Joe Arpaio and Pals Call DOJ's Racial-Profiling Investigation Political "Witch Hunt." Sheriff's Resignation: "Never Gonna Happen"

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Jamie Peachey
From left: MCSO Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre, MCSO attorneys Joe Popolizio and John Masterson, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- flanked by two attorneys and MCSO Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre -- held a press conference this afternoon to address the Department of Justice's findings that his office is on the hook for the worst-racial profiling practices in U.S. history.

In short, the four men came to the same conclusion: the DOJ's investigation was a political "witch hunt" carried out to score President Barack Obama votes in the upcoming presidential election.

In fact, during the 35-minute press conference, "witch hunt" was just one of several terms the sheriff and his cronies used to describe the DOJ's investigation, and the timing of the release of the report (Arpaio and his pals described the investigation as a "dog-and-pony show," "political pandering," "a sneak attack," and "a punch in the face").

MacIntyre, at one point, even compared the timing of the report to Pearl Harbor, claiming he and other MCSO officials were stunned that the DOJ decided to drop the hammer this morning.

So is the MCSO guilty of a pattern of racial profiling, as the Justice Department says? Of course not -- according to the sheriff and his buddies.

"When you arrest 50,000 people -- 50,000 people -- [there are bound to be a few complaints]" Arpaio explains. "There is no pattern, and I think that will be proven."

MacIntyre went further, saying every large law enforcement agency has problems.

"Do we have isolated incidents? Yes...every agency is going to make mistakes," he says. "What [the DOJ's report] is focused on is a system-wide scheme, and when you take the handful of examples that the Department of Justice provides, that is not a systemic problem."

Angry during much of the press conference, MacIntyre insisted that the DOJ's 22-page report provides no specific allegations of wrongdoing.

"There are really no specific allegations in [the report]," he claims. "There are generalities, there are claims made by a few people that are unidentified."

About that...

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Jamie Peachey
Joe Arpaio refused to say racial profiling doesn't occur at the MCSO.

​One specific example found within the report (which you can see for yourself here) is that a study commissioned by the DOJ found that "Latino drivers are four-to-nine times more likely to be stopped [by Arpaio's deputies] than similarly situated non-Latino drivers."

For that statistic not to be a pattern of racial profiling (or an implausible coincidence), brown-skinned motorists -- as a whole -- would all have to be four-to-nine times worse at driving than their pale-faced counterparts.

MacIntyre, however, believes the DOJ decided early on that it would exploit any incidents of racial profiling to support its argument that targeting people based on race is common practice at Joe Arpaio's MCSO.

"It was a foregone conclusion what [the DOJ] were gonna find, and they ended up finding it," he says. "Since the late 1600s, and apparently up until today, I think if people have an intention to go on a witch hunt; they always come up with some witches, and that's what this is."

It should also be noted that when asked directly whether he can definitively say racial profiling doesn't happen at the MCSO, Arpaio refused to answer the question -- three times.

The sheriff also responded to Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano's decision to yank the MCSO's 287(g) authority, which allowed the Sheriff's Office to use Immigration and Customs Enforcement resources to identify illegal immigrants brought into its jails.

"The people should be outraged because those people who we've held in our jails are gonna walk out of the jail and be on the streets," the sheriff says. "No, we're not gonna be able to do what we have done where we have investigated everyone coming into our jail."

Well...there's a reason for that.

Another specific violation the DOJ's report outlines is that guards often pressure Latino inmates -- many of whom don't speak English -- to sign voluntary-deportation forms without language assistance. By signing the form, the inmate agrees to be sent back to his or her native country, even if the detainee isn't legally required to leave the United States.

Arpaio says he plans to cooperate with the DOJ, but isn't afraid to take the feds to court if they're not satisfied with any changes he makes in how he enforces the law.

"We're gonna cooperate -- do the best we can," he says. "If [the DOJ's] not happy, I guess they can carry out their threat and go to federal court. And I'll be glad to see them in court -- that's when you can get all the facts out."

Arpaio goes on to say he plans to "continue to enforce all the laws," the DOJ's report be damned.

 He even implied that he plans to hold another of his infamous illegal immigrant roundups -- the source of many of the problems outlined in the DOJ's report -- at some point in coming weeks.

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guest
guest

This man is the epitome of Bad Government in action. Arpaio's blatant disregard for conducting himself in a honorable and just manner. When those in power look after their own greater good.

For years and years he has forfeited conducting himself and his office in a manner of prestige and integrity.

We are the people and we allow this charade to continue on and on. What will it take to release us of our slumber?

When you and your office prioritize any kind of non-violent action above those where people are harmed you have failed in your verbal promise of doing the greater good.

This to any Politician or entity that is in power, and is meant to represent and stand up for the people. Shame on you, because it can only be a matter of time before WE THE PEOPLE have finally had enough!!

Bman
Bman

GO JOE!! GO JOE!!!

Joe is the best!

Gmail User Forever
Gmail User Forever

"By signing the form, the inmate agrees to be sent back to his or her native country..."   Hmmmm.  Did I miss something?

Bobby
Bobby

The people in the picture are American patriots, fighting a tyrannical central governmnet that is clearly open borders and on the side of a foreign entity--Narco States.(mexico), for those too stupid to not have made the connection yet. You know who you are.

Olga Aros
Olga Aros

This time, we as voters, cannot allow Arpaio to get off "using the illegal immigration" excuse for not doing his job in law enforcement.  This is not about immigration, this is about 432 cases that have gone uninvestigated and we have victims, this is about doing your job and serving felony warrants, this is about fiscal management of your department and personnel, this is about operational excellence, leadership, fairness and equal protection under the law.  Do not make this immigration, because that is the "coverup" used to keep Arpaio in the media.  This is about taxpayers paying an experienced law enforcement officer to manage the Sheriff's office and to protect and serve.  There is not defense for what he has done...no excuses...no apologies.  It is what it is and now as voters we have to act!  Let's change the leadership and we will find equal protection under the law and the Constiution of the United States.  That is what we must do since we are responsible for putting Arpaio into office. 

Bobby
Bobby

There's no such thing as an "illegal immigration excuse". Illegal immgration can't be excused.

Jetexas
Jetexas

He, Jan Brewer & other public figures have lied to you and you fell for it like a lot of people.http://www.immigrationpolicy.o... they all want to be stars! They are liars and use immigrants as scapegoats.If immigration can not be excused and theirs is a misdemeanor crime. Why should Joe be excused for felony crimes?

Olga Aros
Olga Aros

Latinos, and now the MCSO, know about "witch" hunts.  We, as a population, have endured the MCSO witch hunts for quite sometime.  MCSO also knows about politics, since they have falsely charged politicians and judges who did not support their "witch hunts".  Innocent American children and women suffered under the watch of Arpaio.  Even if you disagree with the DOJ report, how can anyone, forgive Arpaio or accept his excuses and apologies, when innocent lives were damaged by his lack of investigations.  He is supposed to be the "law enforcement" in this County.  He can not discriminate when it concerns enforcement of our laws and the treatment of people.  Equality under the law is sometimes all we have to protect our Constitutional rights.  When these are violated by those entrusted, the public trust is broken and in order to "fix" it......we as voters must change it!  We have little room to make any other choice.  He violated the rights of American citizens,,,mismanaged law enforcement..put all of our children and women at risk and cost us millions of dollars because of bad decisions..He swore to serve and protect and he has now failed.  What part of the law do you not understand. 

wherewasi
wherewasi

What hypocrisy!  200 Crazy Birthers sign a petition to ask Arpaio to investigate Obama's birth certificate and he jumps right to it and assembles a (LOL!) "cold case posse" to look into it.  Yet almost 3500 people (so far) have signed a petition demanding his resignation and he's not jumping to it quite so fast.  What's wrong with you, Old Man?  Trust me, you'll get FAR MORE MEDIA ATTENTION IF YOU RESIGN than you got over the birth certificate petition.  That's all you really want anyways...

American_pride
American_pride

You go Joe! I got your back! This reeks of DOJ trying to distract from Fast and Furious. Talk about a bunch of assholes who don't know what accountability is!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

as if the Joke, nor the DOJ cares one iota what some little pissant racist such as yourself thinks and or backs...

wherewasi
wherewasi

I'm sure Arpaio is thrilled to know you "have his back".

He'll sleep better tonight!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mr. King, it's not often one sees a photo of a plethora of microphones and the MCSO shurf doesn't have them in front of him.

I think there is a message here.

Even his attorneys don't want him to talk. Not that he can or will accurately 'recall' anything.

Catedarrell
Catedarrell

Wow you all have such anger with me. Unlike you I will do no name calling, I will however pray for you, all immgrants, victims and criminals, and our country. God bless and talk to y'all next time.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

we have anger at intolerance and closemindedness. Just because someone says something doesn't mean it's true. Open your mind and don't say dumb things and maybe people will like you better.

Babeu
Babeu

Just pray for yourself, you are the one that needs it. You will be there awhile so get comfortable.

David Gross
David Gross

It seems that the only way for Maricopa County to rid itself of Joe Arpaio is for the Federal Government to arrest and remove him from office and remove his entire command staff as well in one fell swoop.

Babeu
Babeu

Paul is as stupid as his lover boy Joe. When only one word comes out of Paul's mouth is holder, you know he is hiding all his abuse in his office and family. I have been blocked from seeing comments on Paul's article here on phoenix new times. I have called James King twice with no reply. I would like to know why, I am the only one that is not allowed to see the comments posted and write a comment on Paul's article? Is it just me? I have contacted other people that blog here and they say they are able too. Is it too much to ask why? Paul in the past hired another stupid attorney Grant Woods to try to get me from talking to reporters, which I did not do, I just blog. He is so scared of all his dirty secrets from coming out. Paul you are a racist just like Joe and you made a big mistake by using the media to kiss Joe's ass..Lucy Babeu

Philthydrone
Philthydrone

He is going downhill. Poor guy. I hope they deport back to where his family originates from. So he can get a tase of his own medicine.

Gwmwllc
Gwmwllc

DOJ is racist against a true American Patriot Joe. Ask Gustavo Arellano when will the illegal Mexican occupation of the United States of America end?

Jetexas
Jetexas

You need to open your eyes !He is not a American anything but a criminal.He has committed a lot more crimes than the Mexicans he chases.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

LMAO. a true American patriot? Nope those are guys like Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR, JFK, etc.

NOT The Joke of a sheriff. BTW how is it being racist to him? the DOJ is anti-racist. The DOJ believes in the Constitution and JUSTICE FOR ALL!

ragin
ragin

Go read a book longer than ten pages...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

he can't the big words are too hard to sound out.

he reads like Beavis and Butthead.

Jason
Jason

"DOJ is racist against a true American Patriot Joe."

Joe Arpaio is NOT an American patriot. And the DOJ can't be racist against the Old Fool.  

He is a CCC (corrupt career criminal) who deserves to be indicted and tossed into federal prison for the rest of his sorry life.

Joe and his fool no one
Joe and his fool no one

In the article concerning "Sheriff" Joe's press conference, one of his underlings described the DOJ investigative report as "a horse and ony show." "political pandering.' "a sneak attack"and "a punch in the face."  Those guys should be well-acquainted with thse phrases having used these practices with fair regularity during their sojourn under Joe at the MCSO.

SpeedyGonzo
SpeedyGonzo

Not that this isn't politically motivated, but that doesn't mean Sheriff Joe isn't 100% guilty of the racial profiling. Burn the witch.

Car_del99
Car_del99

With this report.the joker's NIGHTMARES  are about to begin..I bet that a lot of people are calling DOJ  this morning to tell them everything they know. to  stay out of prison...Hendy , Thomas ,Fox et al

Jason
Jason

You mean to tell me that the old, fat guy sitting on the left is disgraced former lawyer/MCSO SS goon Jack MacIntyre?

Wow.

Joe, your senile, corrupt, fat ass is going the hell down. The indictments are coming. You best be looking over your shoulder, living your life in fear (as you've made so many people do throughout the years, myself included), wondering when the full weight of the federal government is gonna come for you.

When your sorry ass is indicted, I will be there. I have your perp-walk song and a cold bottle of celebratory Captain Morgan ready. I will be filming your indictment and posting it on YouTube.  

StopThe Hate
StopThe Hate

Adolph Hitler truly believed he was right too.

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

Yeah Joe, you keep stepping on that dick in public the feds are gonna take it away.  Who the hell do you think you are?  Do you really think you can stand the feds off?  You are truly the flacid fool everybody is claiming aren't you Joe?  That's okay you arrogant old bastard, when the feds cuff your ass and haul you off to the federal fuckup farm we'll all be cheering Joe!  THE PEOPLE have spoken Arpiao, we want your ass gone... bye ... Now you are free to join Pearce in the Arizona Asshole Hall of Shame...the gauntlet of that shame awaits...Joe.

85014
85014

This press statement reminds me of Fox News: fair and balanced.

Too bad that the "fair and balanced" is coming from MCSO, who can't, won't and will not investigate child molestation incidents in El Mirage.

What is worse is that the Republican side of the Arizona legislature is as silent as hamburger meat. They couldn't give a rat's ass.

I think I will swing over to the the Sonoran Alliance website and see how they are behaving this night. I'll bet the discussion will be neither fair or balanced.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

some day I might troll that site just for the fun of it.

savatage
savatage

Interesting. Not one word from them about it. Hilarious!

Ross
Ross

The Justice Department began its civil-rights investigation of the Sheriff's Office in 2008 under Republican President George W. Bush.  Obviously, it was politically motivated.  Ever since his brother Jeb married a Mexican, George has been jealous of anyone who didn't have to sleep with Laura.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

and he didn't even have sex with her to make his children. I wonder if they even had sex at all. he is probably jealous of any man that has a wife that has sex..

greaseballwatcher
greaseballwatcher

Hey Jack when your fucking demented boss goes to fucking Federal prison are you going to say you were only following orders? Amazing, what a bunch of fucking criminals running nothing more than a criminal enterprise under color of law. Hey Jack you are a fucking criminal and you belong in a Federal prison and all your assets confiscated. Be tough to see your  family have to get real jobs if their criminal daddy goes to jail...huh buddy? Sheriff you and your minions are nothing but murdering thugs...you know criminals...

Mudduck
Mudduck

What amazes me about what appears to be too large of a segment of the Maricopa County populace, is the apparent limitless ability of folks who give the good Sheriff a pass on every stupid move he makes.

We can forget the law suits...although that's cost taxpayers tens of millions.

We can forget the inability of the Sheriff to investigate sexual assault cases, by the hundreds...although that's hard to do when you're chasing "Mesicans" because it gets you press and plays to the non thinking fringe.

We can forget that the Sheriff's office is so far behind other valley law enforcement agencies technology wise...ask a Deputy if he/she has a MDT in their vehicle and if they do ask how it communicates.

We can forget that the Sheriff bought a Ma Duce...check out the range of one of these things and figure out what scenario that would ever be used in.

We can forget the number of command staff that have been fired and the Sheriff's "I know nothing" defense...that seriously works for you with a guy who's been in office this long.

I can go on and on...but let's be intellectually honest here...DOJ has been investigating for years, I expect the good Sheriff's civil rights problems are the least of his worries right now.

But of course as long as we keep the "Mesicans" off the street folks will continue to feel safe...despite the fact that actual crime goes on and unaddressed in the areas that the Sheriff actually has responsibility to provide law enforcement.

I pity the Sheriff after Joe...it will take him or her years to unscrew this mess.  But it's okay the bill always comes to the taxpayer.

Jetexas
Jetexas

What I don't get is why that haven't done anything yet. They have been questioning his activities and killing for years. Are they afraid of Joe too? I have seen old videos of them torturing inmates and these are everyone to the public what is wrong with the FBI ?

And by the way while the state is paying out millions for Joe he has real estate investments  worth millions. Of course when they started investigating he had his investment records  sealed.But the ones they found on April 15, 2002, Joe & Ava paid $440,000 in cash for a commercial property in Fountain Hills in 1995.he paid 250,000 cash for another but there are more. His chief deputy David Hendershott has a  $400,000 home in Peoria. Where did they get the money?  

greaseballwatcher
greaseballwatcher

Everyone of these fucking criminal scumbags in the photo should be Supermaxed in Colorado. Amazing how for years these criminals have held badges. If anyone doesn't understand these little boys have been running a RICO conspiracy...RICO gets the mob locked up for years. To bad this little slimy piece of shit is so old he won't be able to do let's say 40 fucking years being traded for an extra scoop of ice cream.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

You really think his saggy old ass would be worth a scoop of ice cream? Never met an inmate that desperate.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

no, but you know what he might be good for? a punching bag?

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Vote Mike Stauffer for Maricopa County Sheriff.

http://votestauffer.com/Stauff...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

VOTE for anyone but Sheriff Joke!I dont care who, but get a lot of people to vote for Stauffer instead of The JOKE!

BTW I can't vote against him, sorry!

Coz
Coz

No shit...

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