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Strapped with a sidearm, carrying an Arizona flag, and wearing a golf cap and ink-black sunglasses, the neo-Nazi insisted that he not be referred to as a Nazi of any sort. "I'm a National Socialist!" he declared proudly.

Though he would reveal his name only as "Harry," this particular neo-Nazi is known as "Vandal" on his Yahoo profile, where he lists late white supremacist leader William Pierce's racist, dystopian novel The Turner Diaries and Tenney Davis' The Chemistry of Powder and Explosives as two of his favorite books. Vandal waited patiently on the sidewalk near Tent City on May 2 as thousands of marchers approached Joe Arpaio's vast incarceration complex to protest the 287(g) program that empowers the sheriff to enforce federal immigration law.

National Socialist Movement member Thomas Coletto, a.k.a. "Vito Lombardi," with Sheriff Joe Arpaio on May 2.
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National Socialist Movement member Thomas Coletto, a.k.a. "Vito Lombardi," with Sheriff Joe Arpaio on May 2.
J.T. Ready (left) and Thomas Coletto, sieg heil-ing the May 2 marchers.
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J.T. Ready (left) and Thomas Coletto, sieg heil-ing the May 2 marchers.
Neo-Nazis Thomas Coletto (left) and J.T. Ready bait a local musician they believed to be Jewish.
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Neo-Nazis Thomas Coletto (left) and J.T. Ready bait a local musician they believed to be Jewish.
Ready (second from right) participates in a National Socialist Movement rally in Omaha, Nebraska.
Ready (second from right) participates in a National Socialist Movement rally in Omaha, Nebraska.
Arpaio receives a plaque from nativists, including U.S.A. member Barb Heller (left)
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Arpaio receives a plaque from nativists, including U.S.A. member Barb Heller (left)
A close-up of the plaque
Eduardo Barraza
A close-up of the plaque
Old-time neo-Nazi Elton Hall pickets on behalf of U.S.A.
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Old-time neo-Nazi Elton Hall pickets on behalf of U.S.A.
County Attorney Andrew Thomas (left) pays a visit to a U.S.A. meeting in 2006. U.S.A. founder Rusty Childress is seen in the background.
County Attorney Andrew Thomas (left) pays a visit to a U.S.A. meeting in 2006. U.S.A. founder Rusty Childress is seen in the background.
"Harry," a.k.a. "Vandal," prefers to be called a National Socialist instead of a neo-Nazi.
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"Harry," a.k.a. "Vandal," prefers to be called a National Socialist instead of a neo-Nazi.
"Buffalo" Rick Galeener, one of U.S.A.'s most outspoken members.
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"Buffalo" Rick Galeener, one of U.S.A.'s most outspoken members.
U.S.A. founder Rusty Childress with Sheriff Joe, inside the MCSO’s taped-off command post on March 21, 2008.
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U.S.A. founder Rusty Childress with Sheriff Joe, inside the MCSO’s taped-off command post on March 21, 2008.
Demonstrators step on a Mexican flag during a 2007 protest at Pruitt’s.
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Demonstrators step on a Mexican flag during a 2007 protest at Pruitt’s.
Arpaio fanatic and MCSO-U.S.A. go-between Barb Heller in a photo from her MySpace page.
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Arpaio fanatic and MCSO-U.S.A. go-between Barb Heller in a photo from her MySpace page.

More polite than his nativist compatriots in groups such as United for a Sovereign America and Riders Against Illegal Aliens, Vandal was just as virulently committed to Arpaio and his anti-immigration policies as his heavy-handed colleagues.

The issue, he claimed, is that the United States is giving "preferential treatment" to Mexican immigrants over American citizens.

Asked whether he thought the sheriff wanted him and a gaggle of, well, neo-Nazis confronting anti-Joe protesters in the "Walk for Respect," Vandal said: "He needs our support."

Standing nearby was J.T. Ready, ex-Mesa City Council candidate, former Republican precinct committeeman, and erstwhile associate of State Senator Russell Pearce. Ready was waving a huge Confederate flag and wiping imaginary "Mexcrement," as he called it, onto a real Mexican tricolor on the ground.

Ready is the most infamous neo-Nazi in Maricopa County, known for handing out anti-Semitic screeds at Republican Party functions, for his activism in anti-immigration circles, and for his occasional run-ins with law enforcement, which have included getting arrested in 2007 for driving with fictitious plates on his black Chevy Impala and possessing a pre-emption emitter, which allows him to bypass red lights. Also in his car at the time were a 9-millimeter Beretta, white-power literature, and binoculars.

"Obama's not my president," Ready told New Times as he flitted from topic to topic, waiting with Vandal for the arrival of the marchers. "He's ZOG's president."

ZOG is neo-Nazi shorthand for Zionist Occupation Government, the fictitious Jewish conspiracy that some neo-Nazis believe controls the United States. Ready continued his wide-ranging diatribe, segueing not very subtly into why he believes pogroms against Jews in Europe's past were a good thing.

"They [had] to expel an alien that's preying upon them. [They were] parasites," said Ready, a former Marine who was twice court-martialed and expelled from the military with a bad-conduct discharge. "C'mon, that's healthy. It's only when you're unhealthy that you've got parasites on you."

When New Times asked Ready whether he hated all Mexicans, he offered another dehumanizing metaphor: "I don't hate all of anything. I don't hate all scorpions, but I wouldn't want them crawling around in my house."

Ready then bragged about how Sheriff Arpaio had stopped by earlier in the day, said hello, and even called him by name. Another neo-Nazi, using the handle "Vito Lombardi," excitedly related how a photo was taken of him and his hero, Arpaio.

The conversation was cut short by the anti-Arpaio demonstrators, led by rock musician Zack de la Rocha, who were making their way east on Durango Street, from 35th Avenue toward Tent City.

The neo-Nazis were the first to encounter the mostly Hispanic protesters, saluting them with Nazi sieg heils, enraging them with Mexican flag-stomping, and haranguing them with cries of "scum," "murderers," and "rapists."

The Phoenix Police Department was out in full force to make sure violence didn't erupt between the neo-Nazis and nativists — many of whom displayed firearms — on one side of the street and the pro-immigration crowd on the other.

Still, the ugliness was pervasive, whether it was U.S.A. members holding placards linking Mexicans to diseases such as swine flu (many in the pro-Joe crowd wore surgical masks), or Vito Lombardi and J.T. Ready's teaming up to bait a local musician because they believed him to be Jewish.

After the march, it was revealed through an image posted on the white supremacist message board Stormfront.org that the neo-Nazi calling himself Lombardi really had scored his fanboy snapshot with Joe Arpaio. Indeed, the sheriff had stopped beside the neo-Nazis in an unmarked black sedan before the throng of anti-MCSO protesters arrived.

Captured on video and posted on YouTube (view here) by nativist Lynne Stevens (known online as "Jackie40d"), the sheriff speaks with the neo-Nazis briefly, allows them to take photos, and even gives them a little intelligence on the marchers.

The marchers "won't be here for an hour," he informs them in the video, which has now been viewed more than 800 times on Stevens' rarely watched YouTube channel.

Arpaio's flirtation with the fascists that day could be written off as a politically incorrect flub — if it were not for his pattern of courting extremist nativists over the past four years. It's the natural result of Arpaio's Johnny-come-lately stand on illegal immigration, his immigration sweeps (during which claims of racial profiling have been rampant), and his Archie Bunker-like attitude regarding racial and ethnic issues wrapped up in the immigration debate.

For instance, take Arpaio's now-infamous statement (view here) on a November 2007 episode of Lou Dobbs' CNN show that it was an "honor" to be called a KKK member. The clip has long since gone viral, giving ammunition to those who believe Arpaio to be an unrepentant bigot.

Yet the sheriff's involvement with extreme hate groups is not incidental. The relationship has been prolonged and intentional, arguably helping him get re-elected last year in a county where much of the electorate is hostile toward Mexican immigrants.

Since 2007, Arpaio has appeared at nativist events, accepted awards from groups such as the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, welcomed U.S.A. leader Rusty Childress into his immigration sweep headquarters, spoken at nativist meetings frequented by neo-Nazis, and used petitions circulated by extremists to justify his immigration dragnets.

Also troubling are indications that the MCSO, in some cases, instructs U.S.A. through member Barb Heller, who has bragged about her contacts with the Sheriff's Office to anyone who will listen, and who apparently receives instruction and advice on how U.S.A. should handle itself.


In the light of Arpaio's love affair with nativist groups, his photo with a neo-Nazi seems almost inevitable. But the implications of it are disturbing.

The presence of neo-Nazis at the march and Arpaio's snapshot with Lombardi were first reported by New Times on one of the newspaper's blogs. NBC affiliate Channel 12 later picked up on a YouTube video of Ready and Lombardi flipping (view here) sieg heils that New Times had already posted.

After seeing the video and photo, Arizona Anti-Defamation League director Bill Straus called on Arpaio to distance himself from neo-Nazis.

"The fact that it's posted on Stormfront is enough for Arpaio to say, 'Hey, I'm not looking for support from neo-Nazis,'" Straus told New Times of the Arpaio-Lombardi snapshot.

But the sheriff has yet to condemn his National Socialist supporters. All the MCSO public-relations team could muster was this lukewarm defense of their boss to Channel 12:

"It is not the sheriff's position to discourage groups on either side from exercising their rights. Sheriff Arpaio does not have any control over who shows up to these public protests."

A couple of days later, another jackboot dropped. New Times discovered that the National Socialist Movement member who scored the sweetheart pic with Arpaio was Thomas Vito Coletto, who was implicated in what some thought was a "Columbine copycat" plot against Coletto's high school, Desert Mountain, in 2007. Coletto and four others were collared for burglarizing chemicals such as ammonium nitrate, the same compound used by Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Coletto, now 19, ultimately pleaded guilty to criminal damage in a 2008 deal with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, which dropped the burglary charge against him. He received two years' probation and a hefty fine.

The Scottsdale teen claims the incident was merely high school shenanigans, misinterpreted by the authorities in the paranoia over the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. However, a YouTube video of and by Coletto showing him using homemade explosives in an infantile effort to re-create the World War II experiences of his grandfather (who, ironically, fought the Nazis in Europe) is particularly eyebrow-raising in light of Coletto's neo-Nazi affiliations. (Coletto removed the video after New Times mentioned it in a blog post.)

This May 2 dalliance with Coletto and J.T. Ready wasn't the first time Arpaio has associated with the neo-Nazis. In March 2008, the sheriff spoke before a United for a Sovereign America meeting at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Sunnyslope, where U.S.A. affiliate Elton Hall was in attendance. Hall, 75, is a legend in Arizona neo-Nazi circles, venerated by racist skinheads for his work as an organizer for George Lincoln Rockwell's American Nazi Party in the 1960s.

Hall has been around so long that he's actually mentioned in scholarly tomes about American neo-Nazis, yet U.S.A. members embraced him as a "patriot," a term they used to describe him in one of the organization's official statements. Hall has kept vigil with other U.S.A. protesters at armed demonstrations outside civil rights leader Salvador Reza's Macehualli Day Labor Center in north Phoenix. For more than a year, U.S.A. has protested at the center, which gives day laborers a place to wait for jobs without trespassing on other businesses' properties.

New Times exposed the septuagenarian storm trooper's participation in U.S.A. activities in February 2008, shortly after Hall was injured in a two-car collision as he picketed near the Macehualli center. He recovered in time to hear Arpaio speak at the VFW post on March 20.

If Arpaio could claim ignorance about Hall before the VFW appearance, the sheriff could not do so afterward. Following a press conference on March 21 to announce an anti-immigration sweep in the area of Thomas Road and 32nd Street, New Times confronted Arpaio about his ties to U.S.A. and about U.S.A.'s accepting neo-Nazis into its fold.

J.T. Ready frequented U.S.A. meetings when they were held at the Kia dealership Childress once owned on West Camelback Road in Phoenix. And Childress gave the maximum amount, $370, to Ready's 2006 Mesa City Council bid, as did Aron Mezo, Childress' partner in the now-defunct Scottsdale nightclub E4. Childress also employed Ready as a bouncer at the club, during the time Ready was running for office.

Ready's neo-Nazi leanings were first detailed by New Times in 2007 blog and column items discussing his Web page on NewSaxon.org, a social networking site "for whites, by whites," where Ready maintains a blog under the handle "Viking Son" and makes such anti-Semitic statements as, "The Jew is a two-legged cancer which corrupts and putrefies all that is natural and noble upon this Earth." But if there were any doubts about Ready's views remaining, he eliminated them by traveling to Omaha, Nebraska, for a rally sponsored by the National Socialist Movement on September 1, 2007. There, Ready was captured in photographs standing shoulder to shoulder with swastika-wearing brownshirts.

But back to the sheriff's March 21 press conference, which occurred inside a taped-off area that served as Arpaio's provisional headquarters for the anti-immigrant sweep. All anti-Arpaio protesters and U.S.A. counter-protesters remained outside the yellow tape, save for one: Rusty Childress.

Pressed about Childress' presence in the inner sanctum, Arpaio responded by saying Childress is "a good guy."

Arpaio was asked, "You don't have any problem with him accepting neo-Nazis into his ranks?"

The sheriff replied, "I have no problem. You know what? I talk to everybody. I even talk to the demonstrators."

"Would you talk to the Klan?" New Times asked.

"I talk to the inmates. I talk to everybody. I'm the sheriff for everybody," he responded, glibly.

If neo-Nazis did not give Arpaio pause, their presence later led to a mini-rebellion in U.S.A.'s ranks, with Republican activist and Vietnam veteran Bob Haran and anti-immigrant activist Anna Gaines walking out of an April 10 meeting where Hall was present.

Gaines accused Hall of hurting the group's image and suggested he remove himself from U.S.A. Hall was defiant, and the meeting turned into a shouting match. Hall remained, while acknowledging his National Socialist beliefs and his continuing activism as a neo-Nazi.

A week later, Hall offered the group an out: He would officially "step down" from U.S.A. yet still participate in some of its events. U.S.A. accepted his proposal, and Hall has been at subsequent U.S.A. demonstrations since last April. For instance, he was present at U.S.A.'s counter-demonstration to the February 28 anti-Arpaio march, which drew 5,000 marchers to downtown Phoenix. Like the smaller May 2 Walk for Respect, it was led by Rage Against the Machine/One Day as a Lion frontman Zack de la Rocha.

Aside from speaking to a group with neo-Nazi ties, Arpaio has also served as a "rallying point" for white supremacists, in the words of Arizona ADL director Straus. For instance, on the white nationalist site Stormfront.org, whole discussion strings are devoted to Joe Arpaio's so-called patriotic actions.

"I love to see a white man stand up for himself," wrote one Stormfront member recently under the handle "direct action."

In the same thread, a Stormfronter from Arizona named "DesertFox63" stated, "Sheriff Joe is my man, yes he is. I voted for him all 5 times."

As with neo-Nazis counter-protesting the Walk for Respect, Arpaio has never disavowed support from the racist right. And such radicals have flocked to demonstrations supporting him.

In late 2007, M.D. Pruitt's furniture store became a tinderbox as Pruitt's owner Roger Sensing hired off-duty MCSO deputies to patrol his property and keep away day laborers seeking work from motorists.

The MCSO not only guarded Sensing's lot, it scoured the area, stopping day laborers and drivers when possible, looking for illegal immigrants to arrest. Under the leadership of Salvador Reza, weekend protests of Sensing's business commenced, and counter-protesters from U.S.A. and other nativist groups showed up to oppose Reza's action. By the end of the year, the demonstrations and counter-demonstrations were drawing hundreds of activists from both sides. The pro-Arpaio supporters were armed with guns, pepper spray, and collapsible batons.

Several neo-Nazis joined the nativist side, including Scott Hume (a.k.a. Shawn Hughes), the "acting unit leader" of the Phoenix chapter of the National Socialist Movement. (Hume was outed by New Times during coverage of the protests.)

Also present were newbie skinhead Damon Ashenfelter and longtime local neo-Nazi Jerry Harbin, among others. The situation was tense, with nativist demonstrators stomping on the Mexican flag and both sides jeering each other. Phoenix police eventually separated the protest factions to opposite street corners, but violence seemed imminent for a time.

Arpaio visited Pruitt's on several occasions, treating the furniture store as his personal fiefdom. Occasionally, he ventured out to where the protesters were. The nativist side cheered him like a conquering hero, while the pro-immigration side hissed and booed him. Once, Arpaio walked down the street next to where Salvador Reza's group was lined up on the sidewalk and taunted the crowd. He was accused by some protesters of trying to incite the two groups.

If this was Arpaio's intention, he did not get his wish. By the end of 2007, the Pruitt's protests concluded with a proverbial whimper rather than a bang after owner Roger Sensing agreed not to hire off-duty MCSO deputies. But Pruitt's had given Arpaio a bold, new idea — sweeps to root out illegal immigrants that would continue to draw protesters and get the sheriff's face plastered across the media.


Its neo-Nazi participants aside, United for a Sovereign America has always included a rogues' gallery, accepting various extremists and questionable individuals into its meetings and activities in its ongoing effort to influence the immigration debate in Arizona and beyond.

Past attendees at U.S.A. assemblies have included John Watson, a.k.a. "John the Scot," who claimed to be a member of the White Knights of America, a white separatist group based in Tonopah, and Laine Lawless, a gun-toting pagan from San Francisco known for burning Mexican flags outside Mexican consulates in Phoenix and Tucson.

Scraggly ex-musician "Buffalo" Rick Galeener remains one of the group's most outspoken and active members, despite his pleading guilty in December 2008 for urinating in public in front of a woman and her 2-year-old child near the Macehualli Day Labor Center. Galeener, who is usually armed, regularly refers to non-whites as "monkeys" and maintains a Web site that offers T-shirts with sadistic and sometimes racist messages such as, "Attention Mexico: We Shoot Strays" and "Undocumented Illegal Alien Hunter."

Galeener also once made a vague threat toward U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver on U.S.A.'s Web site, www.immigrationbuzz.com, after Silver issued a temporary order blocking a Cave Creek ordinance against day laborers.

"Nothing is too 'good' for this traitorous judge," opined Galeener. "Remember her name when it comes time to mark an X."

As another example, plus-size erotic masseuse Brandy Baron, one of Sheriff Arpaio's most vocal supporters and a regular at the Macehualli protests, once suggested to videographer and pro-immigration activist Dennis Gilman that Mexicans should be shot as they tried coming over the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

In retaliation for Salvador Reza's leading the protests at Pruitt's, U.S.A began the daily protests at the Macehualli center, near 25th Street and Bell Road, around the beginning of 2008. At a recent six-year anniversary ceremony for Macehualli, about 50 nativist protesters, in an attempt to disrupt the celebration, hurled obscenities at day laborers and their young children as they entered the center for the event.

On U.S.A.'s Web site, immigrants are portrayed as bringing crime, disease, and social decline. The Web site demonizes Mexicans through regular updates and commentary on current events. The reconquista conspiracy theory, which says Mexico is attempting to take back the Southwest by encouraging illegal immigration, is treated as gospel.

Also on immigrationbuzz.com, you can find video of the late Madeleine Cosman, a racist lecturer known for railing against "anchor babies" (otherwise known as American citizens born to undocumented parents) and proffering false claims that Mexican immigrants were responsible for a rise in leprosy cases. Every crime committed by an illegal immigrant earns headline treatment on U.S.A.'s site. As does every press release from Sheriff Joe.

For its anti-immigrant rhetoric and activism, U.S.A. has been labeled a "nativist extremist" group by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report magazine. The label means the organization targets "individual immigrants rather than immigration policies." Both Rusty Childress and Buffalo Rick Galeener have been profiled as nativist leaders by the Montgomery, Alabama-based civil rights publication.

Despite its infamy, U.S.A. has drawn visits from such local, far-right luminaries as State Senator Pearce, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, and Arizona GOP Chairman Randy Pullen. But it's Sheriff Arpaio who arguably has the tightest ties to the organization.

Indeed, it was Galeener who instigated Arpaio to bring one of his anti-immigrant sweeps to Bell and Cave Creek roads, near the Macehualli center. Though the center is generally supported by local businesses in the Palomino neighborhood, Galeener was able to find eight businesses, out of hundreds in the busy Bell Road corridor, willing to request an MCSO sweep in writing. The meager support for Galeener from local shops was enough to get the sheriff marching in lockstep with U.S.A.'s agenda.

Not long after the MCSO set up its command center in a parking lot at Bell and Cave Creek Roads on March 27, about 700 anti-Arpaio demonstrators encircled the provisional headquarters, held back by MCSO barricades. About two dozen counter-demonstrators from U.S.A. and the motorcycle group Riders Against Illegal Aliens also showed up. These pro-Arpaio counter-demonstrators received special protection from MCSO deputies while they were there. Both sides threw water bottles and soft-drink cans at each other. At one point, a man with a shotgun slung over his back was arrested by the MCSO after appearing on the scene. Neither side claimed him as one of their own. He seemed to be one of the many disturbed individuals attracted to Arpaio's circus-like sweeps.

During a March 20 address at the Sunnyslope VFW post, Arpaio tipped off U.S.A. that the Bell Road sweep was coming on March 27.

"I appreciate your support," he told the U.S.A. crowd, including neo-Nazi Elton Hall. "You're on the right track. You're doing what you should be doing."

On that night, the crowd was whipped into a fervor when Arpaio informed them that undocumented immigrants were fleeing the state.

"The good news is, all these people are leaving," Arpaio stated. "They're going to other states, or back to Mexico."

The sheriff cemented his status as U.S.A.'s favorite politician with the VFW speech, and anyone speaking out against his policies met with U.S.A.'s wrath.

After Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon denounced Arpaio's racial profiling and links to bigots and neo-Nazis exposed by New Times, some U.S.A. regulars formed a group called American Citizens United, which organized a recall effort against Gordon. The effort was unsuccessful, even though U.S.A. members circulated petitions and drove cars around town pasted with signs demanding Gordon's removal from office.

The leader of the campaign against the mayor was Anna Gaines. Though she had stormed out of the April 10 U.S.A. meeting over the continued presence of neo-Nazi Hall, she was fully backed in her effort to recall Gordon by Rusty Childress and the U.S.A. faithful. Ironically, Gaines was cited on a trespassing charge by local police for gathering recall signatures at a bookstore where Arpaio was signing copies of his "autobiography," Joe's Law. She was later found not guilty of the charge.

Though the recall effort failed, U.S.A. members weren't finished with Gordon. On the afternoon of Sunday, October 26, they took the unusual step of picketing Gordon's residence. Gordon was not at home, but the nativists did manage to spook children at a Halloween party going on at a neighbor's house. One of their signs read: "Phil Gordon, you piece of shit!"

Gordon spokesman Scott Phelps offered a wry analysis after the demonstration:

"You know the saying, 'If you lift a rock, you'll find a snake?' Well, if you lift up a snake, you'll find United for a Sovereign America."

Days after the protest at Gordon's home, U.S.A. joined with Minuteman Civil Defense Corps founder and current U.S. Senate hopeful Chris Simcox to give the sheriff a plaque on the lawn of the Arizona Capitol. Actually, the plaque was given by a California group called the "National Veterans Coalition," a shill for the far-right Constitution Party, which is allied with the equally conservative John Birch Society. Still, the majority of those present were from U.S.A., including Galeener and Barb Heller.

Called the "America First Award," the engraved wooden plaque reads that it was presented to Arpaio for his "departmental policy against illegal immigration and standing up for America." Arpaio appeared in his full sheriff's uniform, including gun and badge, to accept the plaque.

In December 2008, Arpaio accepted a similar award from Simcox, after a speech the sheriff gave at Arizona's American-Italian Club in Phoenix before a crowd of U.S.A. members and Minutemen. Simcox, a nativist with a conviction for carrying a firearm into a national park, supported Arpaio's 2008 re-election bid. Many anticipate that Arpaio will return the favor by endorsing Simcox's challenge to U.S. Senator John McCain in the 2010 Republican primary.

During his speech at the American-Italian Club, Arpaio noted the presence of Anna Gaines in the crowd, and he offered her his special protection in the fallout from her failed Gordon recall and her trespassing charge.

"If anybody gives you any threats over this situation, call me," Arpaio informed her before the adoring crowd. "We'll take care of it."


Like Arpaio himself, the MCSO is quick to show favoritism to United for a Sovereign America, and there is evidence that they act in concert, with the MCSO sometimes instructing U.S.A. members on what to do and how to comport themselves.

Acting as a go-between is 52-year-old U.S.A. member Barb Heller, who reports to the group from contacts inside the Sheriff's Office. Heller, to put it mildly, is a Joe Arpaio fanatic, who attends almost every pro-Arpaio demonstration, and once (wearing a tank top) painted "Go Joe" on her upper chest for an event — a photo she proudly displays on her MySpace page.

On the first night of the sheriff's recent anti-immigrant sweep in Avondale, Heller was present with about 30 U.S.A. members and assorted nativists. Sharing the same sidewalk in front of the sheriff's command post were about 100 anti-Arpaio protesters. The MCSO provided no crowd control, though the two sides harangued each other incessantly.

Late in the evening, an MCSO sergeant placed an orange traffic pylon in the middle of the sidewalk and warned the anti-Joe side against passing this new boundary. When one activist playfully moved the cone, the sergeant returned with MCSO SWAT Captain David Letourneau, who warned that anyone who touched the cone would be arrested. Asked what the charge would be, Letourneau stated, "Whatever we can think of."

The entire exchange is captured in a video posted on YouTube and can be seen at www.phoenixnewtimes.com (view here). Neither Letourneau nor the sergeant advised the nativists not to cross the MCSO's pylon-marked boundary, only the anti-Arpaio faction.

The MCSO apparently was in contact with Heller via cell phone. After everyone dispersed, she and another nativist approached the deputies and spoke with them near their command post, a move that surely would have gotten the anti-Arpaio protesters thrown in jail. At a U.S.A. meeting following the exchange, Heller stated that she had received a phone call about 11:30 p.m. asking that she and the group leave so that the protesters would leave and the deputies could go home. She also mentioned that her "friend on the squad" called her later that night and informed her that MCSO deputies were called back out to investigate a home invasion in the area.

At another U.S.A. meeting, after the May 2 march, she told the group how the MCSO had complained directly to her about J.T. Ready's presence in the nativist camp. Apparently, if Arpaio was unconcerned about the presence of J.T. Ready and the other neo-Nazis on the pro-Joe side, someone in the Arpaio camp realized there was a problem with having Hitler-worshippers supporting the sheriff in front of cameras.

"Phoenix PD calls MCSO; MCSO calls me," she informed her fellow U.S.A. members, confessing that she wondered, "Okay, you guys are all cops, and you expect me to do something about this?"

Heller also discussed how Ready once tried to date her, and she asked other U.S.A. members to endorse a letter to Arpaio telling him that Ready and the other neo-Nazis had nothing to do with U.S.A.

"[The letter] was kind of suggested by the contact," said Heller, not explaining who this mysterious "contact" was. Heller continued, opining that the letter could give Arpaio some wiggle-room when it comes to rationalizing the neo-Nazis' presence on the nativist side during the May 2 march.

Later, when discussing President Barack Obama's visit to ASU this week, Heller mentioned that she promised "the department" that she would make an appearance at ASU to show support for Sheriff Joe while the president was in town.

Heller's comments suggest that the MCSO is attempting to influence U.S.A. and use the group as a political tool.

Does Arpaio's fondness for U.S.A. members, and the favoritism shown by the MCSO toward them, violate the professional ethics expected of a law enforcement organization? Tom Hammarstrom, executive director of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, did not comment on the MCSO directly. But he pointed out, "Arizona peace officers are taught that they should perform all of their official duties without bias or favoritism."

Even so, clearly Arpaio and his office see nothing wrong with returning the love of anybody who supports them — even neo-Nazis or groups that accept neo-Nazis as members. Even at a time when hate crime is on the rise in Phoenix — up 10 percent in 2008.

To Mark Potok, editor of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report, the message from Joe Arpaio is chilling.

"When law enforcement officials sidle up to right-wing radicals," said Potok, "they are bringing contempt on all men and women who stand up for the law in this country. They are telegraphing a message that the law protects everyone except for certain groups."

Indeed, in the latest issue of Intelligence Report, Potok notes that, nationally, hate crimes against Hispanics are up 40 percent since 2003, and the number of hate groups is also on the rise across America, topping 926 last year. Arpaio's infatuation with extremists and the National Socialist Movement could not come at a worse time for those who are their targets.

"These are the people who are charged with enforcing the law equally," Potok told New Times, referring to police officers and sheriff's deputies. "It's critical that our communities be able to trust police officers. When the police are viewed as the enemy by certain segments of the community, I think ultimately all law and order breaks down."

It is open for debate whether Joe Arpaio acts in the manner he does because he is a racist or harbors neo-Nazi beliefs. But one thing is for sure: He is a politician who is always shilling for votes, always looking for ways to feed his ego by keeping himself in the public eye. Though the abuses are the same, he seems more a rabid opportunist than an extremist.

Going back to April 2005, Arpaio was a hero in Arizona's Hispanic community when his deputies arrested Iraq war veteran Patrick Haab for holding seven Mexicans at gunpoint at a Valley rest stop. Haab's vigilantism dovetailed with the Minuteman Project's launch on Arizona's border, and Haab quickly became a folk hero among nativists and Minutemen. The sheriff, however, saw Haab as nothing but a lawbreaker.

"You don't go around pulling guns on people," Arpaio said of Haab at the time. "Being illegal is not a serious crime. You can't go to jail for being an illegal alien . . . You can only be deported."

The sheriff was lambasted by the nativist right, while County Attorney Andrew Thomas received all the glory from that side of the political spectrum for dropping the charges against Haab. It was then that Arpaio's political antennae must have tuned in to a way to garner more support for himself and his campaign for an unprecedented fifth term as sheriff in 2008: go after illegal aliens.

Thomas helped grease the skids for Arpaio with a creative interpretation of Arizona's human-smuggling law, which allowed felony charges against those smuggled in, as well as the smugglers.

Arpaio sicced his 160-deputy force of 287(g)-trained deputies on the undocumented in Maricopa County. During a series of media-frenzied sweeps, he became the poster boy of the anti-migrant movement, and he was re-elected.

So now that he's safely into his fifth term, why does he persist in pursuing Mexicans, even if he is the darling of nativists? Why doesn't he let up, given that under way are a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of his activities and a review by the Department of Homeland Security of his 287(g) agreement?

The answer seems to be that whatever gets Arpaio's mug on TV is fine by him. And being the bogeyman on the illegal immigration issue earns the sheriff time on The Colbert Report, CNN, Larry King, Lou Dobbs . . .

As long as Arpaio senses a chance to score TV time, he'll continue to double-down on racially profiling Hispanics, anti-immigrant sweeps, and even photo-ops with National Socialists.

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DirtySheriff
DirtySheriff

Where did J.T. Ready get the six Military Rocket Proppelled Grenades(Weapons of Mass Destruction) that he had at is Gilbert Arizona Home?

 

At the time of the "Gilbert Masacre" it was said that they had serial numbers, and would be traced to find out how they were in the hands of whacked out Neo-Nazi's.

 

Any Ideas how your Nazi Pal's got these Military Grenades Arpaio?????

 

How about you Babeu?????

 

Sheriffs have access to Military Gear??

 

George Cole
George Cole

Knew for sure that "Sheriff" Joe (Adolph H) Arpaio would have some asso iation with Wierdos sunch as J. T. Ready.

George Cole
George Cole

Knew for sure that "Sheriff" Joe (Adolph H.) Arpaio had some connection with wierdos like j>t> rEADY

Nikodisias Papalapsuslos
Nikodisias Papalapsuslos

YES , WE CAN...YES , WE CAN...WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive...thank you lord....aaamen).

What do you mean tragedy! It was just a birthday present for planet apes president !!! That's all ! Feels great to flip hamburgers and hip hop atop of good news...makes you feel vibrant and energized !!!

ARIZONA = UTOYA = GOVERNMENT‘S "AFTERLIFE" CASH & $$ FLASH MOB (there was no shooting in Utoya or Arizona, but tear gas and theater instead on faces of multiculturalism maniacs..your guilt or blame and shame weapon against us and our families in our own countries atop of forceful unemployment during so called "ECONOMIC CRISES" during which third world foreigners are allowed to rape, kill, and still is nothing else but fast way to early retirements for government related criminals/ terrorists...$$$ extra bonuses, and newly issued state identities while calling you a terrorists) !!! http://stateofterror.blogspot.... or http://stateofterror.wordpress...

OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.c... or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.... Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ...YESSS, WE CAN...YESSS, WE CAN...GABBY OPENED HER EYES (Obaminator’s psychotic speech in Tucson = failed “Apocalypse Now“)

WAKE-UP !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT GETS ALL TO LATE ON PLANET APES !!! TEARS WON'T DO YOU ANY GOOD !!! AS BUSH STATED "THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR"(to die ) !!

EVEN IF IRAQ WOULD HAVE BEEN WAR FOR OIL ONLY, VETERANS WOULDN'T NEVER EVER HAVE TO BE HOMELESS PEOPLE THE WAY THEY ARE AND NOR WOULD OUR PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE ALLOVER THE PLACE THE WAY THEY DO TO VERY TODAY(never ending “war on terror” story). BECAUSE EVEN IF WAR WAS FOR THE SAKE OF MONEY, MONEY SHOULD BE USED FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS AND NOT WHAT THE CASE IS OR AGAINST WHITES(to destroy us allover the world) !!! You don't really proof for 911, just put your sht together in your heads...THIS IS PLENTY ENOUGH TO HAVE O(B)SAMA INDICTED FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST WHITE AMERICAN HUMANITY TOGETHER WITH HIS ZIONIST MASTERS) !!!

Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved USA what is lots of Dollars in your DEBT DEALS as those best of America or Navy Seals would also grew older and then you already know how it goes...DEAD & ILL = DEBT DEAL !!!

HOW MUCH FURTHER ARE WE WILLING TO GO IN ORDER TO PLEASE VERY SAME PEOPLE WHO DENY US EVEN THE RIGHT TO EXISTENCE(what is to you country without laws or lawless country in respect to your personal rights, but the one that in contrast to your denied basic human rights recognizes you extremely liable when payments are due) !!?

IS IT INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CELEBRATE OR DEPENDENCE (what are your credit card bills or alimony saying about it) !!? HOW IS YOUR DIABETES AND LOST MARRIAGES !!? FORECLOSURES AND JOB SEARCH !!? THAT IS THE QUESTION TO BE OR NOT TO BE !!! IS IT LAND OF THE FREE OR STATE OF TERROR AGAINST OWN POPULATION !!? IT IS TIME TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT COLOR ARE THE STRIPES ON OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who wants to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!! IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHOM WE ADDRESS WITH "PRESIDENT" (STOP HUMILIATING YOURSELF) !!!

VOTING POLL:

DO WE NEED MORE PROOFS TO INDICT OBAMA AND BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY !!?

1)NO, THEY ARE CLEARLY GUILTY AS OIL WAR NEVER EVER WAS REAL ISSUE IN GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES. REAL ISSUE ARE FACTS OR WHAT WE WITNESS TODAY WHEN VETERANS ARE HOMELESS, JOBLESS, KILLED, ETC.

2)NO, AS 911 ALONE AS WELL AS ACTIONS IMPOSED AGAINST WHITES IN USA (as well worldwide) ARE CLEARLY INDICATING ACTS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY

3)YESS AS JUST YESTERDAY(for over 15 years to very yesterday), WE (news/media = vacuum world of lies) WERE TELLING YOU THAT UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT 10% WHILE TODAY ONE IS AT 50% (HOW COME NO ONE QUESTION JOURNALISM LIKE THIS OR WHAT IS WORLD OF LIES AND DEMENTIA)!

4)I AGREE WITH FIRST TWO ANSWERS ABOVE. IT IS TIME TO PRESS CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST BOTH ADMINISTRATIONS DUE TO ACTS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY FOR THE SAKE(SAFETY) OF US AND OUR CHILDREN(DO NOT TURN THEM IN WHITE REFUGEES ON PLANET APES OR WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE WHEN VISITING ABOVE PAGES) !!!

Jammer5
Jammer5

Wow, it should be a surprise how many support a law built entirely on deliberate lies. But then again, when one looks at the dregs of humanity, like the nazi followers and their ilk, who support it, one understands that a total lack of an IQ and racism go hand in hand.

ZOG? Wow . . . you all better watch for them black helicopters that are going to whisk you away to secret bases, where you'll be lobotomized and reprogrammed to replace all the undocumented farm workers, and work for $0.20 an hour w/two ten minute breaks a day and no days off.

Pure crazy.

jdub
jdub

Ah, of course when the shoe is on the other foot. I am sure even if everyone voted their agreement of Arpaio, you would feel the need to complain. And that's fine. I just don't want to hear any more smarmy comments like, "Waa waa, we won, get over it". Yeah, it works both ways.

JT Ready
JT Ready

ZOG is very real. It is evident to any who would take a peek beyond their boobtube for a moment long enough to actually think. Hitler was right as well. No wonder that going on the better half of a century beyond his untimely death the Zionist Jews who control the mass media can not stop from hammering him daily even still. If you want to find out the root cause of all our social ills in modern times, just study history. Especially, Third Reich history. It is the same culprit causing all this financial and societal trouble for humankind throughout all of time: The Eternal Jew.

Mike88
Mike88

This rag's coverage of this story is illustrative of the problem we face. The editorial staff of this rag is 100% Jewish. Everything written by the staff reflects a pro-Jewish, pro-black, pro-radical feminist, pro-homosexual, pro-open borders, pro-drugs agenda and is designed to persuade white women to copulate with blacks.

I don't like Arpaio, nor do I like his jail policy, and I certainly don't want to end up in one of them; however his policy on illegals is spot-on, so I support it 100%.

Missy
Missy

"ZOG is neo-Nazi shorthand for Zionist Occupation Government, the fictitious Jewish conspiracy..." I'm NOT a neo-nazi, nor a "white" supremist. However, I'll tell you, after five months of intensive research, what ZOG claims about Zionists is neither fictitious, nor is it a conspiracy. It's real, and it's reality, and they DO control the U.S. Their agenda is so nefarious, it's beyond the scope of any normal person with a conscience. Don't believe me. Do an indepth research for yourself. ONce you have, there is just no way you can escape this reality.

JT Ready
JT Ready

Thomas,

If this is truly you who posted that insane gibberish on The Phx New Times blog then please let me know. I wondered where you went. I assumed that you caved in to the pressure that the Bird placed against you. I warned you of this ahead of time as well as the family fallout that you could encounter if you took a stand against the evil of Zionism in the world today. I guess that you were never really strong enough to fend off the negative publicity from a handful of hateful non-white affiliated racists. How sad for you.

But my gut instincts were correct that something was amiss with your personality to begin with. I have documentation of this to a message I sent to the NSM before you and I ever even met. As you were so eager top become a "probate" member and all as well as other psychological factors we considered. But whatever path you chose in life, I hope that you find some maturity. This cultural war is neither a game nor is it a hobby. People's lives are at stake. Our freedoms are at stake. The very survival of the greatest race on earth is at stake.

Perhaps it is good now that you have been vetted out of the Movement before you could do any real damage. Go back and play with your firecrackers and other infantile toys on Youtube. I sincerely hope that you do not hurt yourself or others in the process. Perhaps, you can land a job with the ADL instead of Toys 'R Us which you currently work at. They just love to twist little kiddie's minds.

JT Ready

White Civil Rights Activist

Thomas Coletto
Thomas Coletto

To the Greater Phoenix Community,

I have come to truly realize that what I was doing for those two months was so terribly wrong. I can't begin to know where to start, but I will try.

After my best friend died of causes which are still unknown, I have had a void in my heart. Nothing in my life was more painful then loosing him, and I think apart of myself died with him.

I will not release his name, because I have already destroyed my name, my families name, my mother, my father, and my grandfather's name. I can only wonder if they will ever truly forgive me for what I have done, and who I associated with.

I associated with true evil, I know this because a member of the NSM Las Vegas Unit, is a self-proclaimed satanist, as is Scott Hume, leader of the Arizona National Socialist Movement.

He has a satanic symbol tattooed on his upper back, the 5 pointed star with a goat head. Why am I telling you this? Because I realized through my own research, how associating with these people was the most damning decision I could have ever made.

I am an Atheist, I chose not to believe in god for my own reasons. Scott tried to push satanism on me, many nights, we would talk over yahoo messenger, and he would ask me to accept a Nazi demon, it was just insane. And he would push it on me. Just as he did to join the NSM. Satan is true evil, and I fell into his trap.

I was indeed influenced, stupid, and I allowed myself to be brainwashed, by people who seemed, so kind, and honest, and true at heart. But I was wrong. I always wondered if they knew I was 1/8th Native American. Would they still have accepted me?

I realized that jewish people, are indeed people, each of us, all of us, including myself have shades of gray. And there are people who are evil. I can't begin to forgive myself for what I did. But I know that the jews were exterminated. I know it because my Grandfather liberated a death camp in WW2. He was in the 26th ID 328th Infantry Regiment. He rarely spoke of WW2 at all, but I remember him telling me that evil people in the war tried to kill an entire people for their belief in god.

I find it hard to look at myself in the mirror, go outside, show my face. I never hated anyone, regardless of my stances on Illegal Immigration. This is fact: I used to HATE Arpaio, because he violates the constitution which I so strongly stand to protect, EVERY day he violates it.

I was not allowed to vote because of my felony, luckily it goes away, once my sentence is up. I tried to VOTE in November, and I did. My name was not removed up until a few months ago. This is the truth, and I was SO proud I even took a cell phone picture.

voted for Obama, who I now disagree with on most issues, I just never liked McCain. I was a Ron Paul guy.

But I remember the feeling that night, when he won. I felt so proud, because of what happened. History unfolded before my eyes. I voted for, and witnessed history before my eyes, and I was so proud, I remember the warmth I felt in my chest when he spoke after he had become President Elect.

Illegal Immigration is wrong, yes, and I was never for any amnesty. But I felt always that our laws are outrageous, and unfair. We need workers, we need hard workers like them. Especially since this hits so close to home. A very good friend of mine immigrated here from Holland when he was a boy. He was with us when we got arrested for vandalism. He was landed with a permanent felony, and after he serves his probation... He is getting deported, and he can never come back, or visit again.

Not only did my best friend die, but now another close friend is moving away, and I will never see his face again... The last time I saw his was at my best friends funeral. Our group was a strange one, at least people in school thought so. It was me, a kid from Holland, a black Muslim, and a few other guys.

His name was never released (the black muslim), he was tried as a juvuinale, and is now on his way to Harvard. I just wish I could still have a positive future. But I fear that since I was so brainwashed and so stupid, I may have destroyed my life in it's entirety...

You know, I wanted to become a Criminal Defense lawyer, for people who could not afford it. I planned to get my Journalism Degree, and then go to law school. But I also fear now that all of that is lost.

I have done some terrible things, but I can't forgive myself for this mistake. I know I am not evil, I never hated anyone. I grew up in a all white neighborhood in New York, there was one black student in my class. He turned out to be my best friend until I moved here when I was 5. And we still talk occasionally. But I only fear that he google's my name, and then I would loose another life time friend.

The damage I have done to myself, and my family is overwhelming... And my mind was just filled with things, that when I look back and think about them now... How stupid was I. Why did I join them? Why didn't I think? What pain and suffering have I caused?

I thank you for reading this ramble to those of you who did. If you wish to contact me on this matter please do so at thomas.coletto@gmail.com

I hope that at least maybe someone could forgive me, and the mistakes I have made thus far.

Regards,Thomas Vito Coletto

Rev. Robert H. McDonald Jr
Rev. Robert H. McDonald Jr

re JT Ready

I am sorry for you my lost child. You and every person who is white, racist and claims to be Christian are blinded by the light of the Morning Star. Let us not forget that Jesus Christ was a Jew. So when you say you hate Jews you hate Jesus. Because without him their is not Christianity

JT Ready
JT Ready

Who are the delusional amongst us?

Those who see nothing but filth and Zionist propaganda pouring out of our TVs, newspapers, magazines and other forms of jew-dominated media for the racist anti-White propaganda that it is.

Or the tards who are in complete denial of the blatant facts that the major media outlets are owned exclusively by jews, not Nazis.

Who are the insane amongst us?

Those who wish to oppose the Zionist tyranny that is ripping at the very fabric of Western Civilization and who wish to preserve their Culture and Race against invasion, genocide, and self-defeating loathing.

Or the brainwashed rabble who feel delighted when they are patted on the head for following the lead to their own destruction by Judas Goats and Shabbatz Goyim working in lock-step with their kosher slaughter masters.

Who are the sick amongst us?

Those who naturally gravitate to their own kind and work to further the aims and goals of leaders who wish to preserve and protect their race as all other healthy races do.

Or self-hating fools who think it is Schick to embrace 'diversity', 'multi-culturalism', perversity, 'equality', 'affirmative action', Zionism and other clearly suicidal agendas aimed at displacing the Whites from power.

Who are the crazy amongst us?

Those who oppose the Zionist Occupied Government of their once beautiful and prosperous European American land that is now infested with third-world trolls, gangbangers, child molesters, crooked politicians, doped-up/dumbed-down morons, and every manner of decadence imaginable.

Or the fools who go around screaming Nazi! Nazi! every chance they get despite the fact that not one National Socialist is in power running this country nor Nazis causing the conundrum of mass crime which the police have to encounter daily from the non-white scum on the streets every single day.

Who are the evil amongst us?

Nazis who want cleaner parks, safer streets, honest government, wholesome entertainment, fair labor practices, pride in their culture and a return to the basics which made Western Civilization flourish.

Or those who oppose them.

I let you be the judge...

Stud Muffin
Stud Muffin

I hate racism. You know why racism exists? It exists because Mr. T beat Chuck Norris in a game of checkers -- and in retaliation, Chuck Norris invented racism. Damb you Chuck! Racism sucks. And evidently, so does Chuck at checkers. If only he had won......

joe
joe

It would be interesting to see what would happen if anti-joe protestors degraded nazi flags at the next big event. But then again who in their right mind would waste money on one of those.

joe
joe

It would be interesting to see what would happen if anti-joe protestors degraded nazi flags at the next big event. But then again who in their right mind would waste money on one of those.

venonacables
venonacables

Dave made a comment about poverty-stricken white trash. Just because high-status white nationalists are not readily visible, it does not mean that they do not exist. Trailer-trash whites thrive on publicity simply because they have nothing to lose. The Jews who run the ACLU, the ADL, and the SPLC are quite capable of trashing the careers of high-status whites. For this reason, many of them feel compelled to keep a low profile. If you are interesting in finding more about high-status white nationalists, do a Google on the Charles Martel Society. Better yet, read the essays by Dr. Kevin MacDonald, particularly the one titled "Heidi Does Long Beach."

Dave
Dave

Maybe if a few of these national socialists spent more time on their own lives instead of everyone else's, they'd be able to afford a clean shirt to wear. Have you ever seen a bigger group of poverty stricken white trash in your life? It's like a well armed trailer park.

I thought the article was well-researched and well written.

Kevin D.
Kevin D.

I've been following this Arpaio news closely for the past few weeks because one of my closest friends moved out to Phoenix for grad school a few years back. I've been following it mainly because I've been shocked at his experience there and I see now why it is like it is.

I'd like to ask you all if his experience is surprising to you: He's Mexican, born and raised in San Jose. He's been pulled over more times than he can remember since moving out to Az, but only cited once, as every time he either simply "matched a description", or it was something along the line of his license plate light being out.

The one time he was cited, or rather arrested, was pulled he was stopped for the plate light and apparently that was reason to search his car top to bottom. Upon doing so they found a pipe stashed away. Apparently this is still a big deal in Az. I won't bother defending that since he chose to move there and knew the police there treat pot like crack. When in Rome I suppose.

But it got me thinking; he lives with two white friends. Friends that also drive around with contraband at times. Friends that almost never get pulled over, are actually speeding when they do, and never, ever get their car searched. So it seems to be fairly easy to draw the conclusion his arrest was due to a search that would not have occurred, during a stop that would never have been made, where he not brown.

I don't think I need to tell most of you how this is playing in the rest of the country. Any mention of Arizona in conversation nowadays elicits a comparison to '50s Alabama. Hell, I've heard it called Aribama. People who have never been there now have their minds made up as to what the population is like. So I really hope that you, the population of Arizona, the only people in any position to do anything about this guy and his policies, start doing a hell of a lot more.

Vandal
Vandal

Last September, I was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by the MCSO following the Oi Fest, a concert for White People that was held in the far west valley. The reason for the stop was a tag light that was not working. Even though I was white and leaving a white power concert, I did not think I was racially profiled. I also received word following the event that several other people were stopped by the MCSO. I still did not think racial profiling was instituted in any way. Over the last few years, I have been stopped for a faulty headlight, s broken windshield and even my tag light not being bright enough. It was working! I still did not believe I was racially profiled during any of these �routine traffic stops�. Each time, I was respectful of the officer and calmly notified him that there were loaded firearms in my vehicle. I told him what he wanted to hear and I was soon on my way without incident. Of course, my papers were in order. Hint: �Keep your hands clean.�

In addition to my undergraduate work in natural science and analytical chemistry, I have also taken police science courses and even minored in criminology. At one point, the City of Dallas was going to hire me as a police officer. I didn�t want to live in Dallas so I moved to Arizona in pursuit of a different career. My instructor was named Judge Joseph O�kicki, who eventually became one of America�s Most Wanted.

I have a reasonably good idea of what �probable cause� means. Faulty equipment is grounds to initiate a traffic stop in every state. Unfortunately, passions tend to cloud what the letter of the law is in some people�s minds. I also think playing the race card is becoming a really bad habit. I say, �Fix your cars and let that cop follow you across town.� I know that there are police officers out there that do not look at things in an objective scientific way. I met some of them too. I�m certain that some of them have no business wearing a badge. I also believe that all officers need more training regardless of their education and experience. Remember, these officers are doing one of the hardest jobs in the world. They also know that just about everybody hates them.

On my drive home following the May 2nd. event, I went southbound on 51st. AV through the Gila River Indian Reservation. I wasn't even two miles into the reservation before seeing the Gila River Police questioning a group of visibly intoxicated Native Americans. This was just another Saturday in �Indian Country� from the looks of things.When I got to Riggs Rd. & SR 347, I noticed a Border Patrol vehicle on the shoulder with what appeared to be a couple of detainees in custody and were hopefully on their way back to Mexico.

After seeing these things, I began to think, "Why is it that the reservation police and the Border Patrol are not being blindly accused of racially profiling suspects, human rights violations. and outright racism?" Almost everybody they arrest are not WHITE! The Federal Government separates prisoners at the Alien Detention Center in Eloy. Why are they not criticized and investigated by the Justice Dept. for this while at the same time Sheriff Arpaio is nailed to the wall for doing the same thing at Tent City?

Needless to say, I have no answers just more questions. One thing I can be sure of is a double standard is being applied when it comes to the MCSO and White People in general.

Malcom
Malcom

I noticed the name of Joe's award is the America First Award. After the implosion of the German-American Bund in the 1930's from scandals involving the organizations finances, a new group took it's place as the primary focus of Nazi sympathies in the U.S. It's leaders included Charles Lindberg and it's name was.......... America First.

david s
david s

I find it funny that the same morons who say MCSO doesnt racial profile are themselves outspoken racists. And if you think about it, this type of politics is exactly how Hitler started his persecution of jews in Germany and gained support for it. Now most Germans think of him as a huge disgrace to their culture, and you WN asswipes and jope will be thought of the same in the end as well...NO ONE but the other narrow minded fools in your "movement" (more like bowl movement) accept your beliefs as it is. But by all means, please, ramp up the rhetoric for joe. You not only prove our point about his racial politics, but make him look even worse by the association to you..

C. Calley
C. Calley

At least someone has the balls to stand-up and protest this river of human waste that keeps flowing across our boarder. If these people want to wait in line and come here via the legal way, then fine, have at it, but don't expect to be treated any different from any other criminal element if you are here illegally. No citizenship: no amnesty and no exceptions. You are criminals in the United States of America. Arizona along with California, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado do not belong to the Mexicans, they belong to the PEOPLE, the real citizens, of the USA. If the Mexicans want these states to be theirs then they are more than welcome to try to take them over by force, but be prepared to pay the dire consequences.

NazisRWhiteTrash
NazisRWhiteTrash

really funny how these white trash inbreeds think theyre ubermensch, when most of them would be hard pressed to successfully complete an algebra problem. j.t. ready, doesnt he work at an auto supply place these days? that fatty will probably end up flippin burgers at mickeydees and drinking himself to extinction with a bottle of boonesfarm. vito lombardi? what a shmuck. i see soap on a roap and bunkmate who calls him sweetiepie in his future. as for samantha here, who wants to bet shes preggers and lives in a doublewide with her cousins? losers. big time losers. at least the mexicans these losers hate so much aint lazy crackers like they are. ever see a mexican begging for money on a highway exit? nah, just alkie honkeys. all you nazis suck. youll always be on the bottm rung of society where you belong.

Samantha
Samantha

Who would be a better group to have help with the damn immigration problems than the white nationalists? I am a PROUD WN and I support Joe 100%. We must take affirmitive action on this illegal alien buisness NOW. Not later, now. If our people want change, like I do, we must see what we have in common with eachother and fight for it. 1488

anonymous
anonymous

sweat pea:lol, yeah this state also elected a crooked Governor, so why is it so hard to believe a sheriff who clearly is a media whore, would be corrupt? Its not like everyone in the position to do something doesnt already know, its just that no one wants to take their chances at him using his influence to destroy whomever tries to take him down, by arrest, harrassment, or politically (or all 3 at once). Its happened before, just ask Tom Bearup, a former mayor for fountain hills, the owner of cactus towing, and so on. The morons with no moral compass like duke keep electing the dult though, so people like Napolitano sell out for his endorsement(her for state AG) instead of doing their jobs (state attorney at the time). By the way peaceful child, show that 68% the video of him talking to the wannabee nazi kids and i bet that drops to 40%....fact is most just dont have the time to pay attention and just have what the media tells them. Since channel 12 seems to be the only ones with the balls to show a report thats negative in relation to him or MCSO, its not like theres a lot of chances or options. Now if the media treated him like Sarah Palin, lol, well we would find out a hell of a lot more than banned school books, pregnant 17 yr olds, and wolf hunting in helicopters....dont cha kno...lol

Sweet Pea
Sweet Pea

Peaceful Child, I don't care if 100% of the population supports joe and his policies, he is morally bankrupt. It is a sad state of affairs that so many would be fooled by his manipulation. Arizona has always been years behind the rest of the nation and it shows in so many ways. Joe is a shining example. He is a sick individual. He is sadistic and narcisistic. It shows in all he does. He doesn't care about the dogs he supposedly "saves." He does it for his own interests. Everything he does is for his own interests. If you believe he cares about the State of Arizona, you are a fool!

Proboscis
Proboscis

�Heller mentioned that she promised "the department" that she would make an appearance at ASU to show support for Sheriff Joe while the president was in town.�Barb Heller was seen and photographed at the KFYI J.D. Hayworth broadcast at Tempe Market Square. There is a slideshow on the station�s website clearly showing here there. She was circulating some sort of petition.

SundevilRick101
SundevilRick101

This is to DUKE:

The founding fathers would consider you a PUKE and a waste. This kind of hatred is NOT American. Remember the part in the Pledge "with liberty & justice for ALL"?

And if you don't like it go somewhere else. Racist idiots like your self are the uneducated, unwashed proof for the distribution of condoms.

You sir are a vile man.

PROGESSIVE CHRISTIAN
PROGESSIVE CHRISTIAN

"ARIZONA USE TO BE MEXICO" before the(white)ILLEGAL immigrants came and stole and murdered and startED mexican/american war.

THEY ALSO STOLE THE AND MURDERED (THEY BROKE GODS COMMANDMENTS)SO THEY COULD STEAL AMERICA FROM NATIVE AMERICANS.

THERE ARE 40 MILLION LATINOS IN AMERICA ONLY 12 MILLION ARE ILLEGAL THAT MEANS ABOUT 75% OF LATIOS OUT THERE ARE LEGAL SO STOP PRE-JUDGING BROWN PEOPLE,CAUSE YOUR USUALLY WRONG ABOUT THEM

Hey what comes around goes around. Mexico is 3 hours away and alot of mexicans stayed in america , making them mexican-american but mostly AMERICAN.

FOR THE IGNORNANT- BROWN PERSON DOES NOT MEAN ILLEGAL(DUMBASS)

WHAT ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE THAT OFFER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS JOBS, LOANS, HOMES, CARS, THESE PEOPLE ARE UNDER CONTRACT IN MANY AREAS , if your gonna condemn mexican illegal immigrants you need to look at all the AMERICAN'S OFFERING THEM THE AMERICAN DREAM TO THEM

GUESS WHAT ALOT OF REPULICANS SUPPORT IMMIGRATION REFORM CAUSE THAT WANT TO PAY THE BROWN MAN LESS

I JUST HOPE GOD'S PLAN DOES INCLUDE IMMIGRATION REFORM..CAUSE GUESS WHAT THE MAJORITY OF ILLEGALS THAT ARE HERE HAD CHILDREN HERE , THAT MEANS THIER CHILDREN ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS AND UNDER CURRENT IMMIGRATION LAWS THESE CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED TO PETITION FOR THEIR PARENTS TO BECOME US CITIZENS, SO IF WE INFORCE THE CURRENT LAW, IT STILL WORKS OUT FOR ILLEGALS WITH US CITIZEN CHILDREN WHICH IS PRACTICALLY ALL 12 MIL. THE REFORM IS NEEDED THINGS ARE OUTDATED JUST LIKE EVERYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY, THANKS TO THE BACKWARD WAYS OF NEO-CONSERVATIVES OF THE LAST 8 YEARS.

david s
david s

yeah well your nazi socialist party can kiss my white german ass...

Joe Curwen
Joe Curwen

The article was interesting and seems quite reasonable and reasoned. It's only logical the real neo-nazis would gravitate toward someone who in large measure shares their agenda. How far the MCSO has gone to gratify these slime buckets surprises, but not too much.

It would be interesting to see what happens, should some of these redneck, nazi thugs really get out of hand one of these days. Given their proclivity for toting guns and provoking confrontation, this may be only a matter of time.

The Devil Guy
The Devil Guy

More liberal crappola from the Screw Times; it figures...

AZ State of Fear
AZ State of Fear

FB, This is what Pulitzer Prize winning material looks like. Great investigative work on your ongoing series, which has garnered attention in Washington. Keep up your courageous work that does benefit society, though many might not realize it - too ignorant to know the rights of the individual in Arizona, are stacked against them.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

There is a very disturbing trend in Maricopa County law enforcement that seems to have escaped the eye of all major media other than New Times. The list of political opponents or critics of Joe Arpaio and Andy Thomas who have been arrested, jailed, intimidated and later totally exonerated continues to grow. Cozollino, Tarr, Lacey, Larkin, Pochoda, Sandschafer, Theilen. All were critical of the sheriff. All were arrested. All were jailed for misdemeanors that are usually cited and released. All were taken to trial by Thomas, who threw the full resources of his office behind trying to get a conviction. And in every case, the accused were found innocent or the charges dismissed. The extra-Constitutional abuse of police power is appalling. The resources wasted (hundreds of hours of county attorney and deputy time in each case) trying to get misdemeanor convictions is astounding. When will the major media wake up and bring this police state abuse to the attention of the ignorant masses who still believe that Joe Arpaio is "America's Toughest Sheriff", and not a corrupt Third-World thug?

interesting
interesting

I find it incredibly interesting when people refer to themselves as American and this is America. Since when is the United States the only country that is considered "America"? Last time I checked, the continent which we are a part of is America, and that includes Mexico. In that sense, Mexicans are actually American. So quit being such a racist and open your eyes to what is really going on in Arizona. It's disgusting.

CooperG
CooperG

The reason so many people "support" Arpaio is because the media, with few exceptions, and the Democratic political and religious leaders are cowards and don't stand up and say something.

Sure, they show up when it's "safe" and appear at select rallies, but they run for the hills when evidence like this shows up that demands strong condemnation. Where is Democratic support for Mary Rose Wilcox? Where are the Democratic-sponsored bills in the legislature to solve this problem? Where are the church leaders whose parishioners hold and promote these views? They're not doing jack to make sure this hate-creep is put to a halt.

Why? Because of polls. They are apparently willing to sell civilization down the river so they get reelected. Cowards, plain and simple.

Moving my business elsewhere
Moving my business elsewhere

These hate groups drive people away from visiting or living in Arizona, much less starting businesses here. Thanks for the information. I'm moving my business elsewhere.

DUKE
DUKE

All that I can say is this;It's liberal fools that are leading America to it's ruin.The National Socialist Movement is the only thing keeping this country from becoming a third world mud haven.Since when does taking a stand for your own race become hate talk?Any other nationality or color can speak of it's own survival or culture but when whites do it then it's hate talk.I take a stand with anyone or any group that will kick those unwanted,slimey Mexicans back across the Rio Grand where they belong and keepthem there along with the smell.And if you liberals love them so much then you can go there and join them.We true Americans don't need you either.

PeacefulChild
PeacefulChild

Despite the recent call for the Sheriff's resignation by open-border activists groups, Reverend Al Sharpton, and some local elected officials, recent Rasmussen polls show that a majority of Arizona voters approve of the job that the Sheriff is doing and that he has a possitive impact on the state's image.

A poll released by Rasmussen on March 19, 2009 shows that 68% of Arizona voters approve of the job that Sheriff Arpaio is doing. Another poll released by Rasmussen today states that 58% of Arizona voters feel that the Sheriff has a possitive impact on the image of Arizona .

Sheriff Arpaio is routinely criticized by activists groups and certain media outlets because of his illegal immigration enforcement policies and is also the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice because of that criticism. The Rasmussen poll released in March also concluded that nationally, 73% of voters approve of deputies and police officers asking for proof of citizenship pursuant to their duties during traffic stops and other law enforcement contact situations. END

El Bruce
El Bruce

The same culprit causing financial and social trouble for humankind throughout all of time: You F**king Racists.

Jammer5
Jammer5

Wouldn't this moron be surprised to learn he's part of every other human on this planet, black, white, jew, non-jew, muslim, canadian, chicagoan, clown, paris hiltonite, soupy sales, et al, that is now, ever was, or ever will live in this planet via DNA? My guess is they'd all head on out and commit mass suicide, because they'd hate themselves so much.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JT Ready rot in hell..wait, you already are lol

 
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