Joe Arpaio Responds to DOJ's Response to Joe Arpaio's Response to DOJ's Racial-Profiling Investigation

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...or you'll end up in a public pissing match with the Department of Justice.
The Department of Justice's investigation into the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's alleged racial-profiling practices officially has become a PR showdown -- in response to the the DOJ's response to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's response to the DOJ's investigation, the MCSO has now issued (you guessed it) its response...kinda.

The MCSO's response: it will offer its response after it has a chance to "digest" the DOJ's response.

We'll start at the beginning...

Joe Arpaio became sheriff in 1993. He quickly learned that bootin' brown folks back to Mexico translated into votes in Maricopa County.

Fast-forward to December, when the DOJ released the findings of a three-year investigation into the MCSO's alleged racial-profiling practices. Its conclusion: the MCSO -- under Arpaio's leadership -- is guilty of the worst racial-profiling practices in U.S. history.

The DOJ gave Arpaio until January 4, to decide whether he'll cooperate with the feds in fixing the alleged problems at the MCSO. Arpaio, after calling the investigation a "political witch hunt," met the deadline -- by setting his own deadline, and making demands.

On January 4, Arpaio responded to the DOJ's demands by saying he'd be happy to cooperate as long as the DOJ coughed up the evidence that supported its claims that Arpaio's boys in beige were profiling Hispanics.

He gave the feds until today to respond.

Yesterday, the DOJ offered its response, which basically said Arpaio already had all of the evidence because the vast majority of it was given to the feds by the MCSO.

"In fact, the basis of our findings is largely in your possession," Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote in a letter to the MCSO -- which was also sent to New Times and, we're assuming, several other news outlets.

Last night, the sheriff's attorneys issued their response -- again, to the DOJ's response to the sheriff's response to the fed's investigation.

See the MCSO's response (to the response to the response) -- in its entirety -- below.

Arpaio's Response to the DOJ's Response...to Arpaio's Response.


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Dick123
Dick123

Now let's see.... if you wanted a particular orange you would go to the barrel full of apples to look for it; right(?).
These progressives that yell raciest are themselves blind. They expect the Sheriff's department to go to China town and look for illegal Hispanics --- right(?)

To coin a phrase; "What fools these mortal be."

It is hard to believe but reading those who claim the Sheriff is a raciest are drinking to much California Kool-Aid!

Bobby
Bobby

Actually, all they expect or want is for the Sheriffs department to go to hell.............

Pete Clark
Pete Clark

Joe called the bluff and DOJ backed down....HAHAHA..

Dvmoo7
Dvmoo7

DOJ has nothing... if they did they would change joe with a crime.  Obviously just a political ploy nothing to do with justice

Michael W
Michael W

So many people in Arizona are behind this man and for the life of me I can't understand why.  He has compromised he office.  But it doesn't matter its only a matter of time before the feds remove him from office or force his retirement.  This is the thing so many are behind him saying he gets criminals off the streets.  So do you think the charges are going to stick?  They won't all anyone has to say is they were discriminated against by MPD and the whole thing will get tossed out.  All because Arizona refuses to call a racist a racist. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Snore, ad nauseum.

He is hoping to drag this out past November.

Gee, I wonder why?

About that criminal probe, DOJ?

Do you folks have any nuts at all? Or are all of you just Democrats?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I know a person who works for the DOJ that is a republican.

Anon
Anon

Who's Joseph J. Popolizio? 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The DoJ put a 60 day timeline in place on Dec 15.  Arpaio's attorneys are now wanting the 60 day clock to start ticking today.  Delay.  If litigation commences, there will be a year before anything even starts to happen except for legal bills.  Delay. 

Again, since MCSO does not have a clear picture of the evidence, they can't move forward.  Nothing but delay and cost.

Tina
Tina

Glad you caught that 60-day start time thing, which may have begun on Jan. 4, though.  Certainly not Jan 18.  

guest
guest

I think that the Feds need to pull a joe:  arrive at 2 am in riot gear and shake the place down. Arrest anyone that they find and call them illegals. Show up at joe's house and haul his lame ass in, taking his belt and shoes in the process. Then take over.

Anon
Anon

you forgot to mention about shooting the family dog or pets...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

actually they need to ram his house with the APC and catch it on fire then throw the animals in the fire.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol they should make sure Joke doesn't have his ID on him and send him to ICE.

That would serve him right!

Bnbk
Bnbk

"Nevertheless,we are encouraged that the Department of Justice apparently agrees with our position that costly litigation can and should be avoided,as demonstrated by Mr. Perez's invitation to meet within the next 60 days to discuss this matter".  What? Since when has it been Arpaio's position to avoid costly litigation ? As I recall,Arpaio was welcoming this "costly litigation"at one time. This response letter from Arpaio is nothing more than stall tactics.......I wonder if Mr. Perez has requested the statistics from Arpaio's "crime supression sweeps" that AZcentral used to post on their website. These stats clearly demonstrated that 80 to 90% of the people pulled over were Latinos..........Mr. Perez needs to quit pussyfooting around & drop the hammer on this corruption.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

In case you all are interested, I went on Mike Stauffer's Facebook page yesterday and asked him:
What are your plans to deasl with the culture of abuse and brutality which has flourished under Joe Arpaio and how will you deal with the current crop of badged criminals?

His response was:

Mike
Stauffer for Maricopa County Sheriff wrote: "Bob, you are right... It
is time for Maricopa County to have a sheriff not a character from
Goodfellas. I will immediately restructure the MCSO into an accountable
chain of command. The size of the bloated command staff will be reduced.
A complete and open audit of all sections of the agency will be
conducted, to include performance evaluations. All will be held to the
highest standards and ethical principles. I will implement a mandatory
and continuing ethics and professional standards training program for
every employee. Employee attendence and comprehension of the policies
will be documented and compliance will be enforced. I will have an
effective and accountable professional standards unit that will report
directly to the Office of the Sheriff. Supervisory staff will be
expected to comply with, model, and enforce the high standards and
expectations that will be in place. I will not tolerate the lawless,
arrogant culture that has been allowed to flourish for the last 18
years. The employees will no longer live in fear of a tyrannical,
backwards politician and can finally realize their professional goals.
Once we implement these changes, I will apply for accreditation of the
MCSO to insure that the agency becomes a leading law enforcement
organization that has the trust and confidence of the communities that
we serve."

I'm beginning to like this guy.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

sounds nice, I would also get rid of their brown uniforms. Makes me think of.... Gestapo agents.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I plan to e-mail Mr. Perez and ask him two questions.

1. How many more human beings have to be murdered by the MCSO before your office does anything EFFECTIVE at stopping these badged criminals.

2. Would Mr. Perez like me to loan him one of my testicles, if necessary, in order for him to answer question #1.

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

I'm sure that the Feds have more than enough evidence to arrest the sorry old tool, I also have to look at the other side of an outright arrest.  I have no doubt that attempting to walk in and put cuffs on Arpiao would lead to a shootout in downtown Phoenix Arizona.  The WellsFargo Building would become the modern day Tombstone... "Shoot out at the DickHead Corral...2012"....  Any other thoughts?

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I think you may be on to something, of course it wouldn't be the flaccid fool himself doing any shooting, is too much of a punk for that, he would be looking for the nearest closet to go and hide in, but he does have a bunch of fanatical sandbilly followers that are dumb enough to try to shoot it out with the Feds to defend this criminal.

Jason
Jason

If the DOJ wants to achieve truly lasting reform over at MCSO, they need to get the Flaccid Failure indicted.

The DOJ has PLENTY of evidence to indict the senile old fool. What the hell are they waiting for?

I'm personally looking forward to seeing the series finale of the Joe Show! (indictments and perp-walks)

Guest
Guest

 So I ask the obvious; why doesn't Holder charge him with a criminal offense?

 Talk with no charges makes Eric look like the racist............., or is racism still a one way street?

Tina
Tina

This is the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ, which is the way they operate from what we've been told.   Their objective is to get the agency (MCSO) straightened out and on the right track with judicial oversight.    I think most people are of the understanding that the other criminal charges will come separately.

david saint
david saint

Holder was an Asst AG back under Clinton, and he dealt very similarly with the NJ state police when they were accused of profiling...ill give him leeway due to his being successful with that case, but the clock is ticking...

woefatcat
woefatcat

I can paraphrase Joe's letter for you all:
"Dear DOJ,
Fuck Off!.
Love, Joe"

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Wow, nobody at MCSO who understands reading comprehension, it seems. The DOJ letter made perfect sense to me. Almost all of the evidence they had was gleaned from Joe's records. Maybe this confuses him because he though they had already destroyed the incriminating stuff? Who knows? Seriously, if Joe was really qualified to be a L.E.O., he would be a good enough investigator to have already gone through this data and figured out what they'd use against them.

I guess that's what happens when you put a politician in as Sheriff, horribly inept investigator, wonderful at double-speak to keep himself popular.

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

I've noticed through this news outlet and several others that there are a lot of comments that say anyone against Joe Arpaio and his handling of MCSO are people who have dealt with the jail.  So for the record: I'm white, I've never been arrested.
Whether it will be applauding the DOJ for arresting this man or whether it's going to be using my vote to say I am against the racist and deplorable tactics this man has used against my fellow citizens of this county - 2012 has got to be the year this ends.

Native Guns
Native Guns

It's seems to me that the only way to belittle the F.F. in public, is to retort to his level of unprofessional imbecilities. That means, using the media/PR stunts to send messages back to the modern-day Barney Fife at the MCSO. And that is what we are seeing here with the D.O.J.'s "responses" to the lame old unlaw dawg.

Coz
Coz

Just charge Bozo Joe with Federal crimes and be done with it.

Jason
Jason

Has the DOJ or the USAO responded to you after you turned that tape over?

Coz
Coz

No, but I do know they have it.

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