Joe Arpaio's Flip-Flop: MCSO Suddenly Not Arresting "Illegals," but Rescuing Thirsty Men

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Sheriff Joe Arpaio suddenly no longer is an anti-immigrant tough guy, at least according to his newest press release, which is extraordinarily politically correct.

Usually, a press release from Arpaio will describe how many "illegals" were arrested by the MCSO's Human Smuggling Unit, with their names, photos, and sometimes even a picture of all the people still crammed into the car during the ride over the border -- but not this time, after federal Judge G. Murray Snow's ruling that MCSO has to stop racial-profiling practices.

See also:
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-Joe Arpaio Blames Feds for MCSO's Racial Profiling, and Why He's Full of It
-MCSO Enjoined from Racially Profiling Latinos

Now, men, not "illegals" or "illegal immigrants," called 911, asking for help after walking through the desert for 10 days.

Don't worry about a language barrier, the Sheriff's Office had a Spanish translator to help with the call.

Arpaio is quoted, showing his alleged compassion for the migrants he's called "dirty" in the past.

Deputies -- from the same agency that did sweeps for undocumented people, has raided dozens of businesses to nab undocumented workers, whose employees swapped bigoted e-mails bashing Latinos -- have suddenly taken a different direction, as in this case, they "drove all six to the nearest convenience store at their request."

Instead of arresting the men and bringing them to jail on state smuggling charges, or turning them over to Border Patrol, they instead "contacted Border Patrol to notify them of the situation."

"The Sheriff's call was cleared when Border Patrol officers met up with the group as they were being dropped off by deputies," the end of the press release says.

Of course, no one would blame you for saying it looks like an act of ass-kissing on Arpaio's part, who looks to be creating the appearance of complying with Snow's order.

If you check out Judge Snow's ruling, he constantly points to Arpaio damning himself in his own press releases on a variety of causes.

Check out the nearly impossible-to-believe press release from Arpaio below:

Summary: SIX MEN WALKING IN DESERT FOR DAYS CALL SHERIFF FOR HELP
DEPUTIES FIND AND RESCUE ALL THIS MORNING
Dates and Time: June 3rd 7 a.m.
Location: Mile Post 89 on Interstate 8
Narrative:

(Gila Bend, AZ) Six men who say they have been walking through the Arizona desert for the past ten days and who were abandoned by their guide reached out to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office early this morning with a plea for help.

The men, who were out of water and relying on cactus water to survive, had become ill from a combination of the desert plant and the high temperatures before calling the sheriff for rescue.

Working in conjunction with a Spanish translator in the Sheriff's 911 call center, Sheriff's deputies were notified of the problem at 6:45 a.m. They responded to the area near the Gunnery range and within three hours, deputies had located all members of the group.

"If this was a case of human smuggling, as one of those rescued today indicated it was, then ultimately ours was a humanitarian effort," Arpaio says. "Sadly, human smuggling operations very often are conducted by people interested only in one thing - money and not the welfare of those they are smuggling."

According to Sheriff Arpaio who was briefed about the rescue, all six men were fortunate as they were in relatively good condition complaining only of extreme hunger and thirst. Deputies drove all six to the nearest convenience store at their request and then contacted Border Patrol to notify them of the situation. The Sheriff's call was cleared when Border Patrol officers met up with the group as they were being dropped off by deputies. END

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Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

This guy is as corrupt as they come! Are AZ voters that stupid or misinformed?

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

More dog and pony show theatrics from the king himself joe bananas,,his press releases become more and more like a comedy hour here. It has to be true joker joe said it!

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

I'll start caring about what joe does to illegals when they stop committing crimes, drive insured vehicles, stop taking welfare, and quit applying for scholarships meant for minorities who are in this country legally.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

I gotta give Joe and MCSO credit... only a few days after the ruling they find a way to spin their bullshit so they can look better at the upcoming hearings about monitors and such.... 

Joe and MCSO suck at Law Enforcement but sure do excel at slinging the bullshit

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

This reeks of the Old Fool attempting to avoid compliance with Judge Snow's orders.

I wonder why the hateful old man is suddenly trying to be human? Could it be he's scared he'll lose the 2016 election? I smell politics here.

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

WOW!!! Well it's just as I suspected, Lacy & Jim as well as Joe need to "Bury the Hatchet" cuz for the rest of us readers its bullshit, Joe needs to take them out to a nice dinner and let bygones be bygones.....seriously, its time to move on, this shits been going on for more than 10 years.

Napoleon Smith III
Napoleon Smith III

Sounds like someone over at New Times has taken over to push their own political agenda. Never smart as you will always be alienating half your readers. Also, Joe is popular in Phoenix. Why do you think he keeps winning. Get outside your bubble.

Nick A Thomas
Nick A Thomas

Edward Did you read how much he has cost the tax payors in law suit, miss appropreations of funds, built 4 buildings when the state is broke and his racist views for profits of Latinos, he will not get any fed money unless he changes his ways.??? Oh he is changing his ways for money again!

John Phoenix
John Phoenix

Edward: its because he is an insane racist, media whore.

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

Does the New Times have a personal vendetta against Sheriff Joe? I don't think I have ever read a single word that was positive about the man......did you guys have a bad experience with Joe? Did one of your staff members get busted by him or is this just more liberal BS and you don't like him because he's right-wing and a Conservative? Please tell us all why you constantly fuck with the man, because from my vantage point it looks like the New Times is a disgruntle and petty ex-lover!!!! BUHAHAHAHA!

car_del99
car_del99

I was wondering.. If judge Snow appoints a monitor.. can he audit every expense in the books ? I bet if he does . many will end up in prison..

goodguess
goodguess

old droopy drawere really musta bumped the noggin hard to have put forth this kind and gentle press release, what the hell, lisa allen must have changed the estrogen patch for once as well......"drove them to a concenience store at their request?", WTF?  Hee-fuckin-larius stuff!!!

DNichols
DNichols

The M.C.S.O. has thousands of Good Deputies, they have simply been lead by a Racist Tyrant for the last few years.

The same years that saw :

The Foreclosure Crisis, The Great Recession, Bail-Outs, Stimulus Programs, and now our new Ballooning National Deficit.

Thanks Arpaio, for all that America has suffered due to your Racism/Hate.

Mesa Arizona was dubbed "The Epicenter of Foreclosures in America."

It is all related.

Look at all of the Vacated Dwellings, and related Businesses due to your Hate Arpaio.

Look at all of the Families Torn apart, and the Thousands of Citizen Children of Immigrants now in U.S. Fostercare.

Time for America to get through this Racist Period in our History.

To: Good.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

They called the Sheriff? I think not. They called 911.  MCSO is the LE agency for that area. 

Hawaiiguy32
Hawaiiguy32

And look what happened.  A cockroach illegal hit and killed a phoenix police officer with his car.  Expect more of the cockroaches now as the feds have shown they are totally inept at protecting us and want to grant them a free pass.  Now they take away the one person that was trying to do something about it.

afdhm
afdhm

Joe is just a shit stain. Not even worth the  plastic bags I use to pick up his bowel movements when my dog craps his JAFFIE meal. What's a JAFFIE meal? Not a damn thing.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Why isn't this piece of shit Arpaio in Prison with the rest of the criminal scum?

What the fuck is wrong with you morons in Maricopa County?


IdontRecall
IdontRecall

This is the most extrange situatiun I've ever heard of. Come on, a group of "Illegal" immigrants call the Sheriff Office asking for Help, knowing that the head of this LEA is a CONVICTED RACIST?. Yeah right, and I'm selling trips to the moon. Why the 911 dispatcher didn't advice the Border Patrol. Calling MCSO is like an injuried person asking His atacker for help.

Is there any way to corroborate this?, how come that there's no mention on the press release to which B.P sector were those "illegals" dropped to. No names released either.

To me this seems like an attempt from the DRAMA QUEEN to try to con Judge Snow by probably staging the whole thing. I mean how hard could be for the OLD FOOL to take a "chain gang" from His "concentration camp", take Them to the desert and then execute the "rescue". If there's one at all. Somebody should request a copy of the audio from the 911 call.

All the OLD FART is trying, is to avoid the placement of a Monitor at MCSO, by showing that He is "behaving".

robert_graham
robert_graham

So you're complaining? If you are more arrests can happen because there are certainly no shortage of illegals in Phoenix.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

This can be summed up as: "Joke's attempt to avoid having a monitor".

It's as clear as glass!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

from here on out, Joe will do things like this, where he does nothing, except hold a press conference to show he let them go. by doing this he will be accomplishing two things he very much wants. #1 he will be in the news (that one was too obvious), #2 he will be trying to show (like a little kid throwing attitude) that he wont do ANYTHING about illegals. he will be doing that to teach us all a lesson (at least thats what he thinks he will be doing) by not even concerning himself with illegals. watch and see, the next one will probably be him just having his guys stand around on a drop house bust until ICE shows up. in his warped mind, he actually thinks this is only about illegals. the fact that his policy and his mandates  had his agency harassing citizens and people here legally will never cross his mind. the fact that people are fed up with him mismanaging money and his department will also never cross his mind. and lastly the fact that he is ignoring other crimes in his pursuit of illegals will also never cross his mind. to him it will only be that we tried to stop him from ignoring everything except illegals. we will be seeing a lot more stories like this (he and Lisa Allen will make sure of that)

gerry_c
gerry_c

April fools? Nope...not in June.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@Flyer9753 apparently they found some meth, so we'll have another joe show this afternoon where he will talk up his dept..when likely it was another agency that tipped them off and handed it to them on a silver platter as usual 

bobby5527
bobby5527

@MaskedMagician1967 i think he's looking for a new landscape maintainence crew. those guys in fountain hills are pretty expensive

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@Edward Anthony Green 

NT Executive Editor Mike Lacey and CEO Jim Larkin were arrested by MCSO SS officers in the middle of the night by the Flaccid Failure merely because this paper exercised its 1st Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of the press. So I'd say the NT has earned the right to talk shit about the Flaccid Fuckup.

Joe IS NOT a conservative. Far from it. Did you know the Old Fool is from Springfield, MA? Massachusetts is one of the most LIBERAL states in the country.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@car_del99 This monitor wouldn't be watching the books.


The BOS, if they had any guts, would perform an audit.  Joke has been telling the BOS NO for his entire time in office, even after MCSO ADMITTED illegally spending $99.5 million of the jail funds.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@DNicholsHave to disagree on one point. You said "The M.C.S.O. has thousands of Good Deputies."

What kind of man, with even an ounce of integrity and ethics, would work for an agency lead by a racist sociopath like Arpaio. The only ones I have met are EX members of the MCSO who all said they left the agency because of the culture of abuse which has flourished under Joe's rule.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@Hawaiiguy32 You're deluding yourself if you think that Arpaio was "the one person that was trying to do something about it."  Arpaio only did enough to put out a regular press release to make gullible folks like you believe he was being effective.  Arpaio was significantly less effective than the other agencies in the Phoenix area in apprehending undocumented immigrants generally and, more specifically, violent or criminal undocumented aliens.  The only thing that MCSO was more successful at was putting out press releases to make people like you think that they were actually accomplishing anything when, in fact, they were completely ineffective in keeping our communities safer.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@Hawaiiguy32 White meth heads never kill cops do they? Are you as upset when that happens? I'm guessing you aren't.  Imagine if Jodi Arias was undocumented. Wow would you have something to cry about. 


IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@hawaiiguy32,  who was trying to do something about it? would U care to enlight me. HULABOI.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay lol ive been asking myself that question forever..simple answer: he did what Hitler did..took people that were pissed off (about immigration), lathered them up into a frenzy, and got them to think with emotion rather than logic. usually good things dont come from those situations. Plus he has his own little fiefdom and most of the politicians dont have any balls to go at him, save for a few. 

cassityg32
cassityg32

I was thinking the EXACT same thing

car_del99
car_del99

@JoeArpaioFan You didn't understand what you read,  IDIOT ? He is NOT ARRESTING anybody..And you thougth the joker was going to go against judge Snow's ruling ?

THINK AGAIN IDIOT !!!!!!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan there is also no shortage of rapists and pedophiles or unserved warrants in Phoenix. maybe instead of holding a press conference to tell us he took some illegals to Circle K he can actually take care of those other things. (just a thought) also since he now has some free time....maybe he can find time for that audit he hasnt had for a long time?

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFYLLLOOOOSSSEERRR, HA HA HA HA, what happened with the "raids" that U predicted, UR hero is PUSSYFIED. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. LLLLLOOOOOOSSSEEERRRR.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan So, post your cell phone number on your little site, as Joke shutdown his "illegal hotline".  You can have other bigoted idiots talk dirty to you!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@david_saint01 @Flyer9753 Seems his deputies were looking for men that needed a ride to a Cirkle K to get some water, but then a bag of meth fell out of someone's pocket...

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@WhoKnows @car_del99 why do you think he went after Stapley so hard? because he was demanding an audit. thats where the pressure from the public needs to go..pressure the BOS to do an audit and ensure no more money is being "misspent" 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public @Hawaiiguy32 further on that point Hawaiiguy, Phx PD arrested upwards of 4-5 times the amount of undocumented MCSO ever did. You just didnt read about it 24-7 because they are a real police agency..arpaio does it so people like you will vote for him, lol dont think he does immigration enforcement for any other reason. 

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