified and that his office is not givingspecial treatment to a campaign contributor, though he did not know details ofthe investigation.

"No one is going to buy me and try to get special attention because theygave me money," he said. "We have a lot of investigations going oninvolving possible corruption."

However, government experts say such an investigation involving a campaigncontributor creates an appearance of conflict that public officials should tryto avoid.

"Clearly, there's an appearance of impropriety there," said GrantWoods, a lawyer and former Arizona attorney general who did not know thespecifics the investigation. "That doesn't necessarily mean anything, butyou always want to avoid that because that lessens public confidence in yourinvestigation. You could have somebody else investigate it; there's lots ofother options. There's sheriff's departments from all over the state."

Arpaio's relationship with a donor typically would have caused the Sheriff'sOffice to step aside and send the case to another jurisdiction to maintain theintegrity of the investigation, said Steve Carpinelli, a spokesman for theWashington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity. Local expert Tim Delaneyagreed.

"It doesn't pass the smell test," said Delaney, founder of the Centerfor Leadership, Ethics & Public Service, a Phoenix think tank. "If youhave other agencies within the appropriate jurisdiction looking into this andsigning off (that no problems were found), for any local official to elbow in .. . when a direct beneficiary of this would be one of the sheriff's keyfundraisers, it does raise my eyebrows."

Atip is received

Capt.Paul Chagolla, a sheriff's spokesman, said the investigation came after acredible tip from Alston, which indicated that the Racing Department was"inappropriately holding up matters involving Turf Paradisebusiness."

Chagolla also said the Sheriff's Office is obligated to look into anyallegations of corruption. Asked why the Sheriff's Office decided to take theinvestigation after two other agencies had passed, Chagolla said, "I canonly reiterate what I already said: Once the allegation was brought to theSheriff's Office, we were obligated to take a look at it. We are an independentagency."

The state Auditor General's Office and the Department of Administration lookedinto the hiring process for the two investigators and approved it. Records showthat each agency found no grounds for an investigation because the RacingDepartment had followed state procurement codes.

Still, Alston disagreed and took the matter to the state Attorney General'sOffice, which could not investigate the case because its attorneys representthe Racing Department.

Alston said he still believed the Turf Paradise matter wasn't getting theattention it deserved, so he went to the Sheriff's Office.

"They were my last resort; they weren't my first resort," Alston saidof Arpaio's investigators. "I'm not privy to whatever relationship Mr.Simms might have with the sheriff."

Donations,investigations

Simms,his family members and people connected to the racetrack donated more than$4,000 to Arpaio's re-election campaign, according to the most recent filingswith the Maricopa County Recorder's Office. Simms hosted a fundraiser forArpaio, he told The Republic in a previous interview, and according tothe filings, he gave the sheriff $370, close to the $390 maximum allowed bylaw, during the first filing period.

Several other Simms family members and Turf Paradise officials contributed the maximum$390. Arpaio received a total of about $300,000 in donations from all hiscontributors during the first campaign-filing period. Records show that Alstonalso contributed $390 to Arpaio's campaign.

The Racing Department inquiry is just one of several investigations Arpaio haslaunched into other government agencies.

One focuses on Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon's allegations of racial profiling bythe Sheriff's Office. Two weeks ago, deputies scanned more than 10,000 pagesfrom the Mayor's Office through a public-records request.

A second investigation centers on internal communications of Superior Courtjudges and staff related to a dispute over whether Arpaio could limitjail-visitation hours in an attempt to cut costs.

Sheriff's officials said all the investigations are in the early stages. In thepast, Arpaio has announced high-profile investigations of Arizona AttorneyGeneral Terry Goddard and the Maricopa Community Colleges. So far, neither hasresulted in any action.

Racinginvestigation

TheRacing Department and Simms have had a string of conflicts since Simms boughtthe track at 19th Avenue and Bell Road, along with 277 acres, for $53 millionabout eight years ago. In 2001, the department refused to renew Simms' licensepartly based on allegations related to his history of improper dealings with aCalifornia lawmaker and a California regulatory official. Simms appealed, andthe department issued a license.

In spring 2007, the Racing Department launched an investigation into TurfParadise's bookkeeping office, which serves as a bank for people who dobusiness at the track.

The investigation started after racing officials got a reliable tip about"financial inconsistencies," said Racing Department Director GeoffreyGonsher, who would not elaborate on the ongoing inquiry.

Also last year, Simms' license came up for renewal. It was the first time hehad been through the more rigorous application process that was put into placeafter Gonsher took over the department five years ago.

The agency and Turf Paradise had a lingering dispute from a permit-renewalprocess in 2006. Then, the department hired Linda Bergevin, a forensicinvestigator and former Racing Department special-investigations manager, andLawrence Field, a certified public accountant, to review Simms' background andthe racetrack's property, operations and finances.

Racing officials asked the state Administration Department for permission tocontract with the two without advertising the jobs to others, a process that isfairly common among government agencies. Each was knowledgeable about TurfParadise, according to procurement records, and it could have cost more timeand money to hire people who didn't have that background.

The work by Bergevin and Field came to about $61,000, which the RacingDepartment asked Turf Paradise to reimburse, a policy the departmentimplemented years ago. Turf Paradise refused, saying the track had been treatedunfairly, records showed.

Alston sent letters to the state auditor general and the governor's attorney,saying Gonsher may have broken state procurement laws by hiring Bergevin andField without publicly advertising the jobs. Alston also questioned thelegality of Gonsher instructing Turf Paradise to pay the investigatorsdirectly. Turf Paradise sued the state over the fees in August. The case ispending.

In September, the Racing Department gave Simms a "conditionalapproval" of a license, despite ongoing regulatory issues. The licenseallowed Turf Paradise to remain open but required officials immediately tocomply with several health and safety regulations. Many of those issues havenot been fixed, Gonsher said. Shortly after, Turf Paradise paid the disputed$61,000.

Problems surfaced again earlier this year when the Racing Department revokedlicenses of more than 100 immigrants working as grooms and exercisers at TurfParadise who could not prove legal status.

On March 25, two sheriff's deputies hand-delivered a public-records request toGonsher asking for documents related to the process used to hire Bergevin andField, according to records obtained by The Republic.

Alston, Simms' attorney, said he believes Gonsher was holding Turf Paradise tostandards higher than other businesses.

"In general, in all the time that he was there, we saw very littleevidence that he was interested in promoting Thoroughbred racing or in helpingTurf Paradise be successful," Alston said. "In all the time he's beenthere, it's been a running battle ... and we've never been cited with one thing."

Gonsher's job as director of the Racing Department is to regulate racingbusinesses. The department licenses about 10,000 people who work in theindustry, from grooms to trainers to office executives.

Gonsher, who plans to retire in July, said Turf Paradise has always beentreated fairly and, over the years, has been cited for numerous safety andproperty issues by Phoenix and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

In a motion to dismiss Turf Paradise's claim against the Racing Department, theAttorney General's Office supported the department's payment procedures. TheAdministration Department also approved the hiring process.

Late last month, the Racing Department's findings were forwarded to the stateDepartment of Financial Institutions and the Attorney General's Office for themto determine if laws were broken. Officials with both agencies declined tocomment, citing attorney-client privilege.

 

Donations to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 2008 re-election campaignfrom Turf Paradise employees and affiliated parties through Jan. 1.

Jerry Simms, $370, owner, Turf Paradise.

Ronald Simms, $370, businessman.

Josh Simms, $390, investments.

Victoria Simms, $390, Simms Commercial Development.

Ronald A. Simms, $390, Simms Commercial Development.

Eugene T. Joyce, $390, management, Turf Paradise.

Karen Joyce, $390, housewife.

Gerald W. Alston, $390, attorney, Turf Paradise.

Serena Bjurlin, $380, Turf Paradise.

Kathy Packer, $100, bookkeeper, Turf Paradise.

Thomas F. Metzen, $100, former director, Horsemen's Benevolence &Protective Association.

David W. Johnson, $100, vice president, Turf Paradise.

Martin Chakour, $100, chief financial officer, Turf Racing.

John P. Mullen, $100, supervisor, Turf Paradise.

Jesse J. Gerdus, $50, accountant, Turf Paradise.

Shawn S. Swartz, $50, racing secretary, Turf Paradise.

Leanda Huff, $30, assistant bookkeeper, Turf Paradise.

Source: Maricopa County Recorder 

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

It seems clear from all the discussion here that the common denominator here is Arpaio.  Arpaio is the problem with MCSO and he refuses to admit it.  Just last month he went on record as saing he was "duped" by his Chief Deputy David Hendershott and claimed not to know what Hendershott was really up to.  We can't afford an elected official who turned the keys and the checkbook over to a character with no moral compass and no ethics.  But that's exactly what Arpaio did and we are all paying for it....all of the residents and taxpayers.  And we will pay and pay for years to come for the incompetence of Joe Arpaio.  Let's work towards change and move out of the dark ages here.  Seems to me that a lot of people here have an interest in seeing things get better...so let's do it and reform the MCSO.  If Stauffer is willing to take on the task of reforming this agency, my hat is off to him.  He certainly will have a challenge on his hands but he also has some new perspective that is desperately needed.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Imagine, for the slightest moment, being able to say the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, is a professional who willingly complies with all laws and the Constitution of the United States, AND is willing to work WITH all county, state, and federal agencies to make our county a better place to live, work, and play.

This will only happen in November, 2012, when someone other than the Flaccid Fool of MCSO is elected and takes office in January of 2013,

Or should something happen that removes him from office before that time.

West K
West K

It’s been absolutely delightful to follow the responses on James King’s article / interview with Police Lt. Mike Stauffer. It is also very reassuring to know that if the responders were voting for a sheriff today, Lt. Stauffer would be victorious, thank you.

I decided to jump in as I love good debate which is the exact reason I’m the campaign manger to Lt. Stauffer. I’m biased, but a man with 28 years of experience in all facets of law enforcement, still on the ground, on the road, making arrests, is no doubt a man with great fortitude and the only one leading by example in this race.

The necessity to respond is several. First the post by “Guest” is indeed unfortunate in numerous areas. “Guest,” you take issue with Lt. Stauffer “using” the word “guard,” yes? Well, at that rate we are due for a punctuation and grammar lesson. Here is the exact quote from the article. "That place needs to be secured," he says. "I'd put a lot more [guards] and create good perimeter security. “Guest,” if you take careful notice, you will see James King puts the word “guards”  in brackets [ ] not quotes “”. Brackets are not quotation marks “” as you imply in your response seen here: “...you are apparently comfortable referring to trained and skilled Detention Officers as "guards"...”

Brackets indicate the writer has added a word or words to make a sentence or explanation make better sense to the reader. Lt. Stauffer never used the word “guards” which is why James King put it in [ ], not “”. The author in this case used that word or phrase to help the reader since, Lt. Stauffer left the title of the position out of the response altogether. I hope that helps.

Secondly, it is extremely important to do research, which the New Times does very well, before you make unfounded comments. Contrary to your statement, “...completely disrespecting the hard work done by men and women employed by the agency...”  “Guest,” I’m confused take a look at the following, just one brief example from Lt. Stauffer’s Facebook page, “It is time for a leader who will put the needs of the community, the organization and the employees first. It’s time to stop using employees for political grandstanding. It’s time to give real attention to employees’ needs. It’s time to listen to the employees of MCSO.” - July 27, 2011.

Third and final, you state in part, ... “why would you admit that you agree inmates should be forced to work (as they already are)...” Forgive me, I’m mystified yet again, as there are countless articles, photos, first hand accounts from inmates and officers alike, who state that the inmates lay around most of the time. 

I trust you are a D.O. and not part of the PIO, as your claims have certainly done more harm to the already crumbling command of the MCSO. But this too is good to know as it gives further insight to just how inadequately the MCSO is being run.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

It is very difficult to take a candidate seriously when he is obviously not "all in." Stauffer maintaining his job at Scottsdale shows me he lacks conviction; either to his current assignment with the citizens of Scottsdale, or his determination to be the sheriff of this great County. It is all or none. He shows a lack of true leadership, respect for the office, and his comments to King reference the jails show a lack of respect for those he hopes to lead. Your comments as his "campaign manger" show a furtherance of his ineptitude. The last paragraph in your comments is truly appalling. To infer that somehow the person who pointed outthatusing the term [guard] when referring to detention officers was offensive, was a PIO working to defame your candidate was absurd. Their points were valid and a professional campaign manager would have shown more poise and respect To a potential voter. Becoming argumentative and defensive shows me one thing for sure; Stauffers choice of leadership will not be any different than what we are currently functioning under. Who Stauffer chooses to surround himself with is as important, and telling, of his ability to lead, to repair, to mend.  So far I've seen obvious mistakes made by his campaign manager in alienating entire groups of voters, worse yet, potential employees, by his flippant arrogance on this thread.  Another perplexing move is his allegance to Dirty.com playboy Ben Quayle. 

I yearn for a person who exhibits true leadership and respect for the Office to be the Sheriff of this County.  Stauffer has done nothing to impress me.  His willingness to throw the employees and programs of MCSO immediately under the bus as political fodder is disheartening. 

CommonCents
CommonCents

Agreed. For the love of sweet baby heysoos, can we agree it's time to oust gramps and get in some real cop to be Sheriff? With 40,000 Felony warrants, and the fact that the current chump has cost taxpayers $40,000,000 in stupid law suit payments- it is Way overdue.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

West:   Perhaps you speak with Mike and see about a small town hall and post the details.  I most certainly would love to come,  and it sounds like there is plenty  of interest in the upcoming election.  My guess is that plenty of folks want to hear what Mike has to say

Coz
Coz

Bozo Joe either knew exactly what was going on or is a senile as it gets.Either way it's time for him to go.He has long outlived his usefulness.

CommonCents
CommonCents

It is dreamy. Seems like the problem is that the old people in Sun City think that the 'Toughest Sheriff" bullshit is true, and it's not. I agree with this Lt., there is no good reason to shit on the inmates at MCSO, when they will be out in the near future. If you want to cut perks and comfort items, do if for the guys who are in PRISON and doing hard time. They don't need the extra services.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Where'd you go West K? I thought you enjoyed debate? You've got a tough job. You can't afford to alienate even one voter if Stauffer is to be successful in unseating the juggernaut that is Arpaio. Your pompous attitude and remarks were a real turnoff. I knew we wouldn't be hearing from you again.

Guest
Guest

"Contrary to your statement, “...completely disrespecting the hard work done by men and women employed by the agency...”  “Guest,” I’m confused take a look at the following, just one brief example from Lt. Stauffer’s Facebook page, “It is time for a leader who will put the needs of the community, the organization and the employees first. It’s time to stop using employees for political grandstanding. It’s time to give real attention to employees’ needs. It’s time to listen to the employees of MCSO.” - July 27, 2011."

Wow, excellent job. You pasted some touchy-feelgood quote from your candidate's Facebook page. Facebook dictates reality now? How about addressing what he said in the article, which is completely contrary to the above claims?

"Third and final, you state in part, ... “why would you admit that you agree inmates should be forced to work (as they already are)...” Forgive me, I’m mystified yet again, as there are countless articles, photos, first hand accounts from inmates and officers alike, who state that the inmates lay around most of the time."

You spend a lot of time mystified. Life must be hard for you. I'm not sure you know this, but how many hours per day do you think working inmates spend at their job assignments, working? And how many hours are there in a day? I'll let you crunch the numbers.

I'm not surprised at the way you responded to my comments, yet I'm disheartened that you, apparently a campaign manager, couldn't be assed to take the time to pretend that your candidate does recognize the good work done by DO's, religious and program volunteers. I'm a voter, too- an undecided one, at that. You are making my decision significantly easier.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

It is very difficult to take a candidate seriously when he is obviously not "all in." Stauffer maintaining his job at Scottsdale shows me he lacks conviction; either to his current assignment with the citizens of Scottsdale, or his determination to be the sheriff of this great County. It is all or none. He shows a lack of true leadership, respect for the office, and his comments to King reference the jails show a lack of respect for those he hopes to lead.

Your comments as his "campaign manger" show a furtherance of his ineptitude. The last paragraph in your comments is truly appalling. To infer that somehow the person who pointed outthatusing the term [guard] when referring to detention officers was offensive, was a PIO working to defame your candidate was absurd. Their points were valid and a professionalcampaign manager would have shown more poise respect To a potential voter. Becoming argumentative and defensive shows me one thing for sure; Stauffers choice of leadership will not be any different than what we are currently functioning under.

I doubt very seriously that you will be allowed to make any further comments so good day to you West and good luck keeping your job.

helentroy4
helentroy4

Best of luck in your endeavor to unseat Arpaio.

As you well know, there will be a disinformation campaign that will be designed to either intimidate or confuse a lot of primary voters. And it might just get uglier than it was for other candidates who tried to win against Arpaio. I'm sure Lt. Stauffer is well aware of these things.

What I think is a very iimportant point that is so necessary to hammer home prior to the primary is that, as has been cleared up here, that people registered as Republicans and Independents will be able to vote in the primary. It's those Independents who will make the difference. I think that a major part of your campaign is to work over and over and over to inform the public of this so they know exactly what to do during the primary voting.

Somehow, and you can bet on this one, disinformation will be spread and a lot of work will be done to make the primary voting procedure confusing. So be clear with the voters. Let them know exactly what they have to do if they wish to vote for Lt. Stauffer. Primaries are often ignored by the voters and Arpaio's machine will be working triple time to get people to ignore it.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

You come off as a pompous asshole and have further alienated the men and women of MCSO. We are certainly in need of change and have been in need of it for years. Stauffer, unfortunately, is no better than the weak candidates of the past. Dan Saban was a formidable opponent in 2004, and Stauffer pales in comparison. He certainly has made an error in judgement by giving you the nod as his campaign "manger."

Guest
Guest

All you've done is counter my opinions, which are based on firsthand experience, with your opinions, which are based on the Phoenix New Times.

West K
West K

FormerRepublican, Thanks for the comment. I initially thought it might be a bit premature for town hall events, but after seeing the surge in support and interest for Lt. Stauffer. Perhaps I will set something up for September. I will not be posting further on this blog but will be posting the details on Lt. Stauffer's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Mike4Sheriff and his website, www.votestauffer.com. Thanks again for all your support here.

Coz
Coz

We'll be hearing plenty, you won't though.

Coz
Coz

West is anything but a pompous asshole, this I know for sure after a long personal conversation with him.

You on the other hand, as usual, don't have a clue what you're talking about.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Guest:  I also have first hand knowledge of what goes on at MCSO, and I disagree completely with you experiences..  I've seen DO's that are professional and many that are not.  One only has to think back to Adam Stoddard as an example of an untrained, immature and potentially harmful employee.  Then take a look at David Hendershott, Joel Fox, Larry Black and some other higher ranking (formerly) employees of MCSO who have been allowed to behave in such a fashion that it rises to a level of criminal misconduct.So please don't think you're dealing with the general public that buys that MCSO is largely full of well trained and above-board folks.  While that is true in some instances, it certainly has not been what MCSO has fostered under Arpaio.

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Yourproductsucks

So your vote to unseat arpaio is more important than mine?

That is an interesting approach.

Coz
Coz

Thanks.They're day is coming, it's just a matter of time and judgment day is getting closer at hand.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Coz:  These clowns posting on behalf of MCSO haven't a clue in the world what they are talking about.  They sound like desperate wimps hoping to keep change from  happening in an environment that is screaming for change.  You were mistreated by MCSO and all of us who have read your case file are on your side. 

Coz
Coz

You bet he knows about everything.

How the only felony I have been convicted of is a discharge of a firearm at a non residential structure. Deemed non dangerous and non repetitive. Civil rights restored by the court.

He knows how you Goons tried to set up up with a phony drug test.

He knows Maricopa County settle my civil suit in Federal court against you Bozo's at MCSO.

He knows a listening device was planted in my house during a search warrant you Goons that you Goons put there.

He knows you Goons tapped my phone.

He knows you illegally took my DeTomaso Pantera, which was returned to me by US Customs.

Yea, he sure does know what low life lying snakes you Goons are from MCSO.

Guest
Guest

 He had a long personal conversation with you? Was he aware of to whom he was speaking? How many felonies do you have again?

Coz
Coz

Yes, have talked to them.

Jason
Jason

Have you talked to the U.S. Attorney about your case? This info needs to be passed on to the prosecutor handling the GJ,

I think I mentioned in another blog post some time ago that Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Hernandez is the one handling the GJ

Here's the number to reach her : (602) 514-7500 

Coz
Coz

Then you and your fellow Goons are the only one's that see it that way. Good work for Maricopa County, hahahaha....If you consider costing the people in Maricopa County 50+ million dollars in civil suit settlements good work, you are truly nuts.

Guest
Guest

...That doesn't even make sense in this setting. If it were, say, a grocery store, or some other obviously non-vital organization, I would say, yes, I agree. But in this case... You know what, it's not even worth arguing with you. I know I live and work with honesty and integrity and I'm a good person. So here's a deal: I'll keep on working hard and doing good for the people of Maricopa County; you keep on talking smack and promoting vitriolic hate speech. Deal? Deal.

Coz
Coz

You lay down with dogs, you get fleas.Anyone with an once of respect for themselves or the law would not work for such a corrupt organization as MCSO is.

Coz
Coz

There are many proven examples of Bozo Joe command staff being promoted for doing Bozo Joe's dirty work and hiding MCSO's corruption throughout the years.

Brant was just one of many.

Coz
Coz

Yes, I sued in Federal Court and Maricopa County settled the case before he was given to the jury.

I was also given back my Pantera by US Customs the MCSO Goons tried to steal from me without warrant and due process.

Guest
Guest

I hear you. And you know what, I agree. There are obviously scads of people- in this organization and countless other law enforcement organizations in AZ- who don't deserve the honor of wearing a badge and hopefully they will continue to be wiped out.

HOW-freaking-EVER. I don't particularly appreciate the New Times' and Stauffers' apparent inclination to paint everybody working for MCSO with the same brush. It's incredibly unfair to completely discount hundreds or thousands of hardworking, honest, good-hearted individuals who live and work with integrity, simply because of whose name is painted on the building at which they work. An elected official, no less.

My dear FormerRepublican. I would ask you to remember, as much as it may pain your angry little heart to do so, that good deeds rarely make the news. Hardworking people who got in to this line of work to help others are out there, and have not lost sight of their aim, despite all the bullshit. There ARE those who see to it that they are well trained, live their entire lives above-board, do the best job they can, and genuinely give a crap about other human beings. Those people have not earned the hatred the general public, Phoenix New Times, and Stauffer are all too eager to flounce around.

helentroy4
helentroy4

Coz: after seeing you post here over the years and reading about the phony drug test, I did my 'homework' to learn more about your case.

After reading what happened to you, I've often told other people about what happened. They always wanted to know what actions were taken against Brant. I did NOT know he was promoted to sergeant!?! Most people I know figured that someone who did that would be behind bars. I've used your example as just one of the egregious tactics used against people by Arpaio and his goons when they start with the "toughest sheriff' crap that his PR machine puts out to the rest of the country. And all the millions he's cost the taxpayers. People usually tell me I am full of shit that that could have happened to you. Now, if I have to listen to crap about his from out of staters, I can add that insult to injury part of your story.

Did you ever sue them? I can't remember reading about that. I hope to hell you did.

Coz
Coz

One is too many.

Coz
Coz

Not to mention the Goon Brant that tried to set me up with a phony drug test who was promoted to Sgt soon after.

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Yourproductsucks

You named 4 people. Four out of over 6,000. I don't think four, or fourty, or four hundred are a good representation of over 6k.

Stoddard is a stand up individual who made an error in judgement which he paid for dearly.

It would be equally inappropriate to measure your intellect based on the halfwitted bullshit you've posted today.

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