Joe Arpaio's Top Monitor Pick Howard Safir Once Hit a Pregnant Lady with His Escalade, Thinks Stop-and-Frisk Is Cool

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Monday was a deadline set by federal Judge G. Murray Snow in the ACLU's big racial-profiling case Melendres v. Arpaio for plaintiffs and defendants to submit lists of prospective candidates for the position of court-appointed monitor over the MCSO.

This, assuming the two sides could not agree on a monitor.

No surprise, they didn't agree. And taking a look at the top pick of Arpaio and his legal lap dog Tim Casey, it's plain that they never really took the job of finding a monitor all that seriously.

Arpaio's numero uno is former NYPD police commissioner Howard Safir, who swooped into the administration of New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani after Giuliani axed William Bratton as commish, basically because Bratton was getting better press than Giuliani.

Safir was NYPD commissioner from 1996 to 2000, and he's taken credit for a historic drop in crime that was engineered in large part by Bratton's foresight and innovation as a law enforcement administrator and leader.

Not only is Safir a big apologist for the NYPD's notorious stop-and-frisk policy,but in a 2010 incident that will remind you of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's vehicular hit-and-run, Safir backed into pregnant lady with his Cadillac Escalade while leaving a spot on the Upper East Side where he was double-parked.

Um, and no, he did not stop.

The New York Times reported on the incident at the time and spoke to the victim, Joanne Valarezo.

Here's an excerpt:

Ms. Valarezo said in a telephone interview on Friday night that she was on a break from her job at a doctor's office and had gone to buy socks for her unborn child when she was hit.

"I was crossing the street in between cars and he hit reverse, and his female passenger screamed, 'Are you not looking, there's someone there,' and as he was reversing, he hit me on my shoulder and my knee and the side of my stomach," she said.

Then he started to drive away, she said.

"I confronted him and I said, 'I'm pregnant. Did you not see?' And he just disregarded that and kept going," she said. She said if the passenger had not screamed, causing her to turn, she would been hurt more seriously.

Ms. Valarezo said her unborn baby, a boy, "is fine now, thank God. Everything looks good with my child."

Ms. Valarezo said she did not recognize the driver.

Told he was a former police commissioner, she said: "Are you serious? Oh, my God, I did not know that. Wow. O.K., that would explain why all these detectives came to see me. I had detectives come see me in the hospital, and nobody told me who he was."

She added: "I'm shaking now. So he has been caught?"

Told he was found but not charged, Ms. Valarezo said, "Really."

Then she laughed.

She asked for his name, and when given it, said, "You would think that a man who abides by the law should follow it."

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josephiafet
josephiafet

The judge and ruling were definitively incorrect if one considers the FACT that one out of every four Hispanics in the US are in the US illegally. Therefore if there is a 25% chance that a vehicle with a Hispanic in it is illegal, it moves beyond mere suspicion that immigration laws may have been broken.  It is obvious, by this ruling, that the judge did not take notice that an estimated 11 million illegal aliens, most of which are Hispanic, constitutes about 25% of all Hispanics in the US  (according to the US Census there are approximately 40 million Hispanics in the US).  With such a high percentage of all Hispanics in the US being in the US illegally, it could hardly be defined as racial profiling if officers stop a vehicle with an Hispanic with little additional information.

DNichols
DNichols

I think J.T. Ready would make the best Arpaio "Monitor"?!

Time will tell.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

Guess you didn't get the memo. "They will put more oversight, more guidance, more training; it's all for the good," Bratton told reporters. "At the same time, they can't do away with it." "One of the mayoral candidates is campaigning on the idea that he's going to do away with stop-question-and-frisk. He's out of his mind," he continued. "Quite clearly he knows nothing about stop-question-and-frisk. Stop-question-and-frisk is constitutionally protected by the Supreme Court in Terry v. Ohio." Bratton called it "the most basic tool fundamental of American policing."

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

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Gidone Busch was a 31-year old Torah observant Jew who was shot to death by officers of the New York City Police Department on August 30, 1999 in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Busch, a mentally disturbed man also suffering from kidney disease was wielding a hammer and threatening police when he was shot. The killing was highly controversial due to the fact Busch was armed with a hammer and accounts of the incident varied widely. Another controversial shooting under SAFIR.

Elle Chanel
Elle Chanel

I couldn't even finish reading this because I was going to be sick. I cannot even believe how corrupt this county is.

phxjustice
phxjustice

I think Paul Charlton would be best for a monitor.  Though Mr. Warshaw seems to have an impressive resume, it also looks like he would be too busy to be an affective monitor of the MCSO.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Of course, Safir was actually Joe's third choice. First was Russell Pearce and second was Andrew Thomas.


There would have been an alternate but Chris Simcox is kind of busy at the present time.

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Arpaio has made Phoenix/Maricopa county a late night comedians dream come true, if they need a laugh all they have to do is read the latest antics of Arpaio!

JustThinking
JustThinking

As for the video visits, wouldn't a ton of expense be saved by buying some surplus laptops and installing Skype? Seems like this could be done for hundreds not millions

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

The AP stories I've seen about the monitor all state that Joke is appealing Snow's ruling.


Funny, but the BOS has not approved a dime of funding for that appeal.


Will Joke ILLEGALLY use jail funds for non jail expenses again?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Oh boy, here we go.

Judge Snow better have a huge bottle of Tylenol on the bench. Because the Old Fool and his lawyers are gonna give the judge a huge headache over the monitor.

Personally, the monitor should have a legal background as well as a law-enforcement background....just my opinion.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

In a related story, The Joke cut WAY back on jail visits to install a new "video visit" system.  azcentral is reporting that once the system is in place, it will cost $12.95 for a 30 minute "visit", with MCSO taking a 10% cut of the proceeds. (the private company that installed the system gets 90%!)


I wonder if MCSO will offer a "Jaffy channel" people can watch while they are waiting for their inmate to arrive - a little boy from a gas station in Fresno lauding the great efforts of his Clown Prince!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Joseph, the Judge and the Ruling are absolutely spot-on and I highly doubt the 9th Circuit court of Appeals will overturn the Ruling.

Then once the most conservative Supreme Court since William Howard Taft voids BS1070 der fuhrer Arpaio will have nothing to look forward to. Except a federal prison cell...

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@shadeaux14 I thought #1 was Hendershot.  After all, Jumbo RAN MCSO for years and knows the system!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@JustThinking

Agreed.. for that matter a plexi partition with a video camera and mics would do just as well, accomplish all the same goals (other than Arpaio's money ones) for a lot cheaper


This is nothing more than money funneling to the private company that installed/manages this system.. a company that I am sure had some kind of backroom ties to someone in the justice system or MCSO directly.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Stop and frisk is indeed cool.  But why the monitor? Is it because that Hispanics should be considered to be above the law?? 

Bnbk
Bnbk

@WhoKnows Another money making scam from Arpaio,at taxpayer expense. What a great deal for Arpaio,collects money,peoples personal info.data farms the info for profit,compiles files on detainees and family and friends,all the while denying visitation to people whose families can't afford the cost.The funds are supposed to go into the general fund,you know what that means,poof,gone with no accountability. I wonder if there are any ties,family or otherwise to this company providing this "video visit" system.

robert_graham
robert_graham

I thought you said I worked at Burger King??? This just goes to show you don't know the truth.

josephiafet
josephiafet

@MaskedMagician1967

Considering your response, I doubt that you are or ever have been in law enforcement. If there is a one in four chance . that a crime is being committed by stopping a car load of Hispanics in a border area, then the requirements set forth in Terry v. U.S. have been met. A one in four chance that a crime has taken place (nearing "probably cause"), i.e. evasion of border controls, there is a clear case for an investigative stop (Terry Stop).  The judge was clearly wrong.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Your right, I forgot about the MCSO Blimp.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I'll tell you why Robert.

A conservative U.S. district court judge has determined der fuhrer Arpaio needs a babysitter. And once the DOJ lawsuit is resolved the insidious old man will have a second monitor up his ass.

Personally I'm gonna love it once the old man has to turn over plans for hs bullshit raids to the DOJ, the two monitors, the plaintiffs in Melendres and Judge Snow for approval.

joe_hernandez
joe_hernandez

Stop and frisk cool? Hispanics above the law? You sound scared of races other than your own. Get your head out of your ass.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Hispanics are above you. They top you all the time.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

You may recall that Mr. Lemons reported at one time that he had talked to you via phone and you told him you worked at Burger King. Why would we not believe Mr. Lemons, Robert the Jaffy?

FuckJoeArpaio
FuckJoeArpaio

What's so different about working at BK in Phoenix or a filling station in Fresno?  Or were you really JT Ready's anger management coach?

josephiafet
josephiafet

@squash@josephiafet

That is the problem - people like you stake out your positions and are uninformed, low information voters. You make your smug comments and just plain do not know what you are talking about.

I believe it is common knowledge that there are an estimated 11 million illegal aliens in the US. About 98% of them are of Hispanic origin. Last year, none other than the US Census Bureau stated that the Hispanic population in the US now exceeded that of African Americans numbering a little over 12.5% (whereas African Americans are at 12%).   Now the estimated US population of the US is about 320 million.  Take 13% (rounded off Hispanic population) of the 320 million and the mathematical result is 41 million. 

So, now we know that the estimated Hispanic population is about 41 million.  Then divide the 11 million illegal aliens (mostly all Hispanic) by the 41 million and the result is 25%.

So clearly, it is you that do not know what you are talking about, are poorly informed and base your statements/position on hogwash.

Also, I did not write that Hispanics should be pulled over solely because of their looks (what does an American look like?), but rather must be supported by other factors such that a police officer may use (overloaded vehicle with perhaps ten passengers in a five passenger car and close to an international border).  These are the same criteria that US border patrol uses -  

You clearly are so smug that you are right and those that have a different opinion are wrong, I doubt that you even accept that there are an estimated 11 million illegal aliens in the US - even though the figure is from the Obama Administration and the13% US Hispanic population is from the US Census Bureau.

You should also know that everyone of them have committed a number of felonies such as filing false income tax returns which is a felony, failing to file which if not filed for two years is a felony, perjury (lying on a tax return, mail fraud using the mail to file a false return, wire fraud using the internet to file a tax return, possession of false identification (such as a social security card, birth certificate, passport, visa, etc all of which are felonies as well as another felony using false identification to obtain government benefits, identity theft - stealing the identities of US citizens, racketeering - using false identification to obtain government benefits.  

The list goes on as this is just part of the felonies committed by illegal aliens every day.

It is interesting to note as well that illegal aliens commit the majority of all identity theft in the US today.

Now, if they are given amnesty for these crimes, at the very same time American citizens who are poor and commit tax fraud, identity theft, etc. will be caught, prosecuted and go to jail.

squash
squash

@josephiafet So, according to your post, a quarter of the Latino population in the U.S. is undocumented. Where did you get your figure from, the John Birch Society? Besides, even if that were true - which it isn't - peoples' actions have no bearing on what other people do just because they happen to look similar or have the same skin color. Should you be subjected to unwarranted suspicion because someone with the same color skin as you happened to break the law? FYI, being in the U.S. "illegally" is in and of itself not a criminal offense.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker   Unlike he illegal welfare queen that you are, I can afford anything I please.

Just out of curiosity cracker, can you (legally) buy drugs with food stamps? 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker   Don't you mean delirio?

Hey cracker, how come all of your posts were deleted the other day?  Were you discovered as the stalker you are?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker    So cracker, if you are not a stalker as you claim, explain why a rational person would revisit every post a person has ever made and then pretend to be intelligent by quoting from them and all the while thinking that anyone cares.  The only thing you accomplished was hiring an interpreter to translate from English to Spanish and back to English.  You twit!  No, wait, that was twat not twit.   

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