Joe Arpaio's Ex-Deputy Chief Brian Sands Dishes Dirt on Steven Seagal, Birthers, and More in Arpaio De Facto Lawman
I'm on deadline at the moment, but I would be remiss if I did not alert New Times' readers to an e-book by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's ex-Deputy Chief Brian Sands, titled Arpaio De Facto Lawman.
Sands left the MCSO last year after 30 years with the agency, following on the heels of Arpaio's high-profile loss in the ACLU's big racial-profiling case,
Melendres v. Arpaio, which led to a federal judge's appointment of a monitor over the MCSO earlier this year.
Arpaio with Sands (right) at worksite raid on Pei Wei in 2011
When Sands retired, some law enforcement insiders speculated that Arpaio blamed Sands for the Melendres loss, since Sands organized Arpaio's infamous Hispanic-hunting sweeps.
However, in this mini-memoir, published on August 6, Sands claims Arpaio wanted him to stay on.
The deputy chief refused to do so, he says, because the sheriff's office was in such a "shambles," and a state of "constant managed chaos and damage control."
Um, as opposed to when, exactly?
Actually, throughout the book, Sands describes a dysfunctional law enforcement agency where PR flacks make law enforcement decisions, aged action heroes are granted carte blanche, and operations are organized primarily for the head honcho's self-aggrandizement.
Arpaio is depicted both as a narcissist obsessed with publicity to the exclusion of all else (surprise, surprise), and an artifact of another era in law enforcement, one unconcerned about such niceties as "probable cause," which Sands claims he's had to explain to the sheriff more than once.
Sands describes Arpaio as an "aficionado of procuring controversy," someone who could "develop anything into a press release."
Sands writes, "Everything with Arpaio has to have something to do with him directly or he is completely apathetic."
Hey, that's a shocker.