Arpaio's Boys in Beige Say Sayonara to ICE Authority in Overly Dramatic Badge-Piling Ceremony

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James King
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio looks on as his detention officers kiss their ICE authority goodbye.
It's official: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detention officers no longer have the authority to act as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in MCSO jails -- as was announced during an overly dramatic badge-piling ceremony at the sheriff's training facility this afternoon.

That's right, rather than simply collecting the detention officers' ICE badges, throwing them into a box, and sending them back to ICE, Sheriff Joe Arpaio alerted the media so they could watch his DOs walk single-file past a desk and drop their individual badges into a pile...as the cameras of Phoenix's Fourth Estate rolled.

Arpaio says 92 of his detention officers have officially been stripped of their 287(g) authority and will no longer check the immigration statuses of people brought into MCSO jails -- per the request of Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano.

As you probably know, Napolitano stripped Arpaio's boys in beige of their ICE authority following a scathing report from the Department of Justice that alleges the MCSO is guilty of the worst racial-profiling practices in U.S. history.

"It's a slap in the face," Arpaio says of Napolitano's decision to revoke his officers' authority.

After stripping MCSO officers of their 287(g) authority, ICE vowed to send 50 federal agents to Arpaio's jails to do the job MCSO detention officers have been doing since 2007. According to the sheriff, he only knows of one federal agent who's currently at the jails screening for illegal immigrants.

"We'll see how long it takes 'em to get 50 [ICE agents] across the country," he grumbles. "I'll be watching."

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James King
Now that's drama.
Since his officers had their 287(g) authority stripped, Arpaio says the lone ICE agent responsible for screening for illegal immigrants has only identified three illegal immigrants since Thursday, when Naploitano revoked the MCSO's ICE authority. When the sheriff's officers were running the show, they identified an average of 15.5 per day, according to the sheriff.

"[The feds] made statements that they're not going to pick up illegal aliens on the streets [who are arrested for minor crimes]," Arpaio says. "I get the impression that [the feds don't want to deport illegal immigrants arrested for a minor crime]. I think that's going into the amnesty type situation.

"We'll see how it works when we come across someone in a traffic stop and it's a minor crime...and we call ICE. Are they gonna come out and pick them up, like they have done in the past? Or are they gonna say 'sheriff, we don't have the time...let 'em go?'"

As for the DOJ's ultimatum that Arpaio decide whether he plans to cooperate with the feds by January 4, the sheriff says he has every intention of cooperating, and that he'll probably "listen to them for 60 days."

If he doesn't like what the DOJ has to say during that 60-day period, however, he says he's prepared to take on the federal government in court (the DOJ has threatened to file a lawsuit if Arpaio refuses to make the changes they request).



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Brock Dakiller
Brock Dakiller

Good for Sheriff Joe. Piss on the Illegals and the Nanny-State Feds.

SDliberal
SDliberal

Shoot him.  Drag the worthless bastard into the street, beat him to within an inch of his life, shoot him in the back of the head, and hang his body out for the rest of the right wing to see.  Attacks on citizens of this country are treason, and there is only one punishment for treason.

Roy R Reyer
Roy R Reyer

Wish NT or someone else dig a little deeper into this story and speak to some of the officers that were ordered to attend this media circus.

I had spoken to a number of them and they were PISSED that they were ORDERED to come in even if it was their day off or if they were on vacation, causing a few of them to cancel plans they had with their families.

Also this media event left the jails BELOW staffing and OT was paid to others to fill in or stay over.

Media events or "Joe Shows" such as this come before real law enforcement as always been the case with Arpaio and his handlers!

guest
guest

The man must be PT Barnum reincarnate.  To turn this into a horse and pony show. Making the Officers under him his pawns in HIS act of shame.  Does it never end? Sad state of affairs we find ourselves locally and Nationally.

scratchinman
scratchinman

What's next for Sheriff Greaseball?....hold his breath until breath until he gets his way?...Although greaseball looks like a geriatric scrotum his real age is about five.

Marcy
Marcy

Detention officers are one step above your run-of-the-mill mall security guards.

Not very bright and poorly trained so it's no surprise that they can't handle stressful situations and end up murdering inmates.

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

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david saint
david saint

im wondering which ones killed that former soldier? Q&A with them would have been nice...

Bkochandco
Bkochandco

This was a long time coming and WELL deserved.  Abuse your power and lose it!

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Didn't Arpaio heartily endorse Napolitano for governor a few years back?  He's not a very good judge of character, is he? 

None
None

Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!!

Apologies to Mel Brooks.

tom
tom

This is the kind of behavior that the old fat fuck promotes at the mentally challenged sheriffs office. It's pretty easy to see why there is no time for real police work but then again mcso is no a real law enforcement agency. The hog and pony show is soooooo old.

rick the prick
rick the prick

look like a bunch of fucking idiots. Those glorified buttholes don't deserve to be immigration officers.

None
None

So how much did this cost the county? 92 officers x hourly wage x hours waiting for thier walkthrough. And who was watching the shop while this media event was going on.

Check
Check

Arpaio is slipping.  He should have deployed Plan P (.hold cute puppy).    He would have received much more postive media attention, if he held a puppy... and informed the media that puppies are going to suffer as a result of his authority being taken away.  "you know they eat them" 

Vic
Vic

I really wish that the media would stop bringing cameras to Joe's little ego fests.  Report butno video, not photos, see how long his crazy out of control ego can handle it.  Maybe he would even stage less of this nonsense.  Don't enable him so much.

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Sheriff Arpaio shame on you even if the man in custody was being abusive or combative that is not a reason to beat him or take his life.Sheriff Arpaio you are the one responsible for these atrocity's perpetrated on Arizona Citizens by your jail staff. I ask you sheriff Joe Arpaio what ever happened to the i am the sheriff and i make the decisions in my Sheriff office you and your staff have blood on your hands. You need to resign today sheriff Arpaio.

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

It's like talking to the wall with this Sheriff Joe Arpaio supporters and Enablers.There fear and hate blinds them to the atrocities that this sheriff & his goons have perpetrated on our fellow Arizonans.It's a shame that our very own state governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona state senate leadership have not come out and denounce this criminal sheriff joe Arpaio and yes criminal is the correct word to use to describe sheriff joe Arpaio.Sheriff Arpaio is the #1 man in charge how can this outrages and sever abuse and even death cases be ignored by sheriff Arpaio.I am not only talking about illegals being abused and killed I am talking about Arizona citizens that have the misfortune of ending up in one of Sheriff joes Jails.Open your eyes people i sincerely hope that you or one of your love one's never have to set foot in one of Sheriif joes Arpaio jails because that will be the day that you will find out that you were wrong.

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

“…the next time you’re down in Washington, D.C.,Senator John McCain and Senator Jon Kyl and go to the Vietnam War Memorial and look at the names engraved in black granite, you’ll find a whole lot of Hispanic names…who loved this country so much that they were willing to risk or lose their lives in their service to our country…remember that these are God’s children…” – Senator John McCain,Senator Jon Kyl please take a real stance and condemn sheriff Joe Arpaio's Atrocities. thank you. Jess

OnlyinArizona
OnlyinArizona

Not to worry, Arpaio.  You have detention officers apparently getting their toes shot off while they are acting as "drug experts" during Holiday DUI Task Forces.

SINCE WHEN are any of your Detention Officers considered drug experts?  How many of them are qualified and have testified as experts in court during a drug charge trial?  Doesn't this amount to a HUGE waste of time and money?  I'd like to see his credentials as an "expert" just like I'd like to see the credentials of the 90 some "ICE" Detention Officers you claim are doing "the job".

Based on talk within your own shop, you have a number of P R E T E N D E R S - pretending to be cops and federal agents.  No certifications, no training beyond the Detention Academy (taught by non Post certified Detention Staff) and minimal qualifications.  Just look at some of your "stars" that include the Detention Officer turned sleuth Stoddard, the DO's who were involved in a drug cartel and the Desert Diva Detention Officer.  Now we have to add in the DO Drug expert who gets his toe shot off.

Your standards are incredibly low.  That's not to say there aren't excellent Detention Officers working the system - but to declare a Detention Officer a "drug expert" would get you laughed out of court.

Too bad YOU are not paying your own legal bills.  You'd get a little smarter a lot faster.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I wonder how many of the detention officers had to come in on their time off to perform this joe show? I would venture to guess the vast majority were not there during their normally scheduled hours.

Coz
Coz

Yea, it's a slap in the face to every Maricopa County voter with half a brain your 50+ million dollars in civil suits and millions of untoldl attorney fee's, 100 million of mis-spending, all the lives you and your goons turned upside down, destroyed or flat out killed along the way and the 400+ sexual abuse and rape case you did nothing about as well.

Sheriff Bozo Joe Arpaio, what you are is the most corrupt worthless POS sheriff in the US.

>"It's a slap in the face," Arpaio says

Wanumba
Wanumba

Awww, poor little goons.  They can always go home and kick the dog if they need to get their kicks.

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

Some people will do anything to get attention and to hopefully get ole Johnny and Gladys Hater riled up.  How embarrassing.

Wasillawitch
Wasillawitch

Really, Arpaio called a press conference aka publicity stunt to collect badges?

He's quite the drama queen!

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

This tape hits the media outlets as soon as it made. How about the Atencio tape Joe ? peace

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I'm surprised you would post something like this that is so degrading to people who are working for a living doing the job that you and I may not want to. Detention officers, like any other class or type of employee, have bad actors amongst them.

In this case, however, it's the direction from MCSO administration and command staff that misguides their behavior and fails to take appropriate action against that bad actors who are working as detention officers.

I think the parade of badge droppers was an elementary idea by an elementary sheriff, but I also think most of those detention officers participating were 'encouraged' by jail supervisors to do so. 'Until the sheriff is replaced with a professional, who then cleans house beginning with the command staff, brings in an evaluation team to investigate daily compliance with existing policy and to make needed policy changes, those detention officers will do what they are expected to.

And some of it will be criminal.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Good point, and I would love to be there, with my taser and baton in hand for some Military Justice.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Chad, he just recently endorsed Rick Perry.

That was a death knell for Rick Perry.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

That was a political payoff for not digging into the pink underwear scandal. But you Dems don't like pointing out negativity in your own backyards.

malapai
malapai

That would be the Treasure of the Sierra Madre, juvenile.

malapai
malapai

By all accounts it was not ICE.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

but reasonable people wouldn't buy that BS

Melika0829
Melika0829

AARPio loves his media. Wonder how many times he'll watch the recording of himself for his last interview?

OnlyinArizona
OnlyinArizona

I guess the "Drug Expert" recognizes a Percocet, but doesn't recognize a gun in a waistband.  Maybe Arpaio won't "recall" who made the decision to allow untrained "experts" to assist with felony stops ultimately costing the pension system a boatload of money if he's unable to continue making security walks within the jails.

Maybe he needs to go back to Security Control and keep opening and closing slider doors and leave the "expert" drug recognition to the experts.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I thought it was interesting that one lady D.O. was wearing rubber gloves. I guess she didn't want to transmit cooties with her belated badge...

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Sure it is a slap in the face and it probably stings.  However, it is a slap deserved.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I feel really bad for their wives too.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I don't think you want to hold your breath waiting for that one, RP.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

oh could I bring a friend's stun gun? I know what you are thinking, but still it would be fun to zap their balls a few times to see how much they like being tortured.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Chad is a registered Republican, as I was until two years ago.

david saint
david saint

lol what? if DOJ really wanted to go after Joe, im sure the commissary fund embezzlement would suffice to throw his ass in jail...but you dont want to hear about that do ya? too busy drinking the neo nazi/GOP kool aid..

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

FAIL TROLL go back to troll school, you can't even make a decent argument..

AZMac
AZMac

Can't even get the movie right let alone an argument.

eyeswideopen
eyeswideopen

you're one trick pony comments don't even make sense.  Since when is ICE responsible for these officers duties? 

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

maybe she had it shoved up her ass? just saying?

malapai
malapai

I think she just put down the latest New Times.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

you need to go back to troll school.

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