Anti-Arpaio Ad Stretches Facts: "432 Sex Crimes Ignored" Not Accurate, (Though Truth Isn't Much Better)

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These statements punctuate a powerful new TV ad that slams Sheriff Arpaio for his scandal involving poorly investigated sex-crimes cases. However, the figures in the ad are exaggerations.

After skewering Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's fabrications in a recent political ad, we'd be remiss not to mention how a new anti-Arpaio ad bends the truth.

The powerful ad by Valley musician Devin Fleenor and Citizens for Professional Law Enforcement, which aired on TV for the first time yesterday, shows a girl recounting a sexual assault -- as the man's hand closes on her shoulder, implying he still hasn't been brought to justice.

"Sheriff Arpaio -- why didn't you do something?" the girl cries.

It was a clever and poignant way to show the pain suffered by the victims of Arpaio's scandal.

But the ad is weakened near the end with a falsity, displayed in bold letters, that the scandal involved "432 Sex Crimes Ignored -- 432 Victims Silenced."

See also- Sheriff Arpaio Distorts Truth in Ad About Sex-Crimes Investigations

See also- Joe Arpaio's Sex Crimes Debacle Eviscerated in New Video by Devin Fleenor

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A scene from Devin Fleenor's powerful ad about Sheriff Arpaio's bungled sex-crimes investigations.

In fact, 432 cases were reopened after problems were discovered with the way they were investigated. Not all of those cases represent "ignored" investigations, and they don't represent a total of 432 victims.

When asked Fleenor about this today, he admitted that part of the ad is "loose interpretation" of the facts.

We have to give him credit -- he's more honest than Arpaio, who likely will never admit his ad on the sex-crimes screw-up is full of lies and distortions, (even though we proved it is.) Arpaio, if you'll recall, last year questioned whether any victims from his incompetent sex-crimes unit actually existed.

While Fleenor's ad misstates some facts, overall it's good representation of the horror of this scandal. Without question, dozens of sex-abuse victims suffered injustice -- and sometimes repeated attacks -- because of Arpaio's mismanagement.

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Image: Nicole Smith
Devin Fleenor, the ad's creator, is a local musician and anti-Arpaio activist.

According to an article in the Arizona Republic's new series on the bad sex-crimes investigations, 36 cases were not investigated at all. (The Sheriff's Office, apparently lying to cover its tracks, claims only 15 went uninvestigated.) More than 200 cases were missing supplemental reports, wrote the Repub's JJ Hensley, revealing a lack of follow-up by detectives.

As our in-depth story from February showed, (and which was first exposed in the "old" East Valley Tribune's Pulitzer-prize winning 2008 series), Arpaio let his sex-crimes unit founder as he put his efforts into pet projects like immigration enforcement and an anti-corruption task force that itself was corrupt.

As we know from our research from that article, the main story behind Fleenor's ad -- that of the abused girl let down by Arpaio -- symbolizes many other cases handled by the Sheriff's Office. We told you about one, for instance, in which a girl accused her father of molesting her in what authorities called a very credible and prosecutable case. But the Sheriff's Office never interviewed the girl's father, who would have been easy to find because at the time of the allegations, he was in an Arizona prison.

Arpaio's bungled sex-crimes cases are a tragedy that need no embellishment.

See the ad below:

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jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

noarpaio.com to donate. This ad needs to run many more times.

thanksalotNT
thanksalotNT

Why is Ray Stern and the New Times, who are both supposed to be allied with the democrats and the anti-arpaio forces, calling attention to the tiny little meaningless misstated details in the video? No New Times readers would have even noticed the discrepancies if Ray Stern had not called attention to them. Everybody would have accepted the video ad in its entirety as truthful and it probably would have galvanized further support for our movement.

jhafford
jhafford

OK, can we cut to the chase here?  Our deputies raid City Hall in Mesa to arrest the cleaning crew instead of taking sexual predators off the street.  It doesn't matter the count - what matters is it's a gross miscarriage of justice and we ought not tolerate it being done in our names.  Vote Penzone and volunteer with MCDP.

betrayedinphx
betrayedinphx

This is all so sad. We're all working so hard to unseat our current sheriff (I can't even bring myself to type his name) and the straight truth is so horrifically awful, why would anybody need to "loosely interpret" anything? With so many irrefutable atrocities to choose from, I just don't understand why "loosely interpreted inaccurate misstatements" was chosen as the best way to go with the storyline. I'm so disappointed.

meeble
meeble

 I am Devin Fleenor and I stand behind the wording in this ad.  I disagree with how Stern, the writer of this article interpreted my statements.  When 432 cases sit there uninvestigated for 5 years, those victims (or potential victims) are being silenced.  We will never uncover all of the facts about these 432 cases now - thanks to Arpaio and his horribly incompetent team.

HaddieNuff
HaddieNuff

I see nothing false about the ad. The ignored sexual abuse crimes were only reopened after public opinion forced the matter years later.  The MCSO had agreed to implement new procedures into these types of cases in the late 1990s.  That did not happen.  Only now, after national exposure, were new procedures put into place and cases reopened for investigation.  Yeah, we got promises, but it appears nothing occurred beyond lip service until the Associated Press put out its piece.

 

Now after all those years...up to a decade in some cases... the MCSO can't find victims, or some victims don't wish to pursure the matter any longer.  And that makes what the MCSO did okay?  People move, and anyone who has been raped, or been close to someone who experienced this vile crime, understands that the victim (and yes there were victims!) really doesn't wish to relive that experience years later.  Recovery is long and difficult, and not too many are willing to go back. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

for those of you voting AGAINST Arpaio (both Penzone or Stauffer supporters) there is a good site up (by Penzone, but you should read it, even if you are a Stauffer supporter) that is explaining Joe's administrative failures, and how they are going to be dealt with (for you Stauffer people, you dont have to back Penzone, but its good info on JOE'S failures, that even you could use as to why we should support your candidate) the web site is www.ItsTimeForOutrage.com  and will be daily updated with new info on why we should be voting either Penzone or Stauffer instead of Joe. (to YPS, i am not pushing Penzone on you, even though i do support him, I am just putting out info of why we should vote for either of Joe's two opponents. if you support Stauffer, please, let us know what he will do to correct these problems. i am not trying to bag on him, i just havent heard what Stauffer wants to do about correcting these problems)

pantsonfire
pantsonfire

I wonder why the fleabag guy felt the need to lie. maybe he lies a lot and shouldn't be trusted.

titosan
titosan

joe arpaio fan and your product sucks, fuck you putos/putas, get off joke's leggs,

problaby while one of you buries the head in his rear the other blogs and viceversa

dread96821
dread96821

Arpaio is the Father of Lies. I don't understand how Andrew Thomas Davd Hendershott and the rest of those clowns (Lisa Auboshon) or howerever you spell her name, are all out of a job and disgraced, But Arpaio remains unscathed.That fat silly fool caused all this bullshit. How many millions of dollars in lawsuits and stolen money has Arpaio cost us? How many dead inmates at the Maricopa county jail will people tolerate? People like JoeArpaioFan are blind and foolish, or they are obviously planted by Arpaio and Chad Willems to confuse the electorate. The only god thing about Arpaio is that it is sad and tragic but yet entertaining to read and hear about his fuck ups. I miss Russell Pearce already. Maybe we can still beat up on these guys after they leave public office.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Just because his ad doesn't specifically say he'll go after sex criminals doesn't mean he hasn't and won't.  If he listed every crime he will attack his ad would be over an hour.  Penzone on the other hand accuses Arpaio of not being tough on crime but we all know that's a lie.  It would be Penzone who would not be tough on crime.  He screwed himself with his latest commercial.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Well folks, becauase Penzone is an admitted wife-beater if he is elected (which won't happen) he would ignore domestic violence cases.  And there are more of those than there are sex crimes.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Another case of the left believing the end justifies the means.

 

"But the ad is weakened near the end with a falsity..."  This phrase could correctly be the conclusion of almost every article lemons writes.

meeble
meeble

What part of the ad do YOU feel is inaccurate or false?  Arpaio admitted to 432 cases that were not properly investigated.  Arpaio apologized to the victims.  So many years went by in these cases that we will never know exactly how many victims were silenced by not receiving the justice they deserve.

shameonyou
shameonyou

too late dude, your integrity has been impugned. you should have thought about this before playing fast and loose with the facts. honesty is always the best policy, ask your parents why they didn't explain that concept to you.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @HaddieNuff its bad enough that it happened, but then to be blown off, and only have it brought up 5-10 years later just to blow smoke up your ass as to it actually being looked into so you can get some votes.....Joe is just as bad as the rapists, he is still victimizing these people. they are just a convenience to him, they arent victims to Joe (we heard his apology)

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy

 Well, previously YPS was very articulate about Penzone being a better choice than Stauffer.  He claims to be an MSCO deputy who does not like Arpaio but isn't willing to settle for "anybody as long as it isn't Joe"... but who knows.  Jason claims that YPS is Rachel Alexander.  I'm not sure I buy that either.

 

Who ever he/she is, he/she likes to nip at ankles and bark a lot.

meeble
meeble

 @pantsonfire I am Devin Fleenor and I stand behind the wording in this ad.  I disagree with how Stern, the writer of this article interpreted my statements.  When 432 cases sit there uninvestigated for 5 years, those victims (or potential victims) are being silenced.  We will never uncover all of the facts about these 432 cases now - thanks to Arpaio and his horribly incompetent team.

aztek1123
aztek1123

 @titosan Get a life and at least learn to use spell check.It sounds even more stupid than it would if you could write and spell English!

 

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

 @dread96821Daffy JAFfy is actually nothing but a troll and a pot stirrer.  There is no way that any person can be as incredibly stupid and ignorant as his posts make him sound.  I believe he thrives on negative attention.  I am willing to bet that he picks his nose and eats his boogers in order to get a rise out of people.

 

wtf...
wtf...

 @JoeArpaioFan how much do you get paid to write comments about Penzone and support fat Joe?.... no seriously!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @JoeArpaioFan The only thing the MCSO shurf is tough on is wasting valuable and limited taxpayer dollars on frivolous bullshit.

 

Penzone will be tough on crime, unlike your failure of a hero, mentor and savior the MCSO shurf.

meeble
meeble

 @JoeArpaioFan You repeating BLATANT LIES does not make them true.  Have you read the police report of this singular incident?  I'm betting you haven't.  Just like all of your other posts, this one is a useless failure.  You really are a fan of Arpaio, aren't ya?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @JoeArpaioFan The fact that the Flaccid Fraud of MCSO intentionally chose not to investigate 432 sex crimes against children is just sickening.

 

BTW, Penzone is not an admitted woman beater (like disgraced former state Senator Scott Bundgaard). He was listed as the VICTIM by Phoenix police. 

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @yourproductsucks this is just a matter of semantics. okay, maybe he shouldnt have used the word "ignored." just use the word "botched" or pick an adj. Ray says there were not 432 victims. so how many were there ray? if you count the family members and the other people victimized by these scuzzes it wasprobably more.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @yourproductsucks "but the ad is weakend near the end with a falsity...." can NOT be said about any of Arpaio's though. if it said "but the ad is weakend right from the start with falsities......"  then it would represent Arpaio's ads

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

@yourproductsucks Left or right, the incredible failures of MCSO can not be justified or defended. Is that why you attack the author?

Bnbk
Bnbk

 @meeble

 Devin,is there an mailing address available for people that wish to donate by check ? Some of our senoir citizens still prefer this method of payment.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @meeble not only did joe blow off these cases, he assigned 4 officers to investigate ALL sex crimes. 2 of them he sent to the honduras to train honduran investigators. (having over 400 uninvestigated cases on your desk does not make you qualified to train anyone in investigative techniques). while all this was happening, joe assigned 2 qualified investigators to one rape victim, and had them stick to the case for 7 years till it was solved. why he did that was because her out of state father had political clout. so if you dont have anything to help joes political agenda.......your case goes nowhere. joe does not serve or enforce justice, he rents and sells it. 400 plus victims and their families in el mirage had nothing to offer joe politically, so he did nothing for them. he was elected to enforce law not to select what laws to enforce

meeble
meeble

 @shameonyou  Playing fast and loose with the facts? My statements are factual, and your commentary / critique of my honesty and/or character is unfounded and worthless.  The 432 cases were ignored by the MCSO for many years, period.  That is a fact, and the wording I chose for the ad reflect that fact.

JamesKing
JamesKing

 @wherewasi  @danzigsdaddy Hi, Phoenix friends! Much love from the Big Apple -- I miss you all.

I know for a fact that YPS is not Rachel Alexander. Just thought I would inject that into the conversation -- without taking a side in the Stauffer/Penzone discussion. Carry on -- as you all do so well :)  

HaddieNuff
HaddieNuff

 @wherewasi  Thank you! I've long thought the same thing about JAF.  He posts things no one can really be stupid enough to believe, just to get us all riled up and reacting to what he posts. 

 

It would be nice if we had an ignore button on here, but meanwhile, reacting to him just encourages more of the same.  DFTT!

 

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @wtf... Nothing!  How much do you get paid by Penzone to attack Arpaio?  Penzone employs at least a dozen of the people here on this blog and each Arpaio attack comment posted means more cash in your pocket.  But keep in mind that this rag is read by very few people so basically it's like you are talking to a brick wall.  Nobody cares and even if you posted a thousand stories it wouldn't influence the election in Penzone's favor.  People have already made up their mind that Arpaio is the winner. 

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

 @wtf...  @JoeArpaioFan I know, right?  I could use a few bucks by pretending to be an ignorant prick Arpaio supporter on the PNT....lol

 

Just point me to where it can be done.

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @MaskedMagician1967 Penzone will be tough on crime??? HA!!!  He will fail to prosecute domestic violence cases because he is of course an admitted wife beater and he will release inmates early by claiming for overcrowding reasons. He will also fail to catch illegal aliens even though his website says he will enforce immigration law.  He's not qualified to be sheriff.  His latest ad implies that he won't arrest illegals at all. He is sympathetic towards anchor baby brats.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @MaskedMagician1967  Penzone is actually a good example of the fact of people have jaded thinking. He was in an altercation with his wife and they both said he never hit her, yet people assume he is a wife beater. Could whatever caused the argument have been avoided? Sure, I bet it could have.  Does the fact he and his wife had an argument , make him a poor choice as sheriff? Hardly. I am sure even Joe and Ava have had arguments, and we know Stauffer has a temper also. There is no cop who is above reproach or with out his own personal failings. If they were perfect, Dever wouldn't have had alcohol in his system when  he was driving, and border agent Ivie wouldn't have been killed by friendly fire. Name me one person who has never had a momentary lapse in judgement and I will call you a liar. Do I personally think Penzone is a better candidate then Stauffer? Yes, but that is my opinion. I also think Stauffer is a better candidate than Arpaio. Dever had a lapse in judgement and it cost him his life, it does not change the fact he did his job. The border agents had a lapse in judgement and it cost Ivie his life. Joe has constant lapses in judgement and it is costing many people their lives and or safety. Joe's lapses are no longer momentary, they are becoming more frequent and are no longer lapses of judgement, rather they are becoming gaps of missing common sense. Part of what makes us human is our ability to forgive. Stauffer is a hot head, i can forgive that. Penzone had an argument with his wife and she assaulted him with a hockey stick, I can forgive them both. Dever slipped and drank the night he died, I can forgive him. Arpaio though? He has cost many people their lives and shattered hundreds more. He has done this with no remorse and continues to do so. For this, I can not forgive him

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @MaskedMagician1967 You obviously didn't read the article otherwise you wouldn't have made an ignorant filled comment like this one-

"The fact that the Flaccid Fraud of MCSO intentionally chose not to investigate 432 sex crimes against children is just sickening."

 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @GreenHornet  that last sentence is a damn good point. rape can affect entire families. very good point that many people overlook 

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @jonnyquest  I wasn't defending or justifying a thing.  lying and embellishing aren't necessary in order to make arpaio look bad.

JamesKing
JamesKing

 @youproductsucks No shit. But I'm a Bills fan -- just like Mr. Hegstrom over there at the Joe Arpaio propaganda ministry. I'm not saying there's any more glory in being a Bills fan, but at least they play in New York.

Good to hear from you, YPS and HaddieNuff. New email is jking@villagevoice.com. Don't be strangers.

 

-JK

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @JamesKing  What will Jason use now when he has no intelligent retort to my opinions?

 

Jets suck, BTW.  

HaddieNuff
HaddieNuff

 @JamesKing    Nice to hear from you!  :}  Yeah, I'm sure we all know that really isn't Rachel Alexander, but it's fun to play the game anyway.

 

It's just like some of these pro-Joe posters that I'd like to accuse of really being joe, except that it requires some technology to post.  Plus, it's difficult to imagine someone so senile he has to have his name on absolutely everything just to remind himself who he is, as actually being able to string more than three written words together.  He barely can do that when he's speaking (e.g. I don't recall...).

 

meeble
meeble

 @JoeArpaioFan  @MaskedMagician1967

"because he is of course an admitted wife beater".  BULLSHIT.  He never "beat" his wife - you are just regurgitating some vile vomit that has been spewing out of DeeDee Blase over the past 2 months.  You clearly have no ability to research the facts.  Try again.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @JoeArpaioFan "He is sympathetic towards anchor baby brats."

 

Um, you DO know that the Wong Kim Ark vs. United States U.S. Supreme Court ruling, issued in 1898 and has stood the test of time for more than 110 years, was issued while a Republican (William McKinley) was president and the Court was guaranteed Republican?

 

You also know that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, you know, that pesky lil amendment that awards your dumb ass due process, also grants you American citizenship, right?

 

I didn't think so. Enjoy the history lesson. STFU. Prick.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Now I sound like a lawyer. Note that I never said your ad was untruthful. Nor do I agree with the article's conclusion. In fact I have donated to your effort and Penzone's campaign.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

@youproductsucks @jonnyquest You sound like a lawyer.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

@youproductsucks @jonnyquest Ah, so you agree with this article.

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