Brian Sands, Longtime Aide to Sheriff Arpaio, Retires Ahead of Racial-Profiling Mess He Helped Create

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Ray Stern
Brian Sands
Deputy Chief Brian Sands, longtime aide to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has retired after nearly 30 years on the force.

The high-ranking deputy's departure comes just ahead of a showdown between Sands' boss and federal authorities over a racial-profiling mess that Sands helped create.

See also:
- Deputy Chief Brian Sands' Testimony Today Contradicted by His Statements in 2010

Sands worked as head of enforcement, overseeing the agency's infamous illegal immigrant sweeps, anti-human-smuggling operations and employer-sanctions investigations. As one of Arpaio's key go-to men, Sands helped lead a department that regularly treated Hispanics to worse treatment than other races whether on the street or in county lockup. At least, that's according to a May court ruling, hordes of critics who include the U.S. Department of Justice, and piles of evidence.

Lawyers in both sides of the Melendres vs. Arpaio case are scheduled to meet before the judge on August 30 with a consent decree hammered out that specifies how the agency will end its discriminatory practices. Snow has indicated previously that he believes a federal monitor might be appropriate to make sure Arpaio behaves

But Sands, who previously gave key testimony in the trial, won't be there. His retirement is effective as of August 1, county officials say.

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New Times
Sheriff Arpaio and his former enforcement chief, Brian Sands.
We'll assume Sands led a fine career, for most it -- though we haven't reviewed his record. Trouble is, there's just no trusting the people tied to Arpaio's disgraced, former chief deputy, David Hendershott. Arpaio said he was "duped" by Hendershott, whom he fired due to a host of policy violations and other allegations (though Arpaio soon allowed him to retire).

As official documents show, Sands seems to have been crucial in making sure the callous ambitions of Arpaio and Hendershott were conducted in ways that would be palatable to the courts. During a 2010 investigation of Arpaio's office by an Arpaio ally, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Sands portrayed himself as someone who didn't want to let Hendershott round up as many illegal immigrants as possible just for the headlines. But Sands' concern in the matter appears to have been related only to the inability of federal officials to receive so many detainees at one time.

During testimony before Judge Snow in July of 2012, Sands remained loyal to his boss and claimed there was a "disconnect" between what the sheriff believed and what deputies actually did in the field. Defense lawyers in the racial profiling case argued that the evidence showed Arpaio ordered -- directly or indirectly -- his staff to conduct immigrant sweeps in areas that had been the source of complaints about day laborers and Spanish-speakers. Sands agreed that sometimes had been the case.

Lisa Allen, Arpaio's spokeswoman, says the sheriff's office has no plans to rehire Sands as a civilian, (as in the sort of "double-dip" that Hendershott had enjoyed), and that no replacement for him has yet been selected. In response to one of her questions, Allen aid that no disciplinary actions preceded Sands retirement.

It just seemed like the right time to leave.


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24 comments
MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

One has to wonder why Sands chose to put in his paperwork now for retirement.

Seems to me he knows something he should be telling. Something about that pesky racial-profiling issue plaguing MCSO....

hjoemora
hjoemora

He is a chicken shit guy .He is running away so his head is not chopped off.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Maybe YPS can get Sand's Job!

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

I bet that D FETID FOOL is fucking angry, shiting all over his pigsty office; now who is he going 2 blame 4 all the fuck ups when the bells toll, Probably mouse Brian sees the train barreling down on that MCSO CIRCUS AND BIG POCKETS JOE D CLOWN and is jumping out of D way in time. Perhaps the FETID 1 could blame his OLD BITCH JAFFY, after all, jafffy claims 2 have inside knowledge and has a say on everything that MCSO CIRCUS does.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

This might be good news, not really sure. Sands was a known quantity, thus it was easy to simply expect the unexpected from him.

So, who thinks someone known as Sousa or Palmer will be his replacement? They've both demonstrated their lack of intellect and their undying support for the elderly elected official.

It may be difficult to replace Sands.

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit topcommenter

Brian Brian........so spick and spam WHERE WERE YOU .......WHEN THE SHIT HIT THE FAN?

Calvin Holiday
Calvin Holiday

wha da chuck....you sound more like a part of the klee club...

Chuck Klee
Chuck Klee

I'll take his place and carry out his good work. :)

Nichols
Nichols

Good Ridance you P.O.S.

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Rats usually jump ship when its sinking, and another good term or ole saying is all Arpaio really has is like his pal the former prosecutor who lost his law license had was fair weather friends who will not be there when the storm comes!;-)

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

I think he see's the writing on the wall, when Maricopa county gets tired of paying the legal fees for this clown they call a sheriff, it might be unwise to be hooked to his wagon and have to foot them legal bills for being sued while acting under color of law!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

It's about time!  They must have finished remodeling his retirement home he got in Honduras while wasting AZ tax payer's money there.


Or will Henderblimp wheel and deal and screw him out of that property?

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

That piece of shit belongs in prison, not collecting a pension.

Fuck Brian Sands.

car_del99
car_del99

The joker will blame him for everything...

chiclets
chiclets

oh no!  I'm going to miss him! he helped bust the illegal mexicans and made their anchor babies cry.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@truthseekeraz He's actually more like the child of Trent Franks and Tom HornyBoi....

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFY. "chiclets", come on Jaffy, UR IP address betrays U, no matter how many screennames U use, also UR ignorant posts. IDIOT.

david_saint01
david_saint01

@chiclets lol thanks for sharing your ignorance..now get back up bullshit mountain, put your tin foil hat on, and stay there

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@Eleanor_Holgin. Of course, HIS OLD BITCH JAF does.

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

chiclets? jaffy is more dicklets, NO chicks...well chicks with dicks.

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