Joe Arpaio Struggles in Racial-Profiling Trial to Answer Examples of Seemingly Bigoted Leadership

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Here's a shot from the testimony Arpaio gave last year in the case of former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Cameras weren't allowed in the courtroom today, but Arpaio dressed similarly for his testimony during the ongoing racial-profiling trial.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a self-promoting bigot of a politician who influences his deputies with discriminatory ideas that flow down from the top.

 

That was the underlying theme of hours of questioning by Stanley Young, one of the lawyers who represents Hispanics suing the county in a major racial-profiling case that continued today. As the advocate for the Hispanic plaintiffs in the case, Young did an impressive job using Arpaio's past statements, speeches and news releases to make the sheriff look like a racist.

Tim Casey, Arpaio's attorney, stole some of Young's wind during cross examination, allowing Arpaio to impress on U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow that reasonable explanations existed for many of Arpaio's outrageous quotes and antics.

The main question after today's testimony was whether Snow, the final arbiter in the jury-less trial, will perceive a strong link between Arpaio's bluster about illegal immigrants and how his deputies treated Hispanics.

Many details from the trial that began last week have been examined piecemeal by the public since the legal immigrant Ortega Melendres first launched his lawsuit in December 2007. But when these examples were placed back-to-back today by Young, Arpaio had to feel  bludgeoned.

Stanley Young

We related some of these examples in this morning's blog post. Some of the most damning anecdotes by Young came from the collection of bigoted letters that Arpaio kept in his "illegal immigration" file.

Time and time again, Arpaio would receive a letter from someone railing against "Mexicans" standing on street corners or speaking Spanish, and Arpaio would highlight what would appear to be the most bigoted portions of the letter just before distributing it to his staff or asking his secretary to write a thank-you letter to the sender. Close observers of Arpaio's office would have recognized many of Young's examples from both news articles and the allegations levied against Arpaio's office in December by the U.S. Justice Department.

Some of the letters that Arpaio forwarded to underlings were accompanied by brief, scribbled notes that encouraged some action, such as "handle this."

Arpaio swore that the notes didn't really mean anything, that he never followed up on his suggestions, and that his staff took care of all that nitty-gritty enforcement detail.

"When I sent those letters, it doesn't mean that I agree with them, or mean [MCSO employees] should take action," Arpaio said.

Still, the number of bigoted letters in which Arpaio sent the authors thank-you letters was staggering. He thanked a woman for telling him that "swarms" of Mexicans had approached the woman's car, thanked another writer who warned that "anglos" were in danger of losing their way of life.

In several Perry Mason moments, Arpaio denied that he said or did something, only to caught in traps by Young, who played videotapes of depositions and news conferences or presented Arpaio with his own previous statements. For instance, Young asked Arpaio if his policy was to go after illegal immigrants first, and their crimes second.

"That is not correct," Arpaio answered, his voice sounding tired. As he'd done during his testimony at the disciplinary hearings of former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, Arpaio claimed he had the flu.

Young then played the video from a news conference in which Arpaio states bluntly that he has a "pure" program that targets illegal immigrants and "not the crime first."

Arpaio said he was referring to the fact that, at the time, his deputies were cross-trained as immigration officers under the federal 287(g) program and could target immigrants even if they weren't connected with any state crime. The explanation didn't really help his case, though, if the object is to convince Murray that he's not discriminating.

Young moved so fast through his examples that he didn't always stop to check Arpaio's BS. At one point, he asked Arpaio whether he's called illegal immigrants "dirty." The sheriff admitted it was true but maintained the adjective was in context -- he'd been speaking about how Mexicans who have crossed the desert may be "heated," disheveled, and "dirty after four days in the desert."

However, Arpaio used the term in a different context during a 2009 interview with GQ magazine: "All these people that come over, they could come with disease. There's no control, no health checks, or anything. They check fruits and vegetables. How come they don't check people? No one talks about that! They're all dirty."

Young asked Arpaio if he believes it's possible to spot an illegal immigrant "if they look like they're from another country."

"No," Arpaio said flatly.

Young then played an excerpt from an interview with Glen Beck in which Arpaio said just that. Even Beck told him "that sounds like profiling," and Arpaio answered [in the video interview] that a 1996 law gives him the right to target people based on how they look.

"You think that someone without identification who looks like they just came from Mexico is an illegal immigrant?" Young asked.

"No," said Arpaio.

And Young played another tape that proved Arpaio wrong.



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brendapatrickkrom
brendapatrickkrom

If You Thought You could just come To America  Cartels and Murder USA Citizens  YOU THOUGHT WRONG !!!!  Our Sheriiff and Police Are Trying to do something ,  They need help to Protect our Borders and Arizona ... At Least theyre trying to protect Children in Mexico  from being prosituted in the USA and Our s  USA in Mexico !!!  No Child Deserves That !!! And What about the Women .Our  Women .  Did You Know That about Our Sherriff ... !!! Its not Only Mexico being Blood Shed  .What about Grandma getting Raped while Grandpa being beat by a meat Clever by a Illeagal Mexican , I saw the police reports Myself in 2000.  Ive heard a grandma beg for help because she was scared asking for  police help ... What about them Farming Families . They didnt even have a chance ....  

brendapatrickkrom
brendapatrickkrom

Its The Presidents Fault for not protecting USA  citizens !!!

brendapatrickkrom
brendapatrickkrom

Why are They Picking on Our Sherriff    ,He and are  Police were Train,d  By Our Goverment !!

hepcat11
hepcat11

Joke could not qualify to be one of his own deputies, and booze is quickly killing off the few brain cells the parasitic maggot has left.

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with... geometric logic... that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I'd have produced that key if they hadn't of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officers...

magyart
magyart

Vote AGAINST the politicians that support ILLEGAL migrants, over LEGAL residents.

obamaisacorn
obamaisacorn

Mexicans in quotes...?  Why?  They prefer to be called mexicans and less prefer latino. They are proud of their country and dont want to be washed out via liberal labels. 

 

Young: Joe, did you go after the illegals first, and their crimes second?  

Joe: illegal is a crime you dunce. 

vfeinstein
vfeinstein

Looks like Barney Fife just blew a huge hole in his own boat ... and he's sinking mighty fast ...

leskern
leskern

"Winning" will embolden him. Seems to me that lying on the stand is called perjury, and Joe was caught dozens of times, so shouldn't he be held in contempt? He's a pussy, lying to cover up what he is. Anyone who supports this man is a fucking retard and fellow racist. There can be no other explanation.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

Interesting thread. Mostly entertaining, with the name calling and threats of cyber assault. Very little substance, however.

 

I would suggest we honor the right of this person posting as "arpaiofan" to have his opinion and post it.

 

That said, however, I would also encourage those who post here to simply ignore arpaiofan and not play his game of entertainment.

 

I would also encourage arpaiofan to post something of substance based on deep thoughts, expressed in a professional manner without stooping to barroom profanity.

 

Thanks!

G-Money
G-Money

wE meXiCaNs LUV JOe sO sKReW yOU haTErs

USAPatriot
USAPatriot

Sheriff Joe is doing a fantastic job.  Long live Sheriff Arpaio!

RichardMendez
RichardMendez

I actually agree with what Sheriff Arpaio is doing.

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Stern: "If Arpaio manages to win re-election this November, the hope is that he'll be so tired of being portrayed as a racist that he'll stop acting like one."

 

Mr. Stern.  You claim Arpaio is acting like a racist.  Pray tell, which "race" is Arpaio acting like a racist against?  You are spreading misinformation and lies when you don't identify the race you're talking about.  Just once I'd like to read a column of yours which doesn't make me more ignorant after I read it than before I read it. 

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Ray Stern again!  Conflating Racism with Bigotry.  Also mispelling words with a passion "who representatives Hispanics".  Hispanics and Latinos are an ETHNIC GROUP, NOT A RACE!!!!  How can a person be a racist when the group of people they are bigoted against is NOT A RACE but an Ethnic Group? 

 

Brown people is NOT A RACE - Indigenous People ARE a race.  Now if you're talking about Native Americans or those who look like them, then yeah - that's racism.  But you're so racist you won't admit that the "RACE" you're saying Arpaio is a racist against is the part of the Hispanic Latino community that has Native American in them. 

 

You do a great disservice if you say someone is racist and then don't identify the race of the victim of that racism.  It's Native American (whether South Central or North American) genes in the Hispanic / Latino community the racists are against.  When the racists say they're afraid of  "reconquista", let's be clear - they mean that the Native Americans want to take back the lands that were stolen from them by the Europeans (e.g., Spaniards and Dutch and English and Porteguese and French).

 

Please Mr. Stern, stop trying to confuse people and add to the ignorance and hate on this issue - you can do that by identifying the "race" of the victims of "racism" CORRECTLY and stop the misspellings. 

 

Saying Hispanic and Latino does not identify the race of the victim, it identifies an ethnic group.  Racism means something specific -look it up if you're having trouble understanding this important nuance.

guest
guest

well, I'm just glad that we can all agree that these parasitic mexican anchor babies have got to go!

Quinn
Quinn

After reading yet another "America's Toughest Sheriff is under Attack" ad, I donated $0.02 to Americans for Sheriff Joe...

 

" Thank you so much for your support of Americans for Sheriff Joe! Together we are making our stand, and making a difference. For your records: .... Your donation of $0.02 has been recorded on 2012-07-25 12:55. Americans for Sheriff Joe National Support Center PO Box 8897 Pueblo, CO 81008 www.americansforsheriffjoe.com  "

 

Hope they can use my $0.02... Shame it costs them the processing fee.

hippieclones
hippieclones

 @USAPatriot usapatriot sounds like a traitor to me.  Americans are all Immagrants, building (were before Reagan) a better world for our children but that has left the bldg. due to fox, brain washing their sheep.  OCCUPY  OCCUPY

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

 @USAPatriot here you go patriot. Headlines read " he's struggling to answer questions......because he's a fucken liar and it's being shown

Salvador
Salvador

 @RichardMendez like not thoroughly investigating hundreds of sexual assault cases in maricopa county?

El_Extranjero
El_Extranjero

 @RichardMendez

 Sure you do!  Until you get stopped by one of his goons and be held in handcuffs for 4+ hours for no apparent reason.  Agree with him then!

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

 @RichardMendez what part Richard? Botching and not prosecuting cases? Racial Profiling? or screwing you and the Arpaio Fan? Probably the screwing cuz it feels good to you faggots

RichardMendez
RichardMendez

 @fairymagic13 Excuse me Sheriff Arpaio is not a racist. For your info, I am Mexican, I was born here and I grew up here. I am 23 years old. I am so sick and tired of my fellow Latinos claiming that it is okay for people to reside here illegally when it is not. Why is so many people against the sheriff upholding the law?

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Thank you for correcting the misspelling.  Now, if you could try to stop confusing people and adding to the ignorance of your readers regarding conflating racism and bigotry together.  Being a racist entails a whole lot more thought than being a bigot - it also requires a "race" to be racist against.  Hispanics and Latinos a race do not make.  If it is the Native American part of the Hispanics and Latino community you mean he's racist against then say so and stop using the Hispanic and Latino to cover up the real truth.  Then people will know what they are hating or why that bigots like Arpaio and his ilk are doing the hating and why they need to be stopped. 

 

The way you are reporting on this issue only increases the ignorance and confusion on this issue!

 

hippieclones
hippieclones

 @guest hey Spineless (nameless) whatever, we are a Human Race & everybody Deserves the same Rights, regardless of color, race or sex.  Where does it say,  "show me your papers"??? Nowhere & Never will, eventually all the Haters like you will die off & the world will be a better place.

 

wino255
wino255

 @guest this one is for you Richard Mendez

continue licking booty

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @guest Are you volunteering to change diapers?  I mean, when you got to go, you got to go - right?

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

 @arpaiofan

 your mom was the female star of the NBA all-star gang bang-her.

Extra vaseline edition.

hippieclones
hippieclones

 @RichardMendez  You been drinking the cool-aid I see...go back to sleep, my lil sheep.  We'll wake you after the Revolution!!!

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @RichardMendez

 Let me help you understand who you are.  If you were born here, you are American.  You may be of Hispanic or Latino heritage, but you are an American.  If you were born in Mexico, then you would be Mexican.  Was this just ignorance on your part or an effort to make a politcal statement?

 

Now, that said, since you are of Hispanic heritage and are likely dark complected, you are at high risk for being stopped by an MCSO deputy on some sort of pretext - like your brake light isn't bright enough - so that the Deputy also has an excuse to ask you to prove that you are an American citizen and then detain you for as long as the Deputy chooses in cuff's in the back of the Deputy's car until you can prove to the Deputy's satisfaction that you are a citizen.  Note that your drivers license doesn't state your place of birth so that isn't going to prove your citizenship.  Your birth certificate doesn't have a photo on it so the Deputy doesn't have to accept that either because you can't prove the it belongs to you. 

 

This is the result of Arpaio's racist practices.  You, a natural American citizen, will be stopped, detained and required to prove your citizenship solely because of the color of your skin, your Hispanic heritage, an accent in your voice, etc.

ToAll
ToAll

 @RichardMendez  @fairymagic13

 The issue, the law suit, the basic reason that so many people "is" against the sheriff is NOT what he does to illegals, but, (pay attention) what he does to U.S. citizens, veterans, Americans who are abused, detained, rounded up because they are brown. - THAT is against the law. 

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

 @RichardMendez because he doesnt....dont just look at the mexicans in question, look at all the cases he was suppose to enforce the law on and didn't...HUNDREDS of them. Listen to the meeting here on newtimes and hear for yourself how crooked the whole office is...denial is not good my friend, open your eyes and see the whole picture not just the racial profiling he is so good....Do shit right and it's ok, but not your way which doesnt enforce the laws...YOU ARE STUPID

hepcat11
hepcat11

arpukofart - you are making a stupid punk comment there since you obviously have no clue about the conflicts American military have fought and died in.

Salvador
Salvador

 @arpaiofan so you condone sexual abuse? your boy arpaio's office also mishandled hundreds of sexual abuse cases, you're a fan.

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