Pardon me while I enjoy the weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth as the Obama Justice Department investigates Sheriff Joe. I’ve always prided myself on my intellectual honesty. Therefore, I am pleased to announced that I finally approve of something the Obama Administration is doing.
‘… the United States Department of Justice is commencing an investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (''MCSO'') pursuant to the pattern or practice provisions of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994,42 U.S.C. §14141 ("Section 14141") and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968,42 U.S.C. § 3789d ("Safe Streets Act"), and pursuant to the prohibitions against national origin discrimination in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d to 2000d-7 ("Title Yr') and the Safe Streets Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3789d(c)." …”
Unfortunately, like the Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight, once again they are blowing it. When people have no moral center, and not actual grounding in the reality of the world, only the engine of political correctness, to guide them, they have a tendency to get it wrong. They did the same thing with their attacks on Rush Limbaugh. Instead of diminishing him, his ratings have never been higher. And, unfortunately they are going to do the same thing with Sheriff Joe. Can you say “martyr”?
The Gang Who Can’t Shoot Straight is going after Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the various and sundry Civil Rights violations in his department. In case you have been living on the former planet, Pluto for the past few years, you, the reader, are probably familiar with Sheriff Joe’s own little version of immigration reform. It’s quite simple. You profile ‘em, arrest ‘em, and deport ‘em.
Then again, someone may be trying to separate Republicans from what little remains of the Hispanic vote, because the targeting of Sheriff Joe, no matter how well deserved, is going to be a rallying cry for the hereto for silent anti-immigration freak show of hate. No matter that the hard-line anti-immigration forces have little to do with the Republican Party, the extreme right third party, independent folks are bound and determined to destroy the GOP.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been one of the most vocal “conservative” Republicans on the anti-Sheriff Joe bandwagon. I’m thinking I created it. The man is deplorable. He also is almost delusional. Sheriff Joe told CNS News:
“…“I will not back down. What I am doing is upholding the laws of the state of Arizona, and I will not be persuaded to turn my back on my oath of office as sheriff of this county.”…
It really doesn’t matter of tens of thousands of criminal warrants go un-served. The tens of millions of dollars paid out for miscellaneous wrongful deaths of prisoners in Sheriff Joe’s custody don’t count for much. The abuse of justice that Sheriff Joe embraces in Maricopa County is simply a little sticking point. Sheriff Joe is being investigated for racial profiling and the violation of civil rights. And – those violations have been flagrant and numerous.
My personal favorite took place on Good Friday, 2008. That day, the most solemn and one of the most sacred holy days for those of us who are Christian, Sheriff Joe decided to harass and profile Christians – Catholics, as they went to church for Good Friday services and Confirmation. As an Episcopalian, I was very proud of Arizona Bishop Kirk Smith, who joined forces with the local Catholic hierarchy and a local Rabbi in attempting to quell Sheriff Joe’s reign of terror. As a Republican, I am ashamed of the fact that no Republican stood up to join them and condemn Sheriff Joe’s deplorable actions. One can only imagine what possessed the man to intimidate and harass Hispanic parishioners arriving for services on the most holy day of the Christian year.
Then there is the tale about the guy who was suffering from TB. Just ask Robert Daniels about the way Sheriff Joe handles “inmates” who have tuberculosis. It’s a wonder Daniels even survived the merciful treatment Sheriff Joe provided, but then the (no longer called enemy combatants) detainees at Gitmo are treated better than Sheriff Joe treats his prisoners, but then Sheriff Joe is trying to save the tax-payers just a little bit of money.
FYI, Sheriff Joe has saved so darn much money that his jails are no longer accredited, but he’s saving money. It doesn’t really matter if he’s providing sub-standard health care. They’re prisoners. Who cares if they live or die, right?
Did you hear the one about the shooting of Juan Mendoza Farias? He was handcuffed and alone in one of Sheriff Joe’s cells when guards opened the door, and fired at least a dozen pepper balls at him. They fired Taser stun guns at him dozens of times, then blasted him with a massive amount of mace from a container like a fire extinguisher. Two hours later, after 11 other guards went at it with him, he died. Oh, and he was a legal immigrant, with a legal Social Security number. The reason for all the “over kill” (pardon the pun)? It seems like Farias was “acting crazy”. H was having seizures, but Sheriff Joe’s valiant guards rarely resort to sending their bad guy prisoners for medical attention. It costs too much. Besides, they were waiting to hear back from ICE, determined to find a reason for Farias to be considered an “illegal”, but then that’s Sheriff Joe for you, always looking out for the decent people of Maricopa County.
Sheriff Joe had a nifty way of keeping down the population of Maricopa County. Just ask Ambrett Spencer about the care she received while she was serving time for drunk driving, having entered the jail, pregnant with a healthy baby girl. Baby Ambria Renee was dead because Ambrett Spencer did not receive the proper medical attention when she begged for it. It’s a common practice in Sheriff Joe’s jails, but then he’s saving the people of Maricopa County money, right?
Evidently the water in one of the Detention Centers is filthy and has been infected with mice feces, since 2005. They carry a parasite (the same parasite in kitty litter) that causes birth defects.
In October of 2008 a Federal Judge ruled that Sheriff Joe’s current jail conditions violate the US Constitution when it comes to health care, overcrowding, and access to medication. And pregnant women? Well, they’re given an extra blanket, a lower bunk, an inedible snack, and maybe they might get prenatal vitamins. And, if they have a miscarriage, tough luck. That’s no reason to call the doctor or even give a woman medical care. Sheriff Joe is saving the taxpayers money that way.
Why just the other day, some of Sheriff Joe’s guys broke a woman’s arm because she refused to be finger-printed to prove she was an illegal immigrant.
If Sheriff Joe is allegedly saving Maricopa County so darn much money, why is he usually operating in the red and why has he cost the county (allegedly) over $41 million in lawsuits, many of them wrongful death? During a three year period where New York, Chicago, LA, and Houston housed over 61,000 inmates per day, these combined cities only had 43 prison conditions law-suits filed against them. But in Maricopa County, during the same time frame, some 2,150 lawsuits have been filed against Sheriff Joe.
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it, why someone hasn’t tried to take him out sooner than this. But then, he’s a good conservative, doesn’t mind hanging out with guys who are proven neo-nazis and have neo-nazi pals, but what the heck, he’s corralin’ and roundin’ up those bad illegals at a magnificent rate. Who cares if he doesn’t practice safe civil rights? They’re just nasty illegals. The people in his cells are evil criminals and deserve unfit food, filth, killer heat, and no medical care. He’s saving the tax-payers of Maricopa County money and being a conservative bastion.
If the abuse of humans doesn’t get to you, then the check out the animal cruelty charges filed against his department.
All of this constantly makes me wonder why the people of Maricopa County keep on keeping on re-electing Joe Arpaio. He gives Republicans a bad name and is an embarrassment to the GOP. More than that, he gives the human race a bad name. But, he does, allegedly save the taxpayers of Maricopa County tones of money, so they keep on re-electing him.
You gotta love it.