Will Joe Arpaio Cooperate With the Feds Or Lead Taxpayers Into Another Pricey Lawsuit?

Jamie Peachey
Joe Arpaio: America's most expensive sheriff.
Happy January 4! Today's the day we'll find out whether Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will cooperate with the federal government in correcting some of the problems outlined in the Department of Justice's report on the MCSO's alleged racial profiling practices -- or lead taxpayers head-first into another pricey lawsuit.

As of May, defending the MCSO in legal cases has cost Maricopa County taxpayers more than $50 million since America's priciest sheriff took office in 1993, according to the County Risk Management Department -- and let's not forget about the roughly $100 million he "misspent" over the last eight years..

Last month, the DOJ accused Arpaio of overseeing a law enforcement organization that's guilty of the worst racial-profiling practices in U.S. history.

The feds gave Arpaio until today to decide whether he'll cooperate with them in fixing the problems. If he declines, the DOJ has threatened to take him to court.

Despite his costly, litigious history, Arpaio says he hopes he'll be able to cooperate with the DOJ.

"We're gonna cooperate -- do the best we can," the sheriff said last month. "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."

Well...the facts the sheriff's able to "recall," anyway.

It remains unclear what the sheriff means by "cooperate" -- the Arizona Republic quotes MCSO Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre as saying the MCSO has drafted a letter to the DOJ pledging cooperation.

However, he also says the following:

"You can't take a handful of anecdotes and say that's a systemic problem. In the letter we're going to tell them we're going to cooperate. But cooperation is a two-way street."

We want to know what you think, though: will Arpaio actually cooperate with the feds, or is Maricopa County headed into yet another lawsuit?

Cast your vote below.

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I bet the letter was written in crayon....

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Happy Birthday to my daughter today too, Mr. King.......

If he "cooperates" it will not be 100%.  Who knows what Joe's office has done since he was "warned" and given plenty of time to remove "evidence".

What I say is purely speculation so any of you Eleanor haters don't be getting your friggin panties in a wad about me on this one. 

Rebel Diaz
Rebel Diaz

Yes I do admit that "hate" you. But more importantly, what "evidence" are you "speculating" on? Hasn't the flaccid fool been given "plenty of time"(4 years to be exact) to remove any "evidence" of racial profiling?

Your mantra is getting old, lady. Just let show go on and we'll see what happens next. My best bet, is that DOJ's won't be doing much in terms of policy changes within the MCSO. I'd be surprised if they reformed the whole Sheriff's system.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

If you want to talk shit to me at least try and make some sense.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Very true Eleanor, and in true Sheriff Joke arPayaso's fashion, expect more of the same, stonewalling, deceit, and running around the ring pretending to fight and putting up a dog and pony show for his gullible supporters, and finally when he is cornered he suddenly doesn't "Recall",  America's self proclaimed "toughest Sheriff" becomes America's Dumbest and Meekest victimized Sheriff.

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