Joe Arpaio (Unintentionally) Holds Second Press Conference About Botched Sex Crime Investigations. Won't Resign, Claims Other Agencies Have Way Worse Problems

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's back in the hot seat as two more lawmakers call for his resignation.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio seems to think Democratic politicians are using his office's bungling of more than 400 sex crime investigations as a reason to call for his resignation -- not because of his incompetence, but because they don't like his policies on immigration.

He also seems to think other (unidentified) agencies have way worse problems than a pesky several-hundred botched criminal investigations. 

Immigration may be part of the reason Congressman Raul Grijalva, and Democratic state representatives Ruben Gallego and Katie Hobbs want the sheriff to call it quits, and other agencies may have some issues, but the fact remains: Arpaio's office bungled more than 400 sex crime investigations!

The unapologetic sheriff held a press conference this afternoon where he intended talk about the arrests of two human smugglers who've been deported a collective 27 times.

That barely happened, though -- instead, America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" basically held what is now his second media briefing about the heat he's been getting ever since the national media caught wind of the investigations Arpaio's boys in beige botched between 2005 and 2007.

See our story on Arpaio's oopsies here.

Arpaio spit out some of his illegal immigration rhetoric before announcing he would be conducting another one of his illegal immigrant roundups some time in the near future. But it was all smoke and mirrors aimed to take attention away from the MCSO's most-recent PR problem -- but Phoenix's Fourth Estate didn't take the bait.

"I knew you were gonna ask me about the sex crimes," Arpaio says.

Umm...duh.

The sheriff responded to questions about the calls for his resignation, claiming the only people who want him to resign are Democrats who disagree with him on immigration issues.

"There have been some elected officials throughout the years -- just by coincidence they all happen to be Democrats, including the mayor of Phoenix, [County Supervisor] Mary Rose Wilcox, the Justice Department, the president, the Judiciary Committee led by a Democrat, some legislators -- who have constantly been going after me, and there's no doubt it's because of illegal immigration," he says.

The sheriff goes further, saying his critics are using his name -- and the botched investigations -- to garner media attention for themselves.

"[Grijalva] asked for my resignation? Who's this guy? He doesn't have anything to do with Maricopa County, last I heard," Arpaio groans. "He's telling me to resign? He should resign -- he's the one who said to boycott [Arizona]...I'm asking him to resign; keep his nose out of my business."

During the 25-minute presser, the often-rambling sheriff mentioned Penn State's current sex scandal -- and the pedophilia issues within the Catholic Church -- before talking about how other agencies have much worse problems.

"I'm gonna say it again: this is not unique to the sheriff's office because you can talk about four other local agencies -- who I will not identify, but I'm sure you know who they are -- who've had serious other problems just like this in the last 18 months," Arpaio says.

Arpaio may not want to point fingers, but we'll go ahead and assume two of the agencies he's talking about include the Justice Department's flubbed "Fast and Furious" gun-running sting, and the Phoenix Police Department's recent issue with properly tallying kidnapping statistics.

In both agencies, when the shit hit the fan, heads rolled -- just ask former Phoenix police Chief Jack Harris, and former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke.

Arpaio maintains that he will not resign, and says his solution to the problem is to hire outside consultants to take a look at what went wrong.

"What I'm going to do is order a national search to get the best person in this country to come here and we're gonna get advice, consultation -- we're gonna find out how we can correct these deficiencies that have occurred in this office," he promises, saying it's his "top priority.

Apparently not a subscriber to a "buck stops here" leadership philosophy, Arpaio says he also plans to take disciplinary action against anyone in his office who may be responsible for the botched investigations. He says he'll announce any such actions next week.
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Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

There are a lot of agencies that clear many cases by exception.  There usually is no explanation as to what that exception would be....this includes murder, rapes and anything else they don't want to bother with.   There are a lot of agencies in Arizona that the people at the top don't want to be accountable for their actions.  Arpaio is one of many.  He will go down and it won't be a pretty sight his kicking and screaming and getting his Depends in a wad.  I will be interesting to watch though.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

Thankfully there aren't many 80 yr old sociopaths that get themselves elected county sheriff.

keepintabsonthepussyman
keepintabsonthepussyman

Since Eric "What the fuck is my job Holder" won't step in then it is way past time for the States Attorney to step in either immediately investigate. I have lived here a very long time...don't hold your breath.

Herb
Herb

Joe for Senate!

keepintabsonthepussyman
keepintabsonthepussyman

Joe for senate...now just think about it...do you really want that senate seat and I mean literally to smell like body odor and greasy garlic farts?

Jason
Jason

Joe in prison sounds a lot better...

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

The funny thing is he will still be the person telling the thoughtless how to vote in AZ and Maricopa county.  Why? Why? Why is he the sheriff?  It's like something from the twilight zone.

Allan
Allan

A mostinteresting report from an officer who created and sent reports to Joeconcerning the botched investigations. http://www.azcentral.com/membe...

As powerfuland arrogant as Joe is, I really don't think he can survive any more.

 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The commentary that Allen posted the link to should be posted in New Times if possible.  This is worth reading and keeping access to.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Thany you for the link Allen. Bill Louis is a fine example of what a true law enforcement professional should be. I truely hope this leads to the removal of the JoKKKe of Maricopa County. Kudos to Bill Louis.

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

My God People ........  why is this  crooked   sheriff   still breathing air that is outside   a prison cell??????   just  whose  ass is he kissing we don`t know about  ?????? the whole  MCSO agency needs to be placed under RECIEVERSHIP...........   prefferably by   the STATE POLICE   or DPS  or what ever is politically correct .....  It appears The whole  command staff is corrupt .. and saddly bleeds into the rank and file  officers too ....     the ones blindly loyal to ARPAIO............   This arrogant SOB   is attempting to  explain away  over 400   botched   investigations    on his watch     one as young as 2 years old ...........THIS REGIME  NEED TO COME TO AN IMMEDIATE END ............

Jason
Jason

Joe Arpaio is gonna be in the hot seat for quite a while.

The city of El Mirage needs to file a notice of claim against the MCSO shurf. Yet again, we taxpayers are on the receiving end of MCSO/MCSO shurf BS/corruption/malfeasance in office.

BTW, the Flaccid Fool's press conference was to highlight his arrest of 2 criminal illegals. TWO!! This guy is a WASTE of taxpayer time and money!!

Marcy
Marcy

Senile Joe again claims he knows 'nutting, he saw 'nutting, he heard 'nutting.

Nothing is ever Joe's fault because Joe, like any good Mafia don, makes sure it's the people under him who do all the dirty work.

Mr. Duke
Mr. Duke

What piece of shit. We've got to vote this mean kracker out of office ASAP!!

Dread96821
Dread96821

Arpaio, by definition is literally a JOKE! A story with an un-expected and amusing end. He gets his sorry ass in trouble for being a polititian rather than being a law man, and he throws a punchline out there with one more of his stupid press conferences. Arpaio plans to bring a sex crimes expert to investigate what went wrong with the MCSO investigations. "It's his top priority" And who is supposed to pay for that? It doesn't cost Arpaio anything but his own principles to make a fool out of himself and us taxpayers that have to pay for his mistakes. For a guy who talks tough about nobody tells him how to run his office and he is totally in charge, he sure looks like a fool who doesn't know shit about what is going on in the MCSO. No matter, if (by the grace of fluke luck)  he happens to win another term in office as Sheriff of Maricopa County, Randy Parrazz (sorry if I miss spelled the name) and citizens for a better arm pit of america Arizona will deal Arpaio the same hand that fat loser Russell Pearce was dealt. A recall election and he WILL lose!!!

Joe Blow has got to go!
Joe Blow has got to go!

Joe has lied about death threats for years to take the heat off of himself!  

Here is re post of a link  on FB praising his efforts on the the birther crap, http://www.wnd.com/index.php?f...  He should be under the gun from the county attorney and the AG for allowing 400 of sex crime cases to be mishandled while under his command.  He took money from multiple Maricopa county locations to protect and serve  its residents and over 400 sexual predators (Jerry Sandusky types) are still molesting innocent children in AZ who walk on Surf Joe's streets while Joe is using county asset's to investigate the Birther BS (with non police officers / possy members, made up of Joe wanna Be's). Next thing you know Joe can investigate whether we really landed on the moon or find out who shot JFK. 

Why not find out who raped innocent children in El Mirage! Try solving a crime in your own backyard for a change or find out how under your watch all these cases were not worked while your rounding up brown people and terrorizing  your enemies at the BOS all to secure reelection. How much is he going spend to have another group investigate his incompetence? or how much are the law suits going from the victim's of the dropped cases going to cost us before act?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"Arpaio says he also plans to take disciplinary action against anyone in his office who may be responsible for the botched investigations. He says he'll announce any such actions next week."

A reasonable person would think that he promised to resign.  However, he is not sane, nor competent.

To listen to him tell his story, he gives 2 or 3 speeches / interviews a day.  I have to think that sort of distraction is a big part of what went wrong.  Arpaio is known to favor those that contribute to him.  Hence, some businesses can get away with hiring the undocumented while others face a full blown raid.  You don't suppose their would be apathy to the undocumented crime victims?  I guess it could be direct from the Sheriff to "Don't worry about them."  Or it could be indirect based on the culture he nourishes by example.  It could be that there was more publicity related to the immigrant rodeo roundups he stages. 

We don't need a national consultant to tell us what went wrong.  To take that approach portends an admission that Arpaio is not in control and is so out of touch that he has not one clue what is going on at MCSO.

As voters, we have collectively trusted him with stewardship of a quarter billion dollars a year in MCSO budget.  He can't get the basics of law enforcement right.  I wonder if all the Joe supporters out there would trust him to manage a business that they personally owned which did $250 million a year? 

While Barney Fife might not rapidly figure out how to investigate a sex crime, Sheriff Andy would get the job done because Andy was accountable.  Both Barney and Andy would certainly care and have compassion and urgency about solving the case. 

Far less capable organizations than MCSO successfully investigate and prosecute sex crimes.  This is part of the BASICS of law enforcement.  Joe should hire a consultant to understand Maricopa County crime rates, increase the efficiency of MCSO, investigate the pink underwear money scandal, and other non-normal issues.  Hiring a consultant to figure out why sex crimes were ignored serves three purposes:  1. Allows Arpaio to scratch his head in front of his supporters while saying he is getting to the bottom of things.  2. Allows Arpaio to delay final resolution until after Nov 2012.  3. Allows Arpaio to be unaccountable for the failings of his office while he pretends to be accountable.

An investigation of MCSO in this matter is needed that is not governed or specified by Arpaio.  The Babeu investigation was pretty decent, but was limited in scope to Hendershott and the Rump Rangers.  The scope of that did not include malfeasance by Arpaio. 

I would like to see the consulting Independent Bar Counsel Gleason dig into this.  I think he might be able to put together a pretty good team and really see what is going on.  He may not be the perfect guy, but his tenacity and thoroughness are unquestioned.

Pecee69
Pecee69

because yet again, IT'S NOT HIS FAULT!!!, he was left out of the loop, nobody told him, he doesn't micro manage, feel free to add any other excuses I have omitted??

Jason
Jason

It's all Hendy's fault, even though Hendy hasn't worked for the MCSO since April.

Coz
Coz

How about I'm just a senile old F-er and could care less about anything but media attention.

bobunf
bobunf

How about adding, "I can't recall," and "I was duped."

Mistalee
Mistalee

How could you miss the most important excuse?

"My egregiously fucking up in every conceivable manner must not distract us from the pursuit of undocumented dishwashers!"

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Could Arpaio's thought process be something like this?

"The victims were illegal and that is a crime and if you are breaking the law, you ought to be locked up.  Why should we care?  If they were not breaking the law, this would not have happened. I don't think that sexual assault is as bad as going to prison.  If they were not breaking the law, they would not be sexually assaulted.  What part of illegal don't you understand?  It is probably a good thing because they went back to Mexico and stopped breaking the law.  Victim unreachable, case cleared by exception.  Another successful day at MCSO." 

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

VOTE STAUFFER FOR SHERIFF 2012

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

From an AARPaio birther speech: 

'''Although MCSO doesn’t have subpoena power in Hawaii, he mentioned the Nordyke twins, born the day after Obama at the same hospital, have birth certificates produced from microfilm and said he wants to see Obama’s birth certificate on the same microfilm.

He said, “I think we’re going to have enough to show there’s something to it.”

Arpaio said, “I’m not doing this for politics,” and joked, “I can get elected with pink underwear. I’m doing it because it’s the right thing to do.”'''

____________OK, what frosts me about this is his pompous attitude that the office of the Sheriff is actually and office of Gimmicks.  What enrages me is that this birth certificate investigation is the "right thing to do."  How does that get prioritized relative to investigation of child rape?  I guess investigating sex crimes is not the right thing to do or maybe it is the optional thing to do. 

I really want to know how much this "no cost to the taxpayers" investigation is costing us.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

it's costing us on wasted man-hours.....Who gives a fuck. Obama was born in Hawaii GET the fuck over it.

teknik1200
teknik1200

BUT BUT BTU TUB !!!!!1111!!1!1  His is Africanz armikans, that mean that his is afrekins, not ameikkkan!!!!11!!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Arpaio is definitely taking the political backlash on these ignored sex crimes seriously.  No time for a Illegal immigrant sweep.  He needs the immediate sympathy of another death threat or two.  See the attached and it gets better toward the end.  In the last paragraph, it is clear that we are investing in his free of taxpayer cost investigation.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?f...

Gray Race
Gray Race

I wonder how John Walsh feel right now after supporting this asshole for so long knowing how he is against child molesters?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

he probably doesn't care since he pimps out to LE all the time...

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

That would be a good call for a Journo to make.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

So Arpaio thinks he shouldn't be held accountable because there are other "agencies-nice attempt to reframe who this is about-not!" that have had similar "problems."

Arpaio, tell that to the two year girl who's now 6-8 years old and is still probably being raped by her father because nothing was done and now no one knows where they are!

Tell it to me, as a taxpayer who pays you to do your job!

There's a few things I'd like to tell Arpaio!

Meanwhile, it's time to replace Arpaio. 

The MCSO needs a competent, professional law enforcement manager and leader.

VOTE STAUFFER FOR SHERIFF 2012

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Shut up. You are a horrible campaign manager. Get off your ass, put on some clothes and get out there! Your comments on PNT is not going to win the election. You need money!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

You seem SO interested in this campaign and you offer advice, but never actually do anything but belittle the Stauffer campaign and those who support him. You tell others to 'shut up' on a written blog. Really? Put some effort into the campaign yourself. Direct your energy in a positive way instead of whacking at those who are actually doing something.

Unless, of course, you really do support your boss and are trying to impress him.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Give me a candidate worth risking my ass for. Why would I stick my neck out for a guy that hasn't done anything to become a viable candidate other than pander to you leftist freaks? You people are guaranteed votes on his side yet he exerts none of his off duty attention towards the votes that really count.I refuse to waste money or time on another w Steven Martin nobody.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Mr. Sucks is trying to branch out from generic lameass trolling to lameass concern trolling. But of course, HisTrollingSucks.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

2005-2007 the MCAO / MCSO joined at the hip were in full swing with their witch-hunts as they ignored these hundreds of cases.  Ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas began his reign of terror on the people (over 200,000 felony cases he bragged about during his unsuccessful run in the GOP primary for state Attorney General). This whole story cannot be told without including arpaio's "cohorts". 

This chilling reign of terror on the state must be ended. Now is the time. Sex offenders in Arizona first offense are sent to prison for life!  So hundreds have been out there for years terrorizing children??

Where are the Republican legislators who continue to turn a blind eye to the county sheriff who has created so much harm to innocent people when you write laws to put a first offender, non-sexual touching into prison for 75 years?

People and their families are truly at risk for harm living in the state of Arizona by the officials who help themselves at the expense of the people and humanity. 

Anon
Anon

2005-2007 witch hunts:  

"SWAT madness and the militarization ... "- A. James Fisher - Google Books

http://books.google.com/books?... arpaio sandra dowling helicopters&f=false

Wanumba
Wanumba

At this point, Arpaio is just an ass drizzling old fool.  His mind is gone.  Shame, since I'd like to see a fully aware Arpaio spending the rest of his miserable life in prison.

Do not vote for this POS.

Rob
Rob

"...Who's this guy? He doesn't have anything to do with Maricopa County, last I heard..."

I'll remember that the next time I see Arpaio on TV in any place but Maricopa County.

Coz
Coz

Only Bozo Joe Arpaio can turn fucking up 400+ sex crimes into an immigration issue.

Got news for you Bozo Joe, immigration issues are the last thing you should be worried about now old man.

You are without a doubt, one of the saddest excuses of a human being I have ever seen in my lifetime. You are a sick, demented old man.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Coz,I suspect that in AARPiehole's sick & twisted mind this was about immigration. I think that in this sick bastards mind,he felt that because these children were offspring of illegal immigrants,they were not entitled to any law enforcement protection. He has really shown himself to be less than human. The way this sick bastard treats human beings is right on par with the way Hitler started the persecution of the jewish people.He is one sick bastard.

Coz
Coz

Yup, he truly is as sick as it gets.

Jason
Jason

Only his good buddy, disgraced, booted state Senate president Russell Pearce was even more mentally ill than the MCSO shurf...

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Or is it that Russell Pearce's statistics show that illegal immigrants commit 90% of the sex crimes.  Hence all LE has to do is round up illegals and the rape problem is solved.  I remember seeing some politician make that claim.  Can't remember if it was Arpaio or not that said that.  I know that Pearce repeated or exaggerated bad statistics as he always did.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

as if white people never rape anyone....

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

If fixing his complete screwup is Joke's TOP priority, why didn't he do that back in 2008 when this complete breakdown of his responsibilities was reported by the EV Trib in "Reasonable Doubt"?

Did it take the idiot this long to get a coloring book version of the EV Trib report?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Because he did not care to take any effort to fix this until forced by national attention.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Joke only has until Dec 22 for another of his circus stunts.  After that, he'll be shut down!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I doubt that the Dec 22 hearing will change much, except to sway some more public opinion against the old fart.  Oh, it will add some more money for us to pay since we have the luxury of having America's Costliest Sheriff.

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