Joe Arpaio Offers to Send Armed Posse to Mary Rose Wilcox Immigration Rally

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Part of the flyer for Mary Rose Wilcox's upcoming immigration rally, with a quote from Congressman Luis Gutierrez.


Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio offered Mary Rose Wilcox "extra security" at her upcoming immigration rally, in the form of armed posse members.

Seeing as Arpaio and Wilcox have been feuding about as long as the Hatfields and McCoys, Wilcox was quick to reject the offer, saying it "reeks of an attempt to intimidate those of us who support immigration reform."

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Indeed the offer was essentially made through the press, and the Sheriff's Office included a flyer for Wilcox's event, which includes an endorsement of Wilcox's congressional campaign from Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez, who's expected to attend Friday's rally in Laveen:
"Mary Rose Wilcox had the guts to take on Sheriff Joe when other people kept quiet . . . "
Arpaio's office issued a press release offering the "extra security" to Wilcox, along with a formal letter to Wilcox with the offer -- a letter that was dated yesterday.

According to the press release from Arpaio's office:
Sheriff Arpaio's letter to Mrs. Wilcox references his pledge in January 2011, in the aftermath of the horrific shootings in Tucson that severely injured congresswoman Gabby Giffords and took the lives of several others, that he would offer extra security in the form of armed posse volunteers to public office holders conducting public meetings.
Yet, we can't remember a single press release between January 2011 and now in which Arpaio offered "extra security" to a politician.

"I am very serious about protecting our public officials," Arpaio says in his press release. "Also, my goal is to preserve the peace, maintain order and enforce all the laws."

Of course, in the Arpaio Thesaurus, enforce all the laws is a classic term meaning arresting legal and/or illegal immigrants. (Recall that Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, the namesake of the Melendres v. Arpaio lawsuit, was in the country legally when he was arrested by MCSO and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which eventually released him.)

As you can imagine, the last thing on earth Wilcox would do is respond with thanks for Arpaio. She issued the following statement in response:
"If Sheriff Joe were honestly interested in providing security to our town hall on Friday in support of immigration reform, he would not have made his offer through the press. He also would not have offered to send his armed civilian posse. Unfortunately, we've seen this move before. His 'offer' reeks of an attempt to intimidate those of us who support immigration reform. It has been well-documented that the Sheriff's posse includes those with criminal records. Sheriff Arpaio's views against immigration reform are also well-known."
You can read Arpaio's letter to Wilcox below:

Arpaio Letter to Wilcox



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sal.krico
sal.krico

No, Joe.  You weren't offering protection.  Sheriff Joe, your actions are threatening.  You mask your racists actions by saying you're offering law enforcement protection.  You're beyond hiding behind the publicity hound mask of yours. 

What in fact you did, intentionally, is to invite her enemy's.  Only your haters and racists of your posse would have shown up.  Were you conjuring up a tea party for her?  Were you also inviting your Nativists,  Separatists, and Supremacist friends? 

Stirring up a riot is the exact opposite of your law enforcement duties:  to serve and protect...all communities and it's residents.  What were you going to do?  Have your posse maintain peace and order? Were you bringing out Tasers, dogs, horses, and your tank? 

Mary Rose Wilcox has taught us how to deal with you and your ilk.  You tried to make her a criminal and it was you all along that was corrupt.  Now even you even have a choke chain attached to a leash by a federal judge for your agencies racial profiling. 

We're sending her to Washington D.C. to represent US in Congress.  Don't get in the way and don't interfere.  We know that you're a crook.  Don't do anything else illegal.  Mary Rose Wilcox has proven how tough she is, by standing up to you. 

She is a hero in Congressional District 7.  We are giving up our strongest leader to represent us in Congress.  Mary Rose Wilcox will make history by becoming Arizona's first Latina U.S. Representative. 

tjmenke
tjmenke

I remember back in the 70's and 80's when Ms. Wilcox was the enemy that New Times loved to reference.  The times they are a changing....

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

An armed posse? Really? A political stunt by arpaio. MCSO is not welcome.

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Gentle_Fern
Gentle_Fern

Degenerate pigs like Miss Wilcox have no business running for public office. 

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Fuck Joe Arputo and the Posse he rode in on....

wagonjak
wagonjak

Sheriffs Joe and Paul Babeau...the evil Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee twins. They are both loathsome lawbreaking criminals, but the low brow crowd here in AZ loves them both. They both care more for their images in the press than they do about upholding the law.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Joe's geriatric rabble rousers would be there to scare people off more than anything. Mary Rose can manage things herself. That said, !Viva Ruben Gallego! !Somos contigo! Hehe.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I've been wondering how long it would be until the elderly mush master chimed in, trying to get his name out again. It seems Joe Paul Babeu is getting too much free press.


sal.krico
sal.krico

@Gentle_Fern 

Mary Rose Wilcox has every RIGHT to run for office. 

And you have the privilege of hiding your hideous face and fowl mouth. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Gentle_Fern


Gosh fern, wouldn't the world be wonderful if only people who thought like you ran for office.  

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@Cozz why would you want to fuck Arputo and his posse ? are you advertising your ability to do a train ? you know what  ?your a sick bastard, get help

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@TommyCollins If something horrible happens at this event and there is no presence of police (deputies) what do you think would be played out by those in attendance along with the Spanish media. With that issue going on down at the southern border and Wilcox deciding now would be a good time to fan the flames it would seem to me the stunt she is promoting could create a hostile environment

cinesimonj
cinesimonj

@john043012 So, it will be her fault if a bunch of your terrorist pals decide to start opening fire on their political opponents. You really think that makes sense, don't you kiddo? Or, once you've seen what your childish implications actually say, will you pretend that you meant something else entirely? 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@john043012 This is NOT a police (deputy) presence... this is a POSSE presence


HUGE difference

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@john043012 John, the way I see it the letter was nothing more than the same gesture Mrs. Brewer gave to Mr. Obama. He was wagging his flaccid finger in her face, nothing more. The elderly elected official has the authority to send additional staffing to this event without this formal notification. It's not likely much will happen at the event, in any case, just like it didn't happen yesterday at Oracle when Joe Paul let the cat out of the bag on an event that was never scheduled. 

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

One other thing Tommy this press release of offering additional manpower  , its called covering his ass now everyone will know the truth if a situation does arise

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@cinesimonj


That seems to be the mentality of old John. I can't help but think he must be a pistol packing member of one of the thousands of posses MCSO uses. Scary stuff.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @john043012


Yes, there is, Flyer. Imagine how the certified deputies must feel when the elderly guy lumps his geriatric posse in with them, giving people the idea that they are real cops..... what an insult. It's no wonder so many of MCSO officers are hoping for the day when the Geriatric Goon passes the torch...

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@john043012 Actually it's not.


If Joe REALLY wanted to cover his ass in case a situation does arise, he would volunteer ACTUAL POLICE OFFICERS and would not have to do it via a press release, something he has NEVER done for any other public official in this manner.


Now go wipe Joe's brown stain off your lips and toungue

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