Joe Arpaio Says 38 Inmates Are on Diet of Bread and Water for Defacing American Flag Stickers

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that he's a patriot for putting 38 inmates on a bread-and-water diet for defacing American flag stickers.

Arpaio announced his publicity stunt of putting the stickers in each cell in November, as part of what he called a "patriotic theme" at county jails, which also includes daily sing-alongs of "God Bless America."

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"These inmates have destroyed the American flag that was placed in their cells," Arpaio says in a press release. "Tearing them, writing on them, stepping on them, throwing them in the toilet, trash or wherever they feel, it's a disgrace to those who have fought for our county [sic]. Besides this is government property that they are destroying, and we will take action against those who act this way."

The press release continues, "Patriotism and a respect for veterans is a hallmark of Sheriff Arpaio."

No mention of the constitutional abuses carried out by Arpaio and his office. Just in the past year, U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow ruled in the Melendres v. Arpaio civil-rights case that Arpaio and MCSO violated individuals' Fourth and 14th Amendment rights.

Nor is there mention of the Justice Department's allegation that Arpaio's office engages in a pattern and practice of "discriminatory and otherwise unconstitutional law enforcement actions against Latinos who are frequently stopped, detained, and arrested on the basis of race, color, or national origin."

Nor is there a mention of Arpaio's involvement in the 2007 false arrests of New Times' co-founders, which resulted in a $3.75 million settlement last month.

Nor is there mention of a $3.25 million settlement to the family of Deborah Braillard, the diabetic mom who died after Arpaio's detention officers denied her medical treatment.

Nor is there mention of the death of Army veteran Marty Atencio, who died after being beaten and tased by jail staff in one of Arpaio's jail cells.

Arpaio's not choking down bread and water as punishment for either of those unpatriotic acts.

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DNichols
DNichols

Notice:  Racist pathetic little Hot Air Bag Sheriffs wanted for the One Way Vacation to Mars.

Arpaio?!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

do those flags have a dedicated light shining on them? if the flag is displayed all night it is supposed to have a light dedicated to it and lighting it up all night

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

The US Flag Code Book of Etiquette states that an image of the US flag SHALL NOT BE PLACED ON A STICKER or some other object which it intended for temporary use.  It is ARPAIO who is is dishonorering our flag and the inmates who are acting to protect the disrespectful way in which Arpaio is chosing to display our flag.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

I wonder how Joe feels about his staff spitting on the American Flag?  Yes, the US Post Office sells $.46 stamps with an image of a flag on them and people LICK those - thus depositing saliva onto the stamps containing the image of the US Flag on them.  I think anyone punished by the extra-judicial punishment referred to in this article might have a claim for unequal prosecution against Joe personally.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Arpaio's destiny is like another deviant toughest law man in America J Edgar Hoover whom until he died his true nature, deviance was pretty well hidden, old father time comes to everyone, when the grim reaper reaps us all, some go up some go down! I venture Arpaio and his sadist fan club will all be stoking them fires on that lake of fire complaining how unfair it is!:-)

gsosbee
gsosbee

The overthrown USA government with corrupt fbi/police/cia/cjis try to force inmates to embrace the very symbol of murderous tyranny that threw the men in prison. The flag of this nation is known universally as equivalent to the Swastika. Ask the Jews if they embraced that symbol at Auschwitz.

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OUCH
OUCH

Good, these pieholes would never do that to their oppressive Mexican flag, ooh the irony

Leigh King
Leigh King

I read well enough. It says stickers somewhere in the comments. I didnt see anything in the article and apologize for my hasty comments. Either way stickers, flags, why not spend the money on better food for these people. :)

Lori Reilly
Lori Reilly

FUCK HIM AND HIS BULLSHIT WAYS !!! He abuses his power while violating every person in all of Maricopa county jail rights !! And yes they still have their constitutional rights .. they are not convicted .. even if they were they still have their rights and should not be treated inhumane but that's how it works these days right ? Guilty until proven innocent !! Arizona voters are about the dumbest ones in this Nation !!!

Harry Orlish IV
Harry Orlish IV

Just another publicity stunt by the idiot sheriff of Maricopa county. This is so unconstitutional, the sad thing is he will get away with it... again. Arizona, where you can violate people's constitutional rights and be justified in doing so.

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

You mean, Arpaio's 'house' should be in jail? Agreed.

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

What is an American Flag Sticker. Why is it capitalized? I mean, I understand the flag itself, but a sticker?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

The county sheriff keeps racking up the liabilities for the taxpayers with all his media stunts, as his cronies, remain silent = complicit. Shameful in a civilized society. But then is Arizona even civilized?


ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

He's no 'patriot". The sheriff makes a mockery out of the justice system, as the county prosecutors turn a blind eye. All eat out of the same trough. Arpaio needs to go the way of LA County Sheriff Baca -- resign! 

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

joe arpaio...had to have known..imates have to much time on theire hands...and as such...would  fiddle around with these  flags....thus making way for his bread and water show of machismo display....well in advanced,,,,he very well knows all the action reactions...of his game.....he s  a master of tooting his own horn...lol..

robert_graham
robert_graham

Good for Joe for doing this. If they were Mexican flags instead and they were defaced, just imagine what the outrage would be if nothing was done about it.  I think you'd be calling for more than just a bread and water diet. You'd be calling for riots in the jail.

http://sheriffarpaio.org

DNichols
DNichols

After having his trained "Goon Squads" "Wrongfully Murder" American War Veteran Marty Atencio who had committed No Crime simply because Arpaio got Atencio inside the doors of his Jail/ "Death Camp", now this Nazi Hugging  piece of Anti-American Trash is pretending to care about destruction of Stickers of flags?!!


What about the Cold Blooded Beating, and Multiple Tasing Murder of returning War Veterans like Marty Atencio you Damn Garbage Arpaio?!!


Go To Hell Joe, get your sorry Ass out of America.


To:Real Patriotism like Marty Atencio.

Joseph Abrigo
Joseph Abrigo

Stick his ass on a Rocket and send him to the Moon !

Robert McDonald Jr.
Robert McDonald Jr.

@ Juan Roque In Texas v. Johnson the US Supreme Court invalidated that statue and stated that burning, cutting, or otherwise desecrating the US Flag is protected speech. Thus cannot be punished and these inmates just had their 1st Amendment rights violated.

Robert McDonald Jr.
Robert McDonald Jr.

To those ignorant fucks that keep calling Arpaio's dungeons prison, its NOT PRISON! ITS A JAIL WHERE THE MAJORITY OF INMATES ARE DETAINEES BEFORE THEY SEE A JUDGE FOR THEIR INITIAL APPEARANCE! These people are unsentenced and have not been found guilty of any offense. Remember Innocent until proven guilty, hello, have we forgotten this?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ hecho en mexico?......................wouldnt that be the ultimate in irony?

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

@ConcernedCitizenAZ


After the Abu Gharib prison torture scandal we lost any credibility in the world on human rights, Arpiao is just one of many in our country who arrogantly use their positions to commit sadism and satisfy their sadist fans! Sadism and sadists are much like pedophiles they have a sick need to find victims who they can abuse and whom cannot defend or protect themselves, not much difference between the two both sick parts of our society!

robert_graham
robert_graham

@gsosbee What's your gripe.... if the inmates were placed on restrictions for defacing Mexican flags instead, you would blow a gasket so why shouldn't they be placed on restriction for defacing the American flag?

gtnoriega
gtnoriega

@mrh0202201091 He might have made a good politician if he had had an education.  But then again, that didn't stop Brewer.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@mrh0202201091 a patriot would never knowingly expose the flag to damage, a attention craving sheriff would 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham just where exactly do you come up with your assumption that we would be offended if the Mexican flag were to be defaced? what makes you think we would call for riots? you are the one repeatedly calling for people to shoot others, you are the one saying people should be executed or beaten. and most of all you are praising a guy for putting the flag I fought for where it is most likely to be destroyed, defaced or violated. a true American would never put the flag where it is certain to be violated, he would put it where it would be honored, revered and respected. your support of Joe's actions on this is the same as you and Joe spitting on the flag yourselves. for a guy like Joe to have served in the military, and then do something as stupid as putting the American flag in a jail cell knowing full well it is going to be desecrated, that is as unpatriotic as you can get.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... that applies to a flag that one OWNS. There is no right to burn, cut or desecrate someone else's flag (property).

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

I hope that manning will look at this, take up the case and sue the living crap out of Arpaio personally!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@vagabond545454 @ConcernedCitizenAZ Latest English lesson vag:  Generally it is considered bad form to start a sentence with a propositional phrase and always separate a prepositional phrase with a comma.  You cannot end sentences with a comma; that requires a period.  Your last sentence, which actually is two sentences is improperly  constructed and lacks proper punctuation.

You need to study upon the  proper use of who/whom.


By the way, you are a pathetic arm-chair psychologist.

You illiterate fraud.

Let me guess - flunked out in fourth grade.  Now you are on welfare and food stamps and are a parasite on society..  


I am yet to find ONE post of yours which is properly constructed. Are you retarded or simply lazy and stupid? 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@vagabond545454 @ConcernedCitizenAZ  

"Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment" by Mona Lynchhttp://prisonlaw.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/sunbelt-justice/
Comment: DH "I actually remember when the Arizona State Legislature removed references to rehabilitation as a goal of the Criminal Code. Once they did that all bets were off. Mandatory Sentencing has been one of the most ill-conceived, expensive and tragic experiments in public policy in the history of Arizona. The sad thing is that in the face of the undeniable failure of mandatory sentencing many in the Arizona State Legislature still don’t get it.

Recently, I had the opportunity to conduct Rule of Law training in Central Asia. While conducting a training for judges in Tajikistan – a moderately conservative Muslim country just north of Afghanistan – I was surprised that the judges expressed horror when I described the severity of the criminal code punishments for non-violent crimes in my home State of Arizona. I know of one Arizona inmate who is serving a de facto life sentence for what was essentially a forgery and fraud-related crime that involved no violence whatsoever."

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@robert_graham

Oh look, it's the worthless cockroach Jaffy speaking again

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham where do you come up with this shit? i have never seen anybody make up so much crap in my life. where have you seen anybody EVER make a comment like that on this site?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@vagabond545454 

Who gives a rusty rat's ass what you "find" you ignorant fuck?

Here's a clue for the clueless:  if you had an actual education, you wouldn't need a "grammar program".

Please inform what "anyone half wit" means in your twisted, brain-dead, retarded, illiterate mind.

Jazus!  You are fucking stupid!  

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

@fishingblues@vagabond545454@ConcernedCitizenAZ


I find anyone who uses a baby avatar, less than intelligent, likely a deviant, but on line grammar police tickets always amuse me, anyone half wit can use a spell check/grammar program and appear educated, intelligent, but why would I care what you think of my high school diploma!:-) I find you amusing, sad, pathetic since your habitually angry, miserable and obviously a sadist since that is truly the only die hard fans of Arpaio! Your less than worrisome to me, since you stalk folks on line with a obsessiveness that borders on psychotic!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... says the ignorant fucktard who habitually misused and doesn't comprehend the difference between  "believe" and "belief"


LOLz!

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