Joe Arpaio Slapped Around by Filmmaker Dan DeVivo on Al Jazeera America

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio was recently on the Al Jazeera America program "Consider This " to discuss immigration (what else?) and got b-slapped in the nicest way possible by filmmaker Dan DeVivo, one of the two persons behind the immigration-related documentary Two Americans, the other person being Phoenix-based reporter Valeria Fernandez.

On Sunday evening, the new cable channel broadcast Two Americans, which follows Arpaio's transformation of his agency into a Hispanic-hunting organization and contrasts Arpaio's egomania with the life of one of his victims, Katherine Figueroa, whose parents were both arrested during the MCSO's 2009 raid of the Lindstrom Family Auto Wash in Phoenix.

A couple of days before the doc's broadcast, DeVivo and Arpaio squared off, and since then, AJA has posted a portion of the segment, which shows DeVivo running rings around the old man, though never in a disrespectful way.

Watch the Al Jazeera America segment with Dan DeVivo and Arpaio.

In the video, the host observes that Arpaio's anti-immigration policies have received substantial support from the public. DeVivo responds that Arpaio's popularity "has dwindled" over the years and attributes this decline to Arpaio's round-ups of brown folk.

Of course, Arpaio is having none of this, and exclaims that he won his last election by "8 percent," which is more than twice the percentage President Obama won by in 2012, so he has "double the mandate."

Actually, the final count was a little closer according to Maricopa County Elections, with Arpaio just 6 percent over his closest rival Paul Penzone, 50.66 to 44.65. That's barely a majority, which is nothing to brag about, considering that Arpaio had to spend millions for that victory, and there was a third person in the race, which played to Joe's advantage.

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DeVivo and Arpaio on the Al Jazeera America program "Consider This"...

But I'll give the devil his due. He's been elected six times to office, and there are a pant-load of anti-Mexican bigots in this county who love Arpaio's dragnets for the undocumented. So, yeah, a slim majority of the electorate is responsible for our serial racist of a sheriff still being in office.

That said, Arpaio actually did make one comment I agree with, telling the show's host that the idea of closing down the border before any immigration reform can take place is ridiculous.

"If you want to change the laws...do something about it," Arpaio grumbles. "And stop saying that...we have to do the fence, or the border first, before we do anything else. That's a cop out, because I spent 25 years at the border on each side. You're never going to secure the border 100 percent."

Sheesh, tell it to your teabagger pals, Joe. Please.

DeVivo also offers an analysis of why Arpaio's more a symptom of the underlying fault.

"The biggest problem with using local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law is that it breaks a trust with the community," says DeVivo. "And it's a serious problem that needs serious rethinking."

He adds:

"But what happens when the local police are tasked with enforcing [immigration] law is that people who are afraid that their immigration status will get called into question no longer call the cops to report crimes...crimes like domestic violence, you name it, are getting under-reported and you lose an entire community of people who would otherwise be reliable sources because they're afraid that the sheriff is going to ask them for their papers."

Hammer meet nail. The backup for DeVivo's contention comes from law enforcement itself, like County Attorney Bill Montgomery's recent public service announcements cynically encouraging the undocumented to report crime, or Arpaio's flaccid attempts to do "outreach" to the Latino community, while at the same time doing a sweep of a Latino area of town.

Bottom line: You cannot do community policing if the community is afraid of you. And in the case of the MCSO, it will take a long time before that fear is whittled away.

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hepcat11
hepcat11

I don't think Arpaio is a racist -- I think he just hates everybody!

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Al Jazeera America is just a terrorist group in disguise. What else can you expect to hear from that terrorist group? Lies and distortions of course.

scott.huminski
scott.huminski

SUPREME COURT NEWS - FIRST AMENDMENT ATTACK UPON ARIZONA HARASSMENT STATUTE - Sheriff Joe not happy


Scott Huminski v. City of Surprise, Arizona (not yet docketed in SCOTUS) 
Bonita Springs, Florida & Washington D.C.


In a filing received by the U.S. Supreme Court, government is portrayed  fervently defending a state criminal harassment statute that makes any speech contrary to the government's goals a crime under.  AZ Rev. Stat. § 13-2921 (criminal harassment)


Speech that tends to "alarm, annoy or harass" anyone, including government officials and police, is a crime in Arizona. Silencing dissent is the hallmark of a police state.


Petition for Writ of Certiorari here...


http://www.scribd.com/doc/178501012/Supreme-Court-Certiorari-Petition-and-Appendix-First-Amendment-attack-upon-Arizona-Harassment-statute


No surprise that this statute exists in Arizona.  Under the patently unconstitutionally vague and overbroad harassment statute, this Supreme Court litigation is a crime as is this article when read by a resident of Arizona, say … Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  No doubt that the litigation and this article tends to "annoy" the Sheriff and like-minded residents of Arizona.

Click on and read this Supreme Court case to show your opposition to Arpaio and the Arizona police state

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Where is YPS?


The MCSO ankle bitter should be here!   Here yippy!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Ok, just saw a "teaser" for the late news.  Arpaio now wants to use DRONES!


Does he get that "drones" are NOT that little battery operated device he uses with Jaffy, and even "yippy sucks" can not help him with batteries (or fetching his DRONE lunch)?

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Would you expect it any other way being that Al Jazeera is a network infested with libertards and of course terrorists - and all sponsored by our government.  All their reporters belong at Guantamo Bay.  It wouldn't be surprising if the Iranian Terror Network comes to our airwavwes next.

james8394
james8394

MCSO has a long history of incompetence. I've lived here since 1979 and it has been one after another. First, Jerry Hill, from what I recall a fairly decent administrator who didn't realize that Maricopa county was no longer a cow town and used his county issued car and credit card to visit his girl friend in New Mexico. 

He was followed by the lawnmower repairman from Mesa, Dick Godbehere, who rode Evan Mecham's coattails, (who would have guessed Mecham had coattails) to office and whose first order of business was to change the radio codes for deputies to the same as C.B. radio, as I guess he was too stupid to learn anything new.

Next up, Tom Agnos. A professional lawman who had the misfortune to be occupying the sheriffs chair at the time of the temple murders and was totally let down by an incompetent staff. He probably went to his grave believing the guys from Tucson did it. Now it looks like the guy that did do it may walk due to a bungled investigation. If I recall, MCSO had the murder weapon in their possession several weeks before connecting the dots. I think New Times did an exhaustive investigative story at the time. 

Then Joe, and the rest is history, though ongoing. 

I'm reminded of the song "Tobacco Road" where the only cure is to "...blow it up, start all over again."  And by the way, that is NOT a threat, real or imagined.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

Mr. DeVivo didn't mention the house cleaning nickel bag had to do because of corrupt employees. Nor did he mention El Mirage. Good piece Mr. Lemons. peace

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@scott.huminski Scott Huminski, you are nothing but a retarded cry baby buffoon.  Have you heard Sheriff Joe's message to you at (602) 777-6632?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Let's see.  Will the joker use the drones to practice with the AA gun he got after 9-11?

DNichols
DNichols

Spying Facts:

Large Jet, and Propellor spy drones disguised a phony Airliners, Fed Ex, private Aircrafts ect. have been used over Arizona by many State, and Federal Agencies for over Ten years since the so called Patriot Act overode the U.S. Constitution.

These Drones are all loaded with Thermal Dynamic Cameras, and Laser listening devices and have been warrantlessly been scanning us all right inside the so called "Privacy of our American Homes".

They are being used by Sheriffs (yes Arpaio, and sick ass Babeu.), Police, D.P.S. even the Air National Guard to trash Freedom, and our Constitution.

Our Founding Fathers would have lined up every Peeping, Perverted Coward in these Constitution Trashing P)rograms in front of a Firing Squad!

Our Fallen Heroes Died to protect our Freedom, and Constitution from this type of Communist Tyranny.

The F.A,A. restrictred Airspace over Cities years ago, and most of what you see flying around pretending to circle to land are in fact multi million dollar spying Jet, and propellor Drones!

"We the People" call the already wasted Trillions on this Spying in our "Homeland" our new National Deficit.

To: Liberty.

DNichols
DNichols

@Don't beleiveit:

Fact: THere are already Hundreds of Large Drones flying over Arizona.

This is what Polytehnics is all about.

These Drones are disguised to look like Southwest, Delta, American, ect.

The Drones are large, and look nothing like the "Predators".

Sheriffs, Police, D.P.S. the Air National Guard have been trashing Freedom with these drones for over ten years.

With the new Spying fallout these Agencies are now pretending to want to get Drones!

They are LIARS!

These Drones are disguised because the Perverts , and Cowards in these Communist Programs know what they have been doing is Wrong!

We need to bring back the Firing Squads.

To: The Land of the Free.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Dontbelieveit He did get his AA Gun after 9-11, so he could shoot down planes headed for Phx "skyscrapers"!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Dontbelieveit  he said he needed one to keep an eye on tent city......................he just loves to blow money doesnt he?

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@james8394 And I'm sure bank robbers feel that our bank robbery laws are incompetient too.  Because you are a libtard in favor of our laws being broken you say that MCSO is incompetient.  So if you really feel that way, if you are ever a victim of violent crime and you call police, let's just hope that they consider your plea for service a low priority.  

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@royalphoenix Screw you and screw Mr. Lemons.  His yellow journalism bias reporting is coming closer of costing him his job.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@WhoKnows On the bright side, since the drones are unmanned, there will be no criminal violation if someone were to hit them with a lazer light as they fly overhead, taking pictures of whomever is in the backyard pool.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @Dontbelieveit If you want to talk about somebody who wants to blow money talk about Obama.  He wanted the debt ceiling raised for more government waste and welfare. But of course you approve of that don't you?

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@danzigsdaddyNot so much concerned if in reality that is what he does with it . With a track record like his  this asshole has NO scruples , honor or integrity I wouldn't trust him any further than I can spit. For sure there is ulterior motive!

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy And in the same breath, Zigs, he tries to gain sympathy for his underpaid dep ya tees....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, I want all laws equally enforced regardless of one's political affiliation. That's why I pay the police.

What the hateful old man does is selective enforcement. He is nothing but a con artist and a ringmaster of a 3 ring circus masquerading as a sheriff.

Fuck Joe Arpaio!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham so what you are saying is that you dont feel the law needs to be enforced unless it conforms to your wants or desires? 

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@robert_graham Actually, Robert, calls are prioritized by the nature of the call itself, not the caller or the history of the caller. Even YOU would get high priority service for a high priority call. Capish?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@robert_graham Oh, come on, Robert. You need to understand that it's Mr. Lemons' job to write yellow sheet journalism. Otherwise you wouldn't have anything to read. It would all be red neck news blathered incessantly by Fox on TV and AzRepublic in print. You seem so confused at times. I'm glad we are here to help you.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham

Nothing to say JAFfy? I know you have seen this comment that ONCE AGAIN PROVES you wrong... 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Oh my god are you an idiot. Where and when have I ever supported Obama? I am always calling politicians crooks, so where do you get that I approve of either of those things? Please tell me Robert, because it never happened

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham

HAHAHA!!! If that's what you think it is (which it isn't), that explains a lot about you.

First it's not the Debt Ceiling, it's the Debt Limit. 

Basically said, the debt limit is nothing more than paying the bills for things you have already bought.

It's the same as buying something and having it shipped COD. Once it arrives, you pay for it rather than when you buy it.

The Debt Limit has nothing to do with authorizing new spending, it pays the bill for things that CONGRESS has already bought, nothing more.

Since it's CONGRESS that passes bills/laws, which are required for the US to buy anything, it's CONGRESS that already spent the money when they bought the product.

Originally there was no 'debt limit' since payments for things were authorized at the same time that the purchase itself was authorized - you can thank REPUBLICANS for separating the two so they could attempt to gain more leverage.

Seeing as how the vast majority of new spending over the past 30 years has been on the Republicans favorite thing, GUNS, maybe the REPUBLICANS should not buy things they are not willing to pay for when the bill comes due.

Now I know this is all over your head and you will come back with some bullshit spin on it.

Doesn't matter, your spin does not change facts.

If you doubt this explanation, go do some searches of your own and you will find I am right.. that is if you can actually be honest with yourself and admit you are wrong. (doubtful)

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @robert_graham I already told you. It's to borrow money we don't have for things we don't need.  Or is your perspective somewhat different?

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @robert_graham Well then YOU tell me what the debt ceiling is. Go on, what is it? Explain in detail please.

If there weren't such a thing as waste, fraud and abuse there would be no reason to raise it.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @robert_graham @danzigsdaddy @Dontbelieveit I most certainly do. It's to borrow more money we don't have.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@TommyCollins yep, and not once realizing deputies will have to be sacrificed in order to fund and maintain those drones, and that the drones will also take some of his deputies jobs. automation eliminates jobs 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Oh my gawd Robert you are an idiot.

I blast Arpaio because he is a narcissistic asshole who doesn't do the job I pay him to do.

Did you even read my comment? I pay the police to ENFORCE ALL LAWS EQUALLY regardless of political affiliation. Explain how I'm "clueless and lawless."

Joe Arpaio is a ringmaster for the 3 ring circus known as MCSO. He is a narcissist and a con artist.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 You really are clueless and lawless. You blast Arpaio because you don't want him to enforce the laws you don't like -- that's why!

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@robert_graham See, Robert, you go off on a tangent for absolutely nothing. My comment above wasn't blasting any agency. I simply explained to you that history of a caller has nothing to do with assigning priority. You sure are emotional about pretty much nothing.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@TommyCollins @robert_graham Yes calls are prioritized but then again stopping speeders, is not part of it. Neither are sweeps to round up deadbeats and lawbreakers. Every police department does it -- EVERY ONE so why don't you blast them too?????

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@TommyCollins @robert_graham That's bull. Everything he writes is rhetoric and just plain garbage not to mention biased.

You made a typo. You mean MSNBC, not FOX.

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