Feds Respond to Joe Arpaio's Demands, Say Sheriff Already Has Information Requested in Racial-Profiling Investigation

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The Department of Justice this afternoon sent a letter to attorneys representing the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in response to demands Sheriff Joe Arpaio made earlier this month regarding evidence the feds claim to have that shows the MCSO is guilty of the worst racial-profiling practices in U.S. history.

The sheriff's demands were simple: he wants to see the proof the DOJ claims to have against his agency before he will cooperate with the feds in correcting the problems outlined in a December letter from Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, which outlined a culture of racial-profiling at the MCSO.

"What we want for the Department of Justice to do is play ball," Arpaio said at the time of his January 4 letter to the DOJ. "In other words, provide whatever proof they may have to back their findings -- proof, which, by the way, they have refused to give us or the media. And if they cannot prove their findings, which I suspect to be the case, then stop the political posturing."

The feds' response: Arpaio already has the evidence -- he's the one who gave it to the DOJ in the first place.

"The claim that MCSO does not know the basis of our findings strains credulity," Perez writes in a letter sent to the MCSO this afternoon.

He goes on to explain the following:

"In fact, the basis of our findings is largely in your possession. Since our Title VI lawsuit, you have provided us with thousands of documents including policies, procedures, reports, correspondence, training materials, raw data and other documents prepared and kept by MCSO. In addition, we interviewed dozens of MCSO command staff, staff, deputies, detention officers, and posse members. MCSO was fully aware of each employee and posse member interview, and counsel for MCSO was present for the interviews with command staff. Compliance with the majority of your requests would require us to return your own documents to you. If you review your own documents, or consult with the attorneys who were present for many of the interviews, you will be able to gain ample understanding of our findings."

Arpaio's written off the DOJ's investigation as a political witch hunt designed to help get President Barack Obama re-elected in November. Since the DOJ's findings were made public in Perez's December 15 letter, the Department of Homeland Security stripped MCSO officers of their ICE authority, which allowed them to essentially act as immigration officers.

Arpaio says he hopes to be able to cooperate with the feds, but he's not afraid to take the DOJ to court.

The MCSO didn't immediately respond to New Times' request for comment this afternoon.

See Perez's entire letter below.

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DNichols
DNichols

D.O.J.;

Arpaio is a Racist "Tyrant" he believes he is above the Law.

Your three year long Investigation came after many years of Racial Profiling, and Abuse complaints.

Arpaio is not cooperating in any manner, he should have to face his crimes.

The D.O.J. should give him the Racial Profiling Facts he requests in the form of an "Indictment" for his crimes!

To: True Justice for All, no one is Above the Law, or King in America.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The BOS should immediately reject all Title VI funding from the Federal gov. This way, the DOJ will have no valid reason to continue their investigation. A new annual tax of about $375/household/ year will replace the Title VI money.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Note to DOJ.  The 2x4 didn't work.  He's a bit thick in the head.  Try the 4x4.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I read all 6 pages. How stupid does the Joke think we really are?
His claims are stupid. The Government only wants them to comply, why can't they?

Coz
Coz

Shit shit Arpaio.

Tina
Tina

I just finished reading the 6-page letter from Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez to Joseph J. Popolizio, in response to Popolizio's Jan. 4 letter to Perez, Re: Findings from the Investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.  Contrary to the distracting and dishonest inferences made by commenter Yourproductsucks, this is NOT an issue that involves Phoenix New Times.  

It pertains to the independent findings by the U.S. Department of Justice, from MCSO's own documents, records and extensive interviews of MCSO's command staff and other employees in the presence of MCSO's attorney(s) and upon occasion Arpaio himself.
One of the four listed purposes in Mr. Perez' letter to Mr. Popolizio is also to "correct some of the most egregious inaccuracies in your letter."  Those inaccuracies are spelled out in detail.  

The other three purposes of the Perez letter which it expands upon are to: (1) outline MCSO's broad knowledge of the nature and basis of the findings; (2) explain how the bulk of the information is already in your possession; and (3) reiterate our willingness to sit down with you at your earliest convenience to discuss the report and determine whether it is possible to reach a negotiated resolution.

My assessment of all this is that the DOJ's Civil Rights Division has its act together, has displayed infinite patience, and isn't going to mess around much longer; that Arpaio and company are playing dumb; and, as Perez suggests, that their (Arpaio's) true goal is further delay.  

I recommend that everyone interested in MCSO becoming a respectable law enforcement agency read that 6-page letter.  

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

Nope, it didn't surprised me one bit. Anyone who is familiar with how the Flaccid Fucker runs his dog-n-pony shows, knows that he does not know how to "cooperate" with anyone. To do so, means litigation, lawsuits and the court of law.

And of course, him losing in court. And his ghastly hordes of nativist asslickers footing the bill, as the "majority" of taxpayers.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

YPS. Slander has to be spoken. Libel has to be written.

Why are you being defensive if the derisive old goat who has turned your agency into the laughing stock of law enforcement in the nation?

Why are you trying to spin this back on the messenger (New Times) instead of placing blame squarely where it belongs in the lap of the Flaccid Fool?

Are you hoping to become part of command staff?

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Nah, we don't have time to waste, just hit him with an 8x8x12 and get it over with.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

ROFL, Brother, you know by now the flaccid fool's asshole must be stretched out and raw from all of the bricks he has been shitting lately.

teknik1200
teknik1200

Joe seems to have borrowed some tactics from iran.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

well said. I pretty much have guessed all of this already without the letters.YPS seems to think that there is no evidence. Well I think pretty soon The Joke will find out that they are tired of waiting for him. I think I already mentioned he is stalling for time..

Coz
Coz

You'd think people would be sick of footing the bill for this out of control senile old fool by now.

Tina
Tina

I think you mean "to NOT do so (cooperate) means litigation, lawsuits and the court of law."  Nothing is beneath that conniving megalomaniac.  That Perez letter expanded a bit on the many instances of his retaliation actions.  This time around, I don't think this con-man's  claims of "it's all politics" is selling very well. He's going to lose big time the more he keeps it up.  

Tina
Tina

Tommy, I think he already is a part of the command staff.  Loyalty like that is always rewarded by you-know-who.  

JAuSuck
JAuSuck

YPS knows the Racist SOB has been cough with his pants down and cannot undo the web of lies he created. All of residents of MC are praying that the lies can turn into truth so they don't feel like garbage... They want to put lipstick on the pig and you what they say... LOL
BTW. Is Arpaio's parents legally in the united states?  I wonder... LOL

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

My point was directed at the DoJ's answer not to provide evidence of their allegations.  I realize the absurdity of my statement.  Equally I recognize the absurdity of the Assistant Attorney General's response.

Thank you for the clarification on libel and slander...I have never been able to get the two right.

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

Believe it or not it seems there are still those who look up to the good ole sheriff.  He probably has even found some new fans through all of this.
They are probably waving their hoods with every new story.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

btw LMAO  I think at this point he's shitting out 8X8x16s at this point.

Tina
Tina

Yes, PTAGAZ.  At the end of the first paragraph of the Perez letter, the DOJ suggests the same thing: "that your true goal is further delay."  

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Let's see them prove their case in court. Hyperbole never makes for admissible evidence in court.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

you'd think but they still re-elect him every year!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Really? Do you have any evidence to support your allegation? I most assuredly am not "command staff.". I was fighting arpaio when being anti arpaio wasnt cool.
The end never justifies the means.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

must be why they are so blindly supporting the Joke despite all the evidence against him.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I don't know if it true or not but I seem to remember reading somewhere that the flaccid fools mother died during childbirth, again I don't know if there is any truthfulness to this but if this is in fact the case that will explain why the motherless racist bastard doesn't have a problem with keeping shackles on a woman during childbirth.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

"  Is Arpaio's parents legally in the united states?  I wonder "

I think they are both dead, but they came from Italy, UNDOCUMENTED and UNIVITED to the United States, Landed on Ellis Island like the rest of illegal immigrants from Europe.  And you're right, you can put lipstick on a pig and it is still a pig, hell you can even put a Sheriff's uniform on a clown and it is a clown, in Joke ArPayaso's case he is both a pig and a clown.

Tina
Tina

Which clearly demonstrates that, 

(A) You did not read the letter,

(B)  You read the letter and didn't understand it, or

(C)  You read the letter, did understand it, and are lying through your teeth.

You seem to forget that we all can read the same letter right here.  

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Did YOU read the DOJ letter from today, or are you just posting nonsense with no understanding yet again?

Tina
Tina

If there would be any "new fans" from his BS, I think by the time this is over, they will have dissipated.  

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

You made it to the third sentence before race baiting...congrats!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Thanks for participating in adult conversation. Now run along and play .

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Yes. I pretty much verified what my opinion was by what that letter said. Page 2 was very interesting.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Must be. After all Joke has attorney's too.

AND BTW just cause Joke says something doesn't mean it's true either. Cops lie all the time.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

are you saying you have some evidence that suggests I am wrong? Because the way it looks with the stall game, and ignore the Feds game Joke is playing it looks like he is guilty of everything?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes, that is true..

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

probably yellow cause they are all cowards too!

Coz
Coz

Stupid is what stupid does...

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Yes, and I always wonder what color is the shit these imbeciles that vote for this asshole have instead of brains.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I don't need to prove anything, do you know how to read?  then read the letter above from the DOJ regarding the incompetence and down right criminality of MCSO and their so-called "Sheriff".

Now tell me, are you, or are you not employed by MCSO?

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

What I figured.  You've got nothing. you can't Prove your assertion of there being two types of MCSO employees. You are discovering that fallacious reasoning is difficult to defend and impossible to prove.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

There is not enough room on this website to name every single criminal or coward working for MCSO.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

" Hyperbole and generalization "

Nice try, but unfortunately for you, when it comes to MCSO what you consider "Hyperbole and generalization" is all documented FACT.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Hyperbole and generalization are not valid arguments. In fact they are the very definition of fallacios arguments. Your "argument" doesn't warrant a response. You aren't wanting to argue, you are wanting to incite.

And me poking fun at you spins you through the ceiling. You are played with like a yo-yo and are unable to see it.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Ahh, look at imbecile, he's wearing his dunce cap again today and when presented with an intelligent argument to debunk his bullshit comments he doesn't know how to respond so he changes the subject and starts attacking the person the bested him;  Listen dumb ass, intimidation may work on some people, it does the exact opposite on me.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Ahh, look at wannabe; he's wearing his big boy panties today and wanting to scrap.

Tina
Tina

Yeah sure.  You're trying too hard.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

What integrity??????  what integrity are you talking about?  Law Enforcement Officers WITH integrity do not follow the illegal orders of a racist senile fool, they DO NOT act like judge, jury, and executioners, they DO NOT murder people, they DO NOT discriminate, they DO NOT bring bogus charges against innocent people, and most importantly they DO NOT violate the LAW just because their superiors tell them to do it or because it is popular with their bigot supporters. 

There are two types of people working for MCSO:

1-  The CRIMINALS with a badge that think they are above the law.

2-  The COWARDS that do not agree with the "Modus operandi" of the agency but are too coward to do anything about it.

Either way, there is a SERIOUS lack of INTEGRITY within the MCSO ranks.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I defend the integrity of the employees of the MCSO.  You might be able to see that if you weren't clouded with hatred.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

" I was fighting arpaio when being anti arpaio wasn't cool. "

So, if you were fighting him then why do you now defend him like if he was you kid?  Unless you now are getting paid to defend him.  YPS you write so much BS on your posts that it is hard to even try to begin to understand you, the only reasonable explanation we can come up with is that you somehow are involved in the flaccid fool's shenanigans or you have been hired as a member of Sheriff Joke arPayaso's "Dis-Information Posse".

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

exactly. They all are going to go down. It will be a happy day in AZ. People won't have to fear driving in MC anymore.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Yeah, if the pig goes down, he goes down with him.

Jason
Jason

Go to google.com and put Joe Arpaio into the search bar.

From there, look for the wikipedia link.

Click the link for wikipedia and the first sentence after the big box will tell you that the Flaccid Failure's mother died while giving birth to him.

I tried to link it here, but it wouldn't let me.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

he's got paranoia, which might explain all the death threats..

Tina
Tina

That's my recollection as well.  JA has obviously got some deep seated problems that a shrink would be best equipped to figure out as to their reasons.   

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I think by now the problems ARE OBVIOUS!

Tina
Tina

Yes, Ladmobag, a good summary for  YPS, which is all right there on page 2 of the Perez letter.  YPS has not only lost all credibility but his posts are beoming more and more contemptuous.  

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Interpretation of evidence is subjective.  There should not be a reason in the world for the DoJ to not show how they have come to their conclusions.  Identifying the problems is the first step to remedying the problems.  

Ladmobagparty
Ladmobagparty

YPS, Though I'm not sure YOU'RE capable, follow along and see if you get it.

The DOJ tells Joe they want to see his records and talk to his employees.
Joe turns over the records he wants to and has a record of the employees interviewed.
The DOJ tells Joe that, by reviewing his records and talking to his employees, they have found problems.
Joe then says show me the evidence.
The DOJ says you already HAVE the evidence... you gave it to us in the first place!

Is that so tough to understand?

I'd imagine you're paid by the hour, or by the post. Otherwise there'd be no good reason for you to sepnd so much time wasting other people's time. 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Tina Tina Tina..let's step back for a second and look at this issue critically. I think you are capable. If the State, the city Attorney or the County Attorney's Office files a complaint alledging something against someone else it is the city, state or County Attorney's burden to prove the allegation made. The burden does not fall on the accused. The accused is presumed by the court to be innocent of such allegations until the city, state or county proves their case.

This situation is no different. An attorney representing the department of justice has made an accusation against the entire Sheriffs Office. The burden of proof remains on the backs of the DoJ to prove their case. To dismiss the burden and attempt to shuttle it back onto the defendant is, well, it's unconstitutional.

You can understand this, can't you Tina?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I am pretty sure that's how "talking points" got invented!

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Common sense is not so common, and reading comprehension is impossible for some people that lack the IQ necessary for it, just like parrots, they just repeat what they hear.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

ya know they aren't that far off.

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