Picard explained that the matter had been turned over to ICE's Office of Professional Responsibility for investigation, so he would not comment on the details of the case.

This avian just wishes ICE had considered "humanitarian concerns" when it granted federal authority to an organization with a history of human rights abuses.

BLAME GAME

Maria del Carmen Garcia-Martinez, shortly after her release from ICE custody. MCSO officers broke her arm.
Stephen Lemons
Maria del Carmen Garcia-Martinez, shortly after her release from ICE custody. MCSO officers broke her arm.

The MCSO's notorious for abusing inmates and violating their civil rights. There have been cases of broken arms and necks, like the arm of Eric Johnson, which was snapped by MCSO oafs in 1994 after he demanded a sandwich. Or there's the neck of paraplegic Richard Post, which was broken in 1996 after MCSO guards strapped him into a medieval restraint chair because he asked for a catheter.

As for the list of those who've died in Joe's jails because of MCSO abuse and negligence, that would take a doorstop of a book to do them justice. You may be familiar with some of the names: Scott Norberg, Charles Agster, Phillip Wilson, Deborah Brailllard (see New Times' special "Investigating Sheriff Joe Arpaio" page). More recently, there have been the jailhouse slayings of Robert Cotton, murdered May 1, 2008, by a member of the Aryan Brotherhood and Juan Mendoza Farias, beaten to death December 2, 2007, likely by Arpaio's guards, while in stir on a DUI-related probation violation.

It wouldn't have taken the feds long to research this information in New Times' archives, or to find out that Arpaio's jails had been condemned by Amnesty International. Furthermore, they must have known that Arpaio's the sadistic P.T. Barnum of law enforcement, and that he's proud of the punishments meted out by his gendarmes.

So although ICE earns a point for doing what's right in the case of Garcia-Martinez, that mother's broken arm offers painful testimony that Arpaio should never have been given 287(g) authority to begin with, and that it now should be jerked away — not only from Arpaio's 287(g) force of 160 federally deputized law dogs who are active in the sweeps but from the 287(g) officers who work the jails.

That broken arm also lends validity to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that the Justice Department is investigating Arpaio's civil rights abuses, and to the declared intention of House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers to hold hearings on the county's corrupt top cop. These developments have Arpaio defenders, such as Republic columnist E.J. Montini, Congressman Trent Franks, and CNN's nativist blowhard Lou Dobbs pitching fits, insisting, as Montini did in a recent column, that Arpaio's the "victim" of a liberal "witch hunt."

If Montini, et al. want a real victim, they should take a look at Garcia-Martinez's case, or that of Ciria Lopez-Pacheco, the Mexican mom who was torn from her crying children in January by MCSO deputies in black ski masks. Or they could read about the harassment endured by the family of Guadalupe resident Elaine Sanchez in our cover story this week, "Are Your Papers in Order?" by Village Voice Media Executive Editor Michael Lacey.

Arpaio's 287(g) status is in real danger, but The Bird has heard through various back-channels that Department of Homeland Security honcho Janet Napolitano, who oversees ICE, wants to strip Arpaio of his 287(g) force in the field, while keeping an ICE presence in the jails.

See, ICE's dirty little secret is that it gave Joe his army of 287(g) men to get that jail access. It's to the jails that all of Maricopa County's law enforcement agencies take their arrestees. And those who're suspected of committing felonies will be asked about their nationality. If they're believed to be illegal, they can be questioned by a 287(g) officer, an ICE hold can be placed on them, and they can be pressured to sign voluntary-removal paperwork to their home country. If they don't sign, they can be transferred to ICE custody and cool their heels waiting to see an immigration judge.

More illegal immigrants are processed this way than via Arpaio's sweeps, which generally do not produce a large number of arrests. For instance, it was the Phoenix Police Department that collared Garcia-Martinez. According to the arrest report, Garcia-Martinez was contacted by Phoenix cop Karen Anderson at Garcia-Martinez's house because the woman had hung signs nearby advertising a yard sale.

Anderson, who was working a sign-abatement detail, wanted to give Garcia-Martinez a warning, and asked for her ID. All Garcia-Martinez had was an old California ID. (The family has been in the United States for 19 years, the past three in Arizona.) Anderson believed the card was fictitious, eventually called for backup, and got the opinion of an officer supposedly trained in forgeries. Garcia-Martinez was arrested and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.

Garcia-Martinez and her new attorney, Danny Ortega, insist the California ID was valid, though expired, as was a matrícula consular card, obtained at the Mexican Consulate, that she presented to the Phoenix PD. Their assertion is supported, in part, by the fact that the charges against her were dropped.

"If she hadn't presented the forged instrument, she probably would have gotten away with a warning," stated PHX PD spokesman Andy Hill. Asked about why the charges were dropped if the ID was fictitious, Hill said the officer had probable cause and that it was up to the County Attorney's Office as to whether to proceed with charges.

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John G
John G

I'm continually amazed at the ignorance liberals display when they start portraying all these illegal immigrants as victims. The immigration laws are in place to prevent criminals and undesirable people from taking up residence in our country. The United States has more than enough drug dealers, child molesters, drunks and illiterate fools. These people cannot acquire documents to enter because they have nothing to offer our country. Take a look at the west side of Phoenix, where all the drug dealing and gang related crimes occur, perpetrated by these poor "victims", and tell me that we shouldn't be doing everything in our power to get those scumbags out. Talk to one of the families of the police officers killed last year when they stopped an illegal alien for crossing a sidewalk and he opened fire, explain to the families of those fallen officers how these illegals are "victims".

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

(This comment was originally received as a letter to the editor)

In Joe�s world, it�s from that top down that everybody must act like a Nazi a-hole; if you don�t get that illegal on her way to being kicked out of the country, your job�s in jeopardy in Joe�s MCSO. Better to break her arm than lose your job.

Timothy Davis, Mesa

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

(This comment was originally received as a letter to the editor)

How horrible for this poor woman. Normally, I would be saying that these illegal aliens deserve what they get. But the cops have to play fair. They aren�t allowed for force people to give over what are supposed to be voluntary fingerprints to the point of breaking an arm.

Arpaio and his men need to be prosecuted to the full letter of the law for doing this.

But I�m kind of glad this came to light, because most of us have no idea what a goon like Joe is really doing until something so contemptible happens.

And if I didn�t live in Maricopa County, I�d think that once people see something contemptible happening over and over again for years and years, they�d have enough and throw the SOB out of office.

But, New Times, keep up the pressure. Whether he admits it or not, Joe�s on the ropes with these federal investigations.

Ric Morales, Phoenix

Coz
Coz

Of course you notice, America's Toughest Shur-iff is too chicken shit to answer any questions about the burtality of breaking her arm with the media he craves so much...

DOJ should be all over this one....

chadsnow
chadsnow

This lady isn't a flight risk anymore. Why would she leave the country when she has a big fat Maricopa County payday settlement coming up? $43,000,000 and counting......

Mike Wells
Mike Wells

Wow, I never thought I'd be calling for the return of Joe's JailCam to the internet. Way too much crap is going down that ends up being a case of he said/she said types of allegations. IF we had all the jail on the 'net, then it would be a lot jharder for the security tapes to 'disappear' or get 'accidentally erased'. I'm really, really glad I moved out of Az every time I read about Joe.

david saint
david saint

franky i have to words to describe you...UNCLE TOM..

TruthAz
TruthAz

Ha!!! To think the one time baseball prospect, Frankie(The Arpaio ass-kisser) Montiel, now has completely sold out his own?? I wonder how he could ever show his face in the proud yet defiant mostly "brown" town?

Maybe that's why he is trying to get some of his few supporters, why he prefers to "ass-kiss", on his facebook page.

What a wuss!!

TruthAz

TommyC1
TommyC1

Dinner with arpaio? Sure, just let me know for sure if it goes. I will definitely be there, since it has to be a public meeting, right?

Frankie Montiel is a complete stooge. I can't believe he hasn't yet figured out that not everyone wants to have conjugal knowledge of arpaio. Maybe he should just send out invitation cards to all the property owners in Guadalupe.

Talk about a complete dipstick...

 
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