Justice Department Lets MCSO Know It's Suin', While Joe Arpaio Releases Booklet Detailing How His Office Ought to Operate

arpaio-smug-window.jpg
With a lawsuit coming against Joe Arpaio and company, Arpaio releases a booklet saying his office is going to clean up its act.
UPDATE: As a reader pointed out, the Wall Street Journal says "people familiar with the matter" claim the lawsuit's being filed tomorrow.

The Department of Justice sent letters notifying Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyers that the DoJ's suing the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office "in order to remedy the serious Constitutional and federal law violations" the department found in its investigation.

In the letters, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez keeps it brief, saying the DoJ intends to file the civil lawsuit since the department can't seem to get the MCSO's cooperation through "voluntary means."

Perez notes that it's been 100 days since the findings of the investigation were released, and the DoJ hasn't met with MCSO's lawyers since early February.

The Justice Department had drawn up a draft agreement for the Sheriff's Office, saying it was willing to negotiate, but that didn't happen, as Arpaio complained that he wouldn't "surrender" his office to a federal monitor.

A previous letter from DOJ deputy assistant Attorney General Roy Austin pointed out that the monitor's duties weren't even set, as that was supposed to be part of the whole negotiations process Arpaio and company refused.

Montgomery had previously demanded that the DoJ turn over evidence of its claims of racial profiling by the Sheriff's Office, although Austin wrote that he and his colleagues have "repeatedly explained" to Montgomery that they're not turning over information unless it's in federal court.

Now that the DoJ lawsuit has turned the lawsuit from a threat into an intent, Arpaio's released his apparent response -- a booklet telling MCSO employees not to be racist, and claiming that they're really cleaning up their act over there.

The booklet includes a forward from Arpaio, which we'll reprint part of below:

Recently [...] it seems that my high-profile nature and that of my Office, along with my willingness to take on difficult and at times controversial issues, have led some people to feel dismayed, even alienated, particularly as it relates to our Hispanic community.

These concerns are fueled by an unfortunate use of language that compounds rather than describes the problem. Terms like "culture of cruelty" and "racist" are tossed about in headlines and sound bites, while information to support these claims is not offered or communicated through the mainstream media.

I do not tolerate racist attitudes or behaviors. We at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office do not foster a "culture of cruelty." But because perception can be more powerful than fact, I want to address these concerns openly and focus on community-based goals and procedures which affirm our commitment to the highest professional standards.

The rest of the booklet is a code of conduct of sorts for MCSO employees, touting "bias-free law enforcement," "an unwavering commitment to the protection of Constitutional rights for all," and the "need to reinforce public trust" with that bias-free enforcement.

Another excerpt from the booklet, which sounds like an indirect response to the DoJ's findings:

To ensure bias-free law enforcement and detention services, our Office will:

  • Enforce policies and procedures that ensure equal law enforcement protection and detention services
  • Develop and implement policies specific to bias-free law enforcement and detention services
  • Enhance and mandate training focused on bias-free practices
  • Improve upon the areas of community outreach and interpersonal communication.
  • Monitor enforcement actions and jail practices for adherence to constitutional requirements
  • Improve the methods used to capture statistics relating to traffic stops, searches and arrests
  • Expand public access to pertinent, accurate information relating to the above

There's also a response to the bungled sex crimes in the new booklet, as the Sheriff's Office acknowledges the cases "were not completed to industry standards."

The booklet claims the MCSO is dealing with it, adding new detectives to the sex-crimes unit, and ordering an internal audit by a panel of supervisors, including advisers from the County Attorney's Office.

A later section goes on to describe complaints from the community, and says it'll update employees about preventing retaliation "claims," among other things.

In short, it's a booklet on what the Sheriff's Office ought to be, and it's a couple decades late for Arpaio.

And if this is actually an attempt to counter the DoJ's intentions of a lawsuit, well, good luck.

Read the letter below:

Notice Ltr Sheriff 050912

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
51 comments
Tommy Collin
Tommy Collin

So, after only nineteen and a half years the Old Goober is going to try to turn the agency around with a booklet that basically says, "We are going to start doing what we should have been doing all along".

Not good enough, Shurf.

Even the Feds now understand your motive and won't drop the lawsuit simply because you are spreading more mush about what you think might need to be done.

ACTION speaks louder that written words.

He is certainly showing signs of dementia (in my lay opinion, of course).

IndieCon
IndieCon

 Lawsuit? Thats what you do when your neighbor plants a garden on your side of the lawn.

 This really makes the DOJ look like they've been bullshitting, because if I break the law I'm going straight into jail. Who the hell has ever had the police sue them after being caught committing a crime? They don't, ever. You get perp-walked, so where is it here??
 If Eric, traitorous ass gun-runner, Holder has evidence to convict Joe he should file charges and arrest his ass.
 Seriously though, when did the justice dept. go from enforcing the law to suing in court? This makes no sense whatsoever.

DesertDweller79
DesertDweller79

I love that Arpaio has now published a document which essentially says that he knows he is guilty of the DOJ accusations.  Right before they sue him.

If only I didn't live here and wasn't forced to watch my tax money going to defend this idiot.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Let us all pause, raise a glass, and toast the fact, that in a bit over 3 hours,  Candy "the rump Ranger", the Wicked Witch of the East Valley, and  Ms "Natural oil in the hair is good if left there for months" will no longer be able to practice law in AZ!

Who's going to flip on Joke first?

Arizona Eagletarian
Arizona Eagletarian

Bring the case to TRIAL. No more negotiating with the corrupt sheriff.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

A 17 page booklet  on how to be a good MCSO Jackbooted thug?  I get a booklet longer then 17 pages when I buy a toaster!

Sgtortiz641
Sgtortiz641

How comical.  Eric Holder, The douchebag bro of the prez is gonna sue Joe?  Good luck!  The filth, sleaze and utter coruption in the "Just Us" dept is being more apparent to all.  Sherrif Joe will Counter sue and expose the whole thug fraud that is the Obumbo "Just Us" dept!

narizona
narizona

The really scary part is all his old fart supporters think the same way as him. That is how he has them scared of illegall aliens , What a sick old F*** he is!

Coz
Coz

To little to late for Bozo Joe Arputo.
Charge this F-er with crimes already.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Sigh.

Here we go again with yet another waste of millions of taxpayer dollars for yet another lawsuit created by none other than the Flaccid Fraud of MCSO and the Gestapo Goons. A lawsuit which everyone knows the MCSO shurf will lose.

I sure hope the DOJ completes its criminal abuse of power investigation and hands up criminal indictments. It's way past due for Maricopa County taxpayers.   

Norma
Norma

He's just buying more time.  DoJ better file the lawsuit.

Dgdobo
Dgdobo

Was it written in crayon?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

And of course, all monitoring for compliance with these rules WILL BE INTERNAL.

Excuse me, I forgot that it will also be overseen by Bill Montgomery who is even more CHICKENSHIT SCARED of the MCSO organized crime family than Thomas was.

How ignorant do you have to be to think this racist culture of cruelty will change anything as long as a narcissistic sociopath like Joe is in charge?

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

By what I see written it this book, Arpaio's admitting to being guilty of much of what the feds charged, and seemingly is now going to attempt to develope policies to correct it.

Arpaio is a fool.   Today he gave the feds a written admission of guilt with his "booklet."  I'd like to see how he's going to defend himself in court now.  

"I wrote the book, but I've never read any of it"
"I don't remember"

Hmmm?  Think the judge is going to buy his pat answers in this case?  I don't.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

I knew something was going to hit this week.  First the non-employer sanctions raid, now todays drug warrant attempting to be served by the SWAT team.  One person was in the house, hopefully it'll be the real bad guy this time and they don't burn down the house and/or kill the dog and laugh about it in front of the owner(s) and neighbors.

Arpaio's arrogant response today-too late, and his mismanagement and malfeasance to date are just sickening.

Arpaio put himself in this catch-22.  He said he wouldn't change how he does things and he won't deal with the feds.  Now he's going to be sued and lose in court, when he could have just done his freakin job, acted like a grown-up and sat down with the feds and hammered out a deal.

And who has been and will continue to pay for his malfeasance and high priced lawyers?  Maricopa County taxpayers!

I just hope I get the chance to vote Arpaio out of office before the feds serve him his arrogance on a plate.

Oh yeah, soon we'll be hearing from puppet Montgomery, stomping his feet and throwing a trantrum defending Arpaio, even though, he's NOT ACTUALLY DEFENDING ARPAIO in this matter.

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

"The more paperwork a politician can generate, the more he has to cover his ass"

Soviet proverb.

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

"while information to support these claims is not offered or communicated through the mainstream media."

Maybe no media source HE reads, but it's been all over the place.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Joe's on record saying he arrests hispanics " just for spite " even when they are citizens of the United States. Then the folks of Maricopa County get to pony up $ for false arrest. Joe should take his pension and disappear. peace

Bobby
Bobby

I'm glad your'e so clear on what the "Feds" motives are. Such trust in a huge, disconnected central power is touching Tommy.

Coz
Coz

I totally agree, if any normal person committed the crimes Bozo Joe and his command staff have committed, we would have been in prison long ago.
Total bullshit.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I agree with your sentiment 100%, and we all know the flaccid fool is as guilty as sin, the problem here is that he sets the policy and his clown posse of so called Law Enforcement Officers are the ones that go out there and commit the crimes for him, so in this case you would have to arrest the entire department.

PeeOnTea
PeeOnTea

Ahem! So far  this is a "civil" case; however, criminal charges could follow if the DOJ wins the case. You might want to look up Civil vs. Criminal law. Unahem!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 The feds will be here on Thursday to serve the legal papers!

Sgtortiz641
Sgtortiz641

Yes but 15 pages are in Chinese.  Nice try but you FAIL.

Americal69
Americal69

bs   all you got is some questions about a program Bush started.  bet you're gettin' played.  go ahead demand some answeres, don't complain when they come.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Why do all of you tea bagger Joke arPayaso supporters always choose Spanish sounding names?  you are fooling no one but yourself.

Coz
Coz

Put the crack pipe down...

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 You do know that Holder is a Republican, right?

Look it up.  Rush and Fox will never tell you that FACT!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 "Color these pictures of criminals.
For extra credit, make sure they aren't all brown."

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 Arpaio has few options at this point.  None of them smell as good as cat poop.  How to choose?  This booklet and "Turning a decaying agency around!" may have been his best guess of the best option of what he had to pick from.  

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Hasn't made the National Enquirer, yet, that's why.

IndieCon
IndieCon

 If a crime has been committed the perp. is arrested. It's not a stretch to nail Joe if, as the DOJ keeps saying, he's a criminal.
 To go year after year simply releasing statements is bs in the tenth degree. They need to either file charges and remove him (if not arrest him), or shut up already. Holder looks the fool for doing this, and now has to up the ante a bit. A lawsuit won't do it. There has to be formal charges.

 Semper Fi

IndieCon
IndieCon

 After years of bs the only substance is a civil case? That still hasn't actually happened? Criminal charges are not dependent on a lawsuit being won. This is asshole politics plain & simple. Perp walk Joe or let it go.......

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I hope they have a set of Federal issued handcuffs for the flaccid fool, but that is too much to ask.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 The MCSO booklet is in Chinese?  I could see it was written in "Ignorant-Moron, the AZ Dialect", but not Chinese!

Bobby
Bobby

Spoken like a true everything Spanish nationalist.

Sgtortiz641
Sgtortiz641

RINO- Republican in name only.  Common tactic with facist scumbags.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

A federal indictment on criminal charges for abuse of power filed the same day the civil case gets filed would perfect, IMO, it's way past time.

Arpaio's "booklet" is an absolutely disgusting self serving piece of work, and I've only read the first several pages so far!

It really brings to question whether Arpaio is even mentally sound of mind.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Let's recall that he doesn't seem to 'read' alot. Including the very books that supposedly tell somewhat true stories about him. I think he has quite a bit 'read' to him but that seems to be the extent of any research he might be involved in.

Bobby
Bobby

You must understand, people that commit crime in Arizona, like crossing the U.S. border illegally, are the criminals, not the sheriff. Your thinking is a bit inverted.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Perhaps a pale lime green color, to match his complexion, eh?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 I think you typed that way too quickly. He will never be able to keep up.

Bobby
Bobby

You'd be surprised who he worked for. Why don't you look the mans resume up. It shames most Americans when it comes to the service and dedicated leadership this man has provided this country with, compared to people like Parraz, Snow and the typical community organizers that tear down the U.S. and its laws.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 Republican in party affiliation, and tell me, who he worked for in the past!

He's ONE OF YOU!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 "Extra credit - some are was white as a snowflake in Idaho.  See JT Ready on the 2008 Apaio campaign poster"

Oma
Oma

"It really brings to question whether Arpaio is even mentally sound of mind."He's not.  

Now Trending

Phoenix Concert Tickets

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

Loading...