MCSO in Compliance with 12 of 87 Requirements, Monitor Reports in Guadalupe

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Warshaw and his team address the Guadalupe crowd.
The court-appointed monitor of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shared results from his teams' first quarterly assessment of the MCSO last night at a community meeting in Guadalupe. But tensions ran high, especially given Arpaio's contentious history with the town.

Chief Robert Warshaw and his team have been charged with monitoring Arpaio's office since January, a result of the October 2012 federal court finding that the MCSO unconstitutionally relied on race during traffic stops of Latinos in Maricopa County. Unsurprisingly, the majority of the 200 or so attendees in the packed Frank Elementary School gym were Latino citizens, many of them residents of Guadalupe.

The Arizona ACLU calls Guadalupe the "site of one of the MCSO's unlawful, racial profiling-based operations," and lingering resentment was clear last night.


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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu Is Full of Hypocrisy and Hyperbole

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu on CNN.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has been whining about criticism he's received for orchestrating a media circus and stirring protest in Oracle over a busload of a few dozen children from Central America that were supposedly going to be detained at a facility in that town.

The children never materialized and Babeu, perched atop his self-aggrandizing pedestal, claimed victory for maintaining the peace among protestors -- and even claims the "public outcry against this secret movement delayed or permanently stopped the transfer."

It's been an interesting few weeks for Babeu, who is steadily clawing his way back into the limelight as he desperately tries to make a political comeback. His political star all but went dark in 2012 when Jose Orozco, Babeu's former Mexican lover, accused the sheriff of threatening him with deportation if he revealed their relationship.

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Congressman Gutiérrez's Staff Take Precaution Following Arpaio's Intimidation Tactics

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Mary Rose Wilcox

Congressman Luis Gutierrez is expected to attend an immigration rally in support of Mary Rose Wilcox's campaign for a seat in Arizona's Seventh Congressional District.

And Gutiérrez's staff turned to the U.S. Capitol Police for advice after being made aware of a letter written by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio citing potential gun violence against political officials, the sheriff's "offer" to send his armed posse members to help "enforce all the laws" and his comments in the media about his "hope" that nothing happens to the Congressman.

"Talking about violence and public officials gets our attention, so we asked the Capitol police to look into it. They decided they would contact the FBI field office in Phoenix," says Douglas Rivlin, director of communication in the Congressman's Washington, D.C. office. "We don't know what, if anything, they're going to do with the information."

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Congressman Luis Gutiérrez of Chicago Calls Sheriff Joe Arpaio a Bully

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Congressman Luis Gutierrez.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a desperate man.

And a bully, says Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez.

"I am proud to stand with Mary Rose Wilcox and the people of Arizona who can see through the Sheriff's publicity stunts and are not intimidated by his bullying," Gutiérrez says in response to Arpaio "offering" to send armed militia posse members on Friday to "secure" a Town Hall on immigration reform hosted by Gutiérrez and Wilcox, a Congressional candidate in Arizona's Seventh District.

"I travel all over the country talking about immigration and gun-violence prevention, and I have never had any problem," Gutiérrez said in a statement. "My position on those issues is immensely popular with most Americans. But I have also never had a local elected official use taxpayer dollars to call on local anti-immigration activists and other opponents to bring guns and form a posse at one of my events."

Welcome to Arizona, Luis.

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Story of Botched Mountain Search By PCSO Aired By ABC 15 Investigators

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Chris Hensley and his two daughters, Alexa and Alyssa. Hensley died in April after he fell from a rock in the Superstition Wilderness.
ABC 15 Investigator Dave Biscobing aired a story this week featuring the Superstition Search and Rescue, an all-volunteer team of wildness heroes that has successfully brought closure to families when the Pinal County Sheriff's Office's search-and-rescue team could not.

"Lost," a New Times feature in December 2012 delved into why SSAR parted ways with Sheriff Paul Babeu, including concerns by search volunteers that sheriff's command staff had little regard for safety.


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Sheriff Arpaio Wants Drones to Circle Over Jails and for Investigations

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Arpaio wants drones.
For whatever reason, (though probably nothing more than he knows it'll get him publicity), Arpaio's got it in his head that his office needs drones.

Not Heron TP-style Iran-busters, and not the all-purpose Predators., but those that more resemble remote-controlled multi-copters for sale at the mall. He's waiting for approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, ABC-15 News confirmed this week, that would make the MCSO the 22nd police agency in the country with drones, and the first in Arizona.


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Joe Arpaio Can't Arrest People for Smuggling Themselves Into Country, Judge Rules

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio


The scheme by county officials to round up immigrants for conspiring to smuggle themselves into the country has been busted up by a federal judge.

As a result of yet another immigration-related lawsuit filed against the county, a federal judge ruled that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and their successors, cannot arrest and prosecute people for self-smuggling -- a plot that was the brainchild of disbarred and disgraced former County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

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Canadian Teenager May Face Charges for Saying He'll Murder "Massive Dickhead" Joe Arpaio

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio


Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that a 16-year-old Canadian boy might be facing criminal charges for threatening to murder Arpaio, who's a "massive dickhead," according to the boy's alleged e-mail threat.

Adding to the long list of non-credible "death threats" Arpaio has publicized, the boy e-mailed the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office saying that he'd murder the "dick sucking shitface" Sheriff and his family, and bomb his house.

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Joe Arpaio Can't Imagine Why Hispanic Group Doesn't Want Sheriff's Office at Their Event

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio issued a press release condemning a Latino organization for not allowing the Sheriff's Office to run a booth at the organization's upcoming convention.

Gee, can anyone think of a reason why the Hispanic Women's Corporation would try to keep Arpaio's office out of its event?

Maybe -- just maybe -- it has something to do with a federal judge's ruling earlier this year that the Sheriff's Office, under Arpaio, racially profiled Latinos.

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Joe Arpaio's Going After the ASU Party Scene This Weekend

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Attendees of last week's ASU football game against Sacramento State.


Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he's going after the party scene at Arizona State University this weekend.

Well, the old man himself won't be out there scribbling minor-in-consumption tickets to the youngsters and telling them what life was like during the Civil War, but his staff warns of a "major crime suppression op[eration]" this weekend.

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