Joe Arpaio's Sweep Plan Unsealed by Court, No "Exigent Circumstances" Offered

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Tuesday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow unsealed the operations plan for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "crime suppression" sweep, which took place this weekend in the West Valley.

Significantly, the document, which was filed last Thursday under seal by Arpaio's attorney Tim Casey, does not identify any "exigent circumstances" as mentioned in Snow's final order in the ACLU civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio.

Snow's permanent injunction, issued on October 2, gave the sheriff's office a 59-page list of detailed requirements, meant to haul Arpaio's office into the era of modern policing, and away from its recent history as a practitioner of biased law enforcement.

Read the MCSO's ops order for its West Valley sweep, unsealed late Tuesday by Judge Snow.

An independent monitor was ordered by Snow to help bring the MCSO to heel. Once that monitor is hired, likely sometime in December, he or she must be given an advance copy of the MCSO's plans for any operation involving more than 10 deputies.

The MCSO also must present the monitor with a "standard template" for such operations plans within 90 days of the issuance of Snow's order.

While the MCSO awaits the appointment of its babysitter, the agency is allowed to perform a "significant operation" (aka, a "sweep"), but only if there are "exigent circumstances," basically an emergency of some sort that threatens life and limb.

The unsealed ops plan does mention the August murder of MCSO detention officer Jorge Vargas in the vicinity of the sweep. However, it also notes that in September the Phoenix Police Department arrested a suspect in that shooting.

"The objective of this enforcement operation," reads the MCSO's lead memo, "is to enforce state criminal and traffic laws to reduce violence, gang activity, and other crime in the area."

Another memo states that the sweep is meant as a response to Vargas' death, and to make the point that lawbreakers "will not be allowed to operate with impunity."

So, where is the exigent circumstance, the life-threatening emergency that must be addressed?

The MCSO's plan of action does not say.

The document does mention the term "exigent circumstances," but in an odd way.

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TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

The irony of this latest 'sweep' is the poor resource management tactics used by the elderly elected official simply to get his face on the tube, once again.

Can we imagine how effective an operation like this would have been had fifteen teams of ten officers been assigned to affected areas of Maricopa County based on types of criminal activity and victimization? Those teams could simply be watching known career criminals and suspected serial criminals and waiting for them to perpetrate another crime, arresting them in the act.

But no. The EEO goes out with the girls and boys in tan and they make some traffic stops for the cameras.

Sick.

The old man is mentally ill.

john043012
john043012

Its possible if automatic detainment and deportation of those who get snagged was eliminated the people in the crime infested illegal immigrant strong holds would welcome these stake outs

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

You can stomp your feet and cry like babies and have a tizzy fit all you want but the fact is that the sweep was legitimate.  The truth is you simply don't want our laws enforced and you want criminals to have free reign of our streets to be able to rob, steal and illegally break into the United States.  Then you call us racist when we say we want our laws enforced.  You are all pathetic and if there was such thing as a stupid law you would all be in jail.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

A professional law enforcement agency uses crime activity data, compiled by professional crime analysis experts, to determine areas of need for enforcement actions, as well as SPECIFIC types of criminal activity involved. Such as rape, robbery, burglary or even serial arson events.

A professional law enforcement agency does NOT announce to the world that they are going out to arrest 'the world' for whatever they might come up with.

A professional law enforcement agency is NOT run by an egotistical, mentally ill, elderly elected official whose only motivation is to show he is more powerful than the local federal judge.

Then there is MCSO. Run by a mentally ill elderly elected official who cares only about how much media time he can get.

It's sad that Maricopa County voters just don't seem to understand the enormity of the poor law enforcement agency they are paying for.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

heres something to remember,  we still dont have all the info from that raid yet. we dont know who was arrested yet, nor why and most importantly BY WHOM. this was a multi-agency sweep is what i thought, and if it was............who had the majority of arrests and stops? as much as i cant stand Joe, i am fully aware that he is a master of misdirection and extremely good as a showman. we are all assuming that those arrests were by MCSO and that they were going to be hispanics. dont forget, Joe is a sneaky bastard and might have had a plan on this that we arent seeing. i am waiting for ALL the numbers to come out. this could just as easily have been a ruse by Joe to anger people while he kept himself looking somewhat compliant by not singling out hispanics

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

so why would Arpaio have the plan sealed with the request it not be discussed with the media beforehand? Joe already discussed it with the media. to be honest, Joe should have allowed it to be discussed with the media, that way he could have tried to display he was complying with the court. all he has done instead though is show his desire to be in the news and his refusal to work with the court. that was a pretty stupid move.............even for Joe

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

If memory serves, Robert (JAFfy) claims that the sweep was approved by Judge Snow. The fact that the ops plan and the sweep itself violates Snow's orders is enough to piss him off and that monitor gets shoved up the old man's ass.

Hopefully the judge orders that monitor earlier than December.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

When's Judge Snow ordering the decrepit old man into his courtroom for his bitch-slapping?

I'm making fresh popcorn and I've got fresh Captain Morgan.

gerry_c
gerry_c

If the media knew about it first, I think Snow will have the act. When did staff know about it? AARPaio had not emergency that precluded proper notification.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Come on now, we all know the "exigent circumstances" was to show and tell Judge Snow he could shove the order order up his ass.

gerry_c
gerry_c

Monitor for 5 years now?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@john043012 John, your statement makes no sense. Take a few minutes and write it again so we have a clue what you're trying to say.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@robert_graham lol no, we call you racists because you claim you want all laws enforced, but ignore when they are broken or violated by MCSO..all because they "round up them illegals"..oh, and your previous comments about how "the next president will be a white one" kind of gives you away. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

We shall see little Robert.

Judge Snow is having none of Arpaio's corruption and bullshit. I fully expect the judge to bitch-slap the insidious old man into full compliance.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  just where do you get your assumption we are against stopping crime? where do you get the idea we dont want laws enforced? we are on here daily saying Joe is NOT enforcing ALL laws. that sounds to me like we are saying he should be enforcing the law more. you are the one content with only partial law enforcement                                                                                                  twit

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@TommyCollins You say the same thing about every agency who takes criminals off our street.  You simply don't want our laws enforced and you want criminals to have free reign on our streets. Pathetic!  Things are about to change and I don't think you're gonna like the changes. Can you guess where and when the next sweep will be?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Good point Danzig.

As Jonny said Joe is picking a fight with Judge Snow. And it's not a smart move. Even for Joe.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 I don't think a monitor could actually be selected and put into service by December. I am going to guess that the monitor will actually be a team of individuals and not a single person. I don't think Judge Snow would assign a single person to fend off the manipulation that is going to occur by the command staff at MCSO.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Cozz, let's hope that what Arpaio did is enough to either get the monitor appointed earlier or convince Judge Snow to force the heinous old man and MCSO into receivership.

Or both. I'm sure Judge Snow is fed up with Arpaio's corruption and bullshit as much as the sane few of Maricopa County are.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@gerry_c  technically it is only three...........but since it has to be 3 of non-stop compliance and we are talking about Joe............i think your 5 year number could be a low-ball estimate

john043012
john043012

@TommyCollins Ok for the benefit of people with closed minds I will try it again, If Hispanics and their illegal brethren where not automatically perceived to be criminals and their family member's where not automatically detained and deported when they are question about a crime I think those people would be more inclined to help law enforcement rather then demonize them. A good start in this direction would be for Arpaio to leave although a replacement would have to balance his priorities and that would  most likely steer him in the same area's as Arpaio's crack down

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham @TommyCollins 

Hey, where is my subpoena bitch? You know, the one you lied about delivering to my mom using your shovel, the one you threatened me with after I stated my opinion about your homosexual pedophilia - c'mon, serve me Robert... if you can get a day off from your gas station job that is....

No one is saying the 'same thing' about all LEOs and LEAs. That might be what you read, since you one read what you want to read, no matter what the actual words are, but your delusions are your problems.

Gee, will the next sweep be in scottsdale or north phoenix to go after all the soccer moms who speed through school zones, have prescription drugs illegally, etc...etc... I thought Joe went after ALL criminals... so why don't we ever hear of these criminals getting arrested? Why do you hate children so much you don't want them protected? 

Or is the next sweep going to be in your neighborhood... Joes large ass.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, I pay police to take criminals off the streets. That's an aspect of their job.

Tommy is a decorated combat veteran and a retired professional police officer. He is very sage when it comes to the decrepit old man.

Yes. You are pathetic.

Things are gonna change. Judge Snow is in control of the senile old man and MCSO. He is gonna force the MCSO into doing the job I pay them to do, force them to do their job correctly (noabuse no unequal treatment) and he will transform MCSO into a professional police agency.

The sweeps will stop. Any questions you sad sack?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@robert_graham Oh, Robert, you are such a twit. You may have forgotten that I retired after twenty years of service from a professional law enforcement agency in Colorado. Yes, I do want our laws enforced, but I also want our law enforcement officers (LEOs) to do it according to Constitutional law, as well as state and federal criminal and civil law statutes. I'm also a decorated military combat veteran.

What are your qualifications? Burger Flipper 101?

I couldn't care less about when or where the next sweep will be.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham no we cant, but just to make sure it is ineffective, i am sure Joe will let everyone know beforehand

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  i dont know bud. everyone tends to forget what a showman he really is.  just  because we dont like him and he is an ineffective sheriff doesnt mean he isnt adept at playing people

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  

Yes, one can only hope Judge Snow finally lowers the hammer on Bozo Joe . Unlike all the worthless leadership in this State that could have stopped Arpaio long ago from all the abuses and the money he's cost the tax payers.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

I don't think either are solutions. Arpaio will fuck with a monitor even worse than he's fucking with the judge. Regarding receivership, I don't think a judge can do that to an elected sheriff. I do think the judge will find Arpaio in contempt of court. Arpaio's actions shout contempt.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @gerry_c 

I think it will be in effect until 3 years after the Joker leaves office.  That's the only way Joke's crap will stop.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@john043012 lol closed minds? more like absent minded..that made absolutely no sense. 

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@john043012 That, John, makes perfect sense, and I agree with you. Culturally there is a mistrust of law enforcement and other authorities in many countries other than the United States. Because some folks immigrate from other countries it may take them a long time to learn to trust authorities and in many cases it actually takes generations. As you have said, if those folks with brown skin, or from other continents, are treated unfairly and are afraid of being deported when contacted by MCSO, they will not report crimes, nor will they participate as witness to criminal activities.

Yes, the first step is for the geriatric goon to leave. He is the root of the cancer whose tendrils have permeated the very being of MCSO. He must be removed.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

David, I fully suspect that Judge Snow is gonna order the decrepit old man into his courtroom and be forced to explain this bs. Judge Snow is a real law and order true conservative Republican. I have complete comfidence he won't be in any mood to put up with the old man's corruption. Also, a side note, Judge Snow is also the same judge who rejected Candy Andy's disastrously hilarious RICO lawsuit against county government back in late 2009-2010. We owe him a huge thank you for helping rid Maricopa County of three very corrupt lawyers.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@david_saint01 as long as he is spending our money and not his own, he will always be thinking "damn the cost, full speed ahead"

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 seems joe was testing the waters and seeing what he can get away with..while also thumbing his nose at Snow for the public eye..."see, IM Still in charge!". lol cant wait for Snow to teach him a lesson.."no Joe, you are in charge but you dont get to thumb your nose at me!" 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  here's where i have to be kind of firm on what "i THINK" i know (but may be wrong)........the judge can NOT extend the time (the clock can be reset, but not extended) because of laws like "truth in sentencing" laws.  a sentence has been handed out and cannot be altered or changed to add more time. also, i dont know if Judge Snow really can do anything about receivership unless he institutes another case off of this one (i may be wrong). because receivership was not on the table being discussed or even mentioned in the sentencing...............i dont know if it can be introduced without it being another case (and that could also take years).  if i am wrong on this, i would appreciate hearing from someone who knows more on it, but as i am saying........this is going off of what "I THINK" i know about "truth in sentencing" laws.    i am not claiming it to be absolute, just what i perceived about those laws 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Exactly Danzig.

Which is why I believe Judge Snow is gonna be pissed at the old man. I think the latest round of bullshit the stupid old man just pulled is gonna convince Judge Snow to either extend the monitor beyond 3 years or force MCSO into federal receivership.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Jonny, you raise some interesting points.I agree with you that Arpaio is fucking with the judge. Not a good idea on Joe's part. All he's gonna do is make Judge Snow extend the monitor beyond 3 years. As for fucking with the monitor, he/she is acting as the judge's eyes and ears. Again, not a good idea on Joe's part. Again, the monitor will likely be extended past 3 years.

If MCSO can't get its act together (Joe either pisses off the judge enough or he simply fails to comply with what the judge orders) it wouldn't surprise me if Snow is forced to take more drastic measures such as receivership.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@jonnyquest  good question on whether or not the judge can do anything about receivership. he is a federal judge, so he might though..........only time will tell.

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