Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, June 4, 2009

POWER TRIPS

They find fake crimes more interesting: My heart bleeds for this young woman. Imagine what she went through at Moon Valley High School, only to be treated like a worthless whore by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. She was 14 years old when this videotaped statutory rape happened; Sheriff Joe Arpaio, have you no decency, no conscience?

This was the perfect case to underscore Arpaio's hypocrisy. His department spends endless amounts of taxpayer money on vendettas against political enemies — like on investigating the obvious lies about Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, not to mention the smear of former Arpaio opponent Dan Saban — and he can't go after a bunch of rapists of a child?

As usual, outrageous behavior from the Nazi sheriff and his thugs!
Susanna King, Los Angeles, Tempe

Too many don't care: Excellent article about the bogus clearance rate over at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, and its supreme lack of effort in some cases.

And if you take into consideration that the MCSO said the other day that it didn't know the home address of someone it supposedly was investigating for five years — Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard; remember, the MCSO claimed it had "no idea" that was his house — one would suggest only two variables apply: lack of intelligence, or lack of effort when it comes to non-political investigations.

The saddest part, though, isn't that a top law enforcement agency has decided to make a political issue front and center over the increasing crime rate, and it's not even that it seemingly always gets away with what would end careers for most other [police units]. It's that 55 percent of voters in this county refuse to acknowledge any of it, or refuse to care!

When this [rape-of-a-teenager] story was on azcentral.com, people were complaining and blaming the victim! Not one word about the MCSO's lack of effort and attempted bloating of closure rates. Just trash-talking the victim. Now that's scary!

Add this to the fact that U.S. District Judge Neil Wake just said "Arpaio and his men conspired to arrest [local ACLU legal director] Dan Pochoda for intimidation purposes, violating his civil rights," and to the fact that any sane, logical, person has to be scratching his head asking, "How is this guy still in office?"

Well, apparently here in "Aribama," things like education, arresting criminals who have warrants [out on them], and victims' rights are a distant second to people's hate and anger over the immigration problem.
David Saint, Phoenix

We only have to connect with 6 percent of them: It seems as if, almost daily, the list of Arpaio's political opponents or critics who have been arrested, jailed, falsely accused, slandered, or otherwise intimidated grows.

For those of us hoping to overthrow Arpaio, [we hope] this kind of naked abuse of power might connect with and shock the 55 percent of voters who buy into his shtick on immigration or otherwise support him.

Americans can tolerate a host of shortcomings from our politicians, but corruption and abuse of office [shouldn't be among] them.

We should get T-shirts made with Arpaio and [Chief Deputy David] Henderschott's greasy mugs on them saying, "what the fuck ever, dude."
Chad Snow, Peoria

Some bedfellows are just too strange: I am becoming more and more impressed by the Goldwater Institute. Will it be the catalyst that finally brings Sheriff Joe Arpaio to justice?

I am extremely impressed that the Goldwater Institute, although very conservative in its stance on illegal immigration, is wise enough to not buy into Arpaio's bullshit when it comes to the horror that he has wrought upon so many.

Arpaio's bigoted attitude toward minorities feeds nativists' own sickness and allows all the closet racists to express their bigotry at the voting booth.
Name withheld

Klieg lights are the best disinfectant: There is only one way to bring justice in Phoenix for this mess Sheriff Joe Arpaio created years ago [starting] with Tent City: the court of public opinion.

Get Sheriff Joe and his followers off the power list. Bring in the big lights and camera action. My movie Backspin is about my experiences in Arpaio's jail.
Allison Hicks, Phoenix

Not worth the gas money: Joe Arpaio and Candy Thomas can only pick on the ones who can't fight back. I'm surprised that Joe isn't arresting the seniors in Sun City, those of them who are Democrats, anyway.

Thanks to Joe, Andy, Russell Pearce, and racist Confederate flag-wavers in Maricopa County, there [probably] will be no more Super Bowls for Arizona.
William Crum, via the Internet

Tyranny is bad for business: Your "Ja, Joe!" article made me depressed for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that national public opinion is turning against us in Arizona because of Joe Arpaio. It is sure to affect the number of people who come here and, thereby, the economic recovery that we all need so desperately.

Even if they don't care about human rights, can't people see how bad for us this clown has become? Nobody is going to want to live in the desert remake of Adolf Hitler's Germany, run by SS Commandant Arpaio and his führer, Andrew Thomas. Or is it the other way around? Such a beautiful spot on God's Earth to be ruined by these tyrants!

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connie stars
connie stars

JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT I HAD RECIEVED A GREEN CARD FROM THE FBI BECAUSE OF THE HARASSMENT FROM THE MORMAN CULT. PRESIDENT OBAMA NEEDS TO CLEAR HOUSE OF THE CORRUPTION HERE. THE SAD STORY THE FBI HAD GIVEN ME ISN'T VALID BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS BIGGER THAN THIS CULT. AMERICA I BELIEVE HAS BEEN STRONGER THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY BECAUSE GOD IS WITH US. YOU CAN DO THE RESEARCH YOURSELVES. GOD BLESS.

david saint
david saint

Ill say this, Hitler made it his mission to eliminate jews and others he didnt like. Joe just does it for political gain, playing a tune and watching as the racists, closet or otherwise, seem to be dancing right along to it. But, if you take into consideration how Hitler used politics to influence people to support his cause against the jews, joe is extremely alike to Hitler in that fashion...minus the gas chambers, although the county jail isnt much better than a concentration camp if you take into consideration the beatings, deaths, and other things that go on behind the scenes un noticed by the public.

venonacables
venonacables

I think it is an exaggeration to compare Sheriff Joe to Adolf Hitler. Hitler shut down all the gay bars in Berlin. Sheriff Joe has not come close to doing anything like that, although it would be nice if he did.

davelog
davelog

>> He doesn't have to have it held against him for his entire life. That's not the way the justice system works. You do a crime, you do the time. Then it's over.

That doesn't really explain the sex offender registry. Some offenses carry a lifelong brand.

 
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