Joe Arpaio's Armed Patrols of Schools to Continue for Another Year

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Photo by Matthew Hendley
A posse member in action.


Sheriff Joe Arpaio's armed citizen patrols of schools is continuing for another school year.

Arpaio's NRA-approved posse patrols went without any serious incidents last year, when Arpaio instituted the program in response to the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting.

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Arpaio's office sent out the media alert that Arpaio's going to be kicking off this year's patrols today at a school in Laveen (coincidentally, the same neighborhood where an unlicensed 16-year-old crashed while driving his six younger siblings to their first day of school, killing three of them and another driver).

Although Arpaio hypes up the program by noting that some of these posse folks are trained in the use of semi-automatic rifles, the whole thing's kind of lame.

New Times did a ride-along with a 69-year-old posse member last year, as we took laps around an Anthem elementary school at about 15 mph, seeing nothing in particular.

All of the schools being patrolled are in MCSO's jurisdiction, and MCSO tends to be in charge of the more low-key areas of the county, like Anthem.

The people on patrol don't have much authority, either, as their first move in most cases will be calling in actual MCSO deputies to any sort of incident.

The list of schools in MCSO jurisdiction can be found here.

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Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Havent you learned the way of the liberal immigrant yet? If you want your kid to go to another district, you simply use the address of a friend or relative who lives in the district you want your kid to go to. They do it my all the time in my neighborhood.

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

This story is amusing since his department failed to investigate over 400 cases of child sexual abuse, even has some of his officers indicted for child porn, child molestation, hope none of them child predators slipped by for these patrol duties!

Bruce Salvage
Bruce Salvage

why should be people have to go to another district which you CANT do anyway? hello?? As my friend from canada says"what is the matter with you americans where you feel the need to arm people in your schools like they're in a prison?'

Sue Wachter
Sue Wachter

no, they are more dangerous than anything else.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Students need to know that they do not have to talk, answer or obey these ass-clowns. They have no legal authority to arrest or detain any student. Film them and protect yourself.  Give them the bird everytime you see one. It's legal as long as the teacher doesn't see you.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

so sending the posse to the schools with AR-15's was the final result of Joe saying he was going to make sure his OFFICERS were armed with them 24/7? Joe wants his people to be able to protect themselves, so he gives the AR-15's to the volunteer posse instead of the cops who are being made targets by his actions? nice!!!! first he paints a target on the back of all MCSO deputies then he gives the rifles he says THEY need to protect themselves to people on playground patrol. his whole reasoning for getting them was for his OFFICERS................BOOM, another Joe lie for attention. give those rifles to the deputies Joe, not the volunteer brigade (but he wont, because its less newsworthy)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Jesus Christ I can just smell the lawsuits this latest round of MCSO/MCSO shurf bullshit will bring.

Hopefully the schools refuse the narcissistic old man's 'orders' to keep armed posse members on school grounds.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Funny, first news report i found about criminal posse members comes from kpho news channel 5. Ha, how ironic.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

You said anyone could join and i just told you anyone cannot. So now its after they join? Your initial comment should have been that anyone can join after theyve joined then.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Joe. I was actually serious. But if smfh is the best can come up with maybe you shouldnt be making claims that they are loaded with awards!

robert_graham
robert_graham

Arpaio's armed school patrols must continue indefinitely. Each posse member must be armed with AR-15's and they should not hesitate to shoot at the slightest sign of trouble.

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@JoeArpaioFan Big Fucking Deal .....I heard that YOU are  a convicted homosexual. Is that true Jaffy? Come on now don't lie ............Do you SPIT OR ARE YOU STILL SWALLOWING? In either case you're just another PETERGAZER  looking for your next victim..............Who's it gonna be ?.........pegleg or the toothless wonder hickbilly ...............I also HEARD that you like to stick it to goats ....Is that true Jaffy??? SHAME ON YOU! 

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@JoeArpaioFan 

The news paper likely knows something you do not know that the web site you got this off of tells you what you can or cannot do with such documents, hence your likely already in legal trouble sweetie pie!:-) I think that is the most entertaining thing of all today!;-)

robert_graham
robert_graham

@enigma9000aa Can't you think of some new accusations? The phoney claim of the 400+ sex offenses is getting tiring.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@MaskedMagician1967 Why are you so against posse members paroling the schools? Is it because you don't want them to be there in case of another tragedy? Or is it because you would rather taxpayer money is used to pay police officers?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Marco Cruz And from that story:


"Arpaio wants his army of 3,000 volunteer posse members to look like sworn deputies and sometimes perform the same duties. But an in-depth project by CBS 5 Investigates uncovered a number of posse members with arrests for assault, drug possession, domestic violence, sex crimes against children, disorderly conduct, impersonating an officer - and the list goes on.   "

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFYBOI, U R a FETID CUNT, the POSSE OF CLOWNS is going 2 B history very soon, just as the CLOWN SURF,  I hope he got the BIG SHOES and D small horn that were sent 2 him, so he can wear them on his nest STUNT. BTW, what R they going to shoot? potatoes ammo.? Mother  fuckers R going to shoot their own asses, specially the OLD FARTS,who probably can't even carry such weapon.. FUCK U OLD CUNT.

azweasel
azweasel

Did they find you in arpaio's depends or did he just blow you out of his fat ass.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan if they did that you might get shot while skulking around the playgrounds in a trenchcoat Robert

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Enigma, between this and the threats Robert (JAF) makes routinely on these blogs, the feds must be having a field day.

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@JoeArpaioFan Hey FUCK FACE  those are not CLAIMS BUT ACTUAL FACT ......I'm glad that it irritates you to hear it  goat fucker . What about the 400 plus rape and child molestation cases COCK BREATH? Fuck you and your BLOATED RACIST HERO ( KING JOKE AND HIS BAND OF THIEVES)

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative  My recollection is that Arpaio stated that some of his posse members were trainin in the use of AR-15s while not specifically stating that they would be carrying the rifles on school patrol.  However, this article on ABC15 clearly shows a posse member with an AR-15.  http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/sheriff-joe-arpaio-school-posse-armed-volunteer-posse-to-patrol-schools-ensuring-safety.  Since posse members have to purchase their own weapons, though, I would hope that any posse member carrying an AR-15 has furnished it himself or herself and is not using one the 400 AR-15s the MCSO recently acquired for its deputies.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@valleynative @danzigsdaddy  Arpaio told us that right after Sandy Hook happened. He made an ass of himself on The Tom Hartman show and mentioned it to local media as well.


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@valleynative a couple of my news sites that come over my phone had it. give me a couple minutes and i will type them up for you. (granted, some articles come up from any sites from the inquirer to USA today)

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@JoeArpaioFanHell it doesn't matter who patrols ....At least get someone that can SEE and THINK straight when the need arises. I don't think the PRUNE  POSSE is  capable of this. I mean really........... the majority of them look like they have one foot in the grave as it is!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, I would rather pay a national guard soldier or a police officer because they are trained professionals.

The posse members are untrained trigger happy criminals. If I were a parent I would not like the MCSO posse around my kid.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative  Not all schools are in favor of this.  The Roosevelt School Board (I think) passed a resolution stating that it did not want armed Posse members around their schools. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative  Didn't have time to watch the video this morning but again, my expectation is that even if they are carrying rifles (and we know from Sheriff Arpaio's comments and this photo that some posse members are certified by MCSO to carry rifles) they are required to purchase their own just like they have to for handguns.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public  

Thanks. That photo is from an interview with a teacher who joined the posse, so he's clearly not getting ready for school patrol in the photo.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

i had 2 or 3 but my phone updated the articles, i found 1 still on it ...................but if its any indication of the other news agencies, i might have to retract my comment. anyway...........it was on MyFox Phoenix, the reporter was John Hook and the article title was "Maricopa County sheriffs posse resumes school patrols".................yeah, not exactly the most reliable news source was it? if i can find the others i will put them up for you (i just hope they arent as whacked out as Fox is or i might have to pull that comment and fast)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Valley, for the safety and security of my kid, I would rather have a NG soldier or a police officer patrolling schools because they are professionally trained. The soldier doesn't have to be a combat veteran. Just a soldier fresh from basic combat training.

As for the posse, ABC15 and FOX10 found Joe's band of retirees have criminal records, including child molestation.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  

That's a false generalization.  I think I'd rather have a retired cop patrolling schools than a soldier just back from combat.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public  

Yes, I'm sure some aren't willing to support Joe's bid for publicity.  Roosevelt district has a large immigrant population who probably don't want Joe anywhere near.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, are you saying that crime victims don't deserve police protection then you are a real piece of shit.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Actually Robert, the school administration determines if they want the posse there.

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