LOCAL HEROES

Ever since the MCSO's contract for police services with the town of Guadalupe was renewed earlier this year, a small band of residents of the square-mile town has sought to monitor the interaction of sheriff's deputies with Guadalupanos.

A month and a half ago, these half-dozen or so men and women acquired video cameras, underwent training given by the Phoenix organization Copwatch, and dubbed themselves the Citizens Camera Crew. Their mission: change the dynamic between Sheriff Joe Arpaio's boys in beige and the people who live in the half-Yaqui, half-Mexican-American burg of 5,500.

Guadalupe activist William Robles with his drum.
Stephen Lemons
Guadalupe activist William Robles with his drum.
MCSO Deputy Loren Gaytan being videotaped while harassing Robles on the street.
Courtesy of William Robles
MCSO Deputy Loren Gaytan being videotaped while harassing Robles on the street.

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Read another example of racial profiling by Sheriff Joe's forces in New Times' series "Are Your Papers in Order?" This week: "Zip-Tied at 12."

That relationship has been one of an occupying force toward the occupied. In other words, mutual contempt and suspicion. The re-signing of the contract made former Mayor Frankie Montiel so unpopular that he was demoted from mayor to councilman by his fellow council members.

The new mayor, Yolanda Solarez, is no Rebecca Jimenez — the courageous ex-mayor who defied Arpaio in early 2008, when the sheriff invaded the town for one of his anti-immigrant sweeps. But Solarez lacks Montiel's baggage. Also, new Vice Mayor Lupita Avelar has been a steadfast critic of the MCSO's continued presence in her community.

As for Guad's CCC, its acquisition of video cameras has ticked off beat deputies to no end. If there's one thing cops hate, it's being videotaped in the course of their duties. (Think Rodney King.) Thus, the CCC's members, who include Guadalupe activists Andrew Sanchez and William Robles, have become the targets for intimidation and outright retaliation.

Robles — who was named Best Guadalupe Activist in last month's New Times Best of Phoenix issue for his tireless efforts to combat violence and protest the sheriff inside and outside his town — has gotten the worst of it. Likely because he's been dogging sheriff's deputies with his camera 24/7 (an activity that's constitutionally protected, I might add).

Not long after Robles began committing MCSO patrols to tape, he was stopped late at night by two deputies in a marked car. Robles was walking home along the canal from Carl's Jr. The deputies asked to see his identification.

"I told them, 'I know my rights,'" Robles says. "'But this time,' I said, 'I will let you see it.'"

The deputies claimed they were asking for the IDs of everyone walking along the canal. Once they saw Robles' identification, they asked him if he worked for New Times and mentioned they had seen him covered in the paper recently.

"They just kept asking me over and over again, like three times, if I worked with New Times," Robles says. "I kept telling them no, that what I do, I do for Guadalupe."

Robles told the deputies he was going to call another CCC member, so that the stop could be recorded. (He didn't have his camera with him at the time.) The deputies, who gave their names as Whelan, serial number 1789, and Saladen, serial number 1174, decided that was a good time to bail.

The incident repeated itself on October 22, when Robles was approached in an unmarked car by two deputies, who identified themselves as Kaplan, serial number 1506, and Bar, serial number 1188 (at least it sounded like Bar on the videotape). This time, Robles had his camera and documented the pair as they queried him about his past, implying he may have been involved in criminal activity.

The suggestion was so ludicrous that even the deputies' boss, Lieutenant Ed Shepherd, who has worked Guadalupe for decades and knows who Robles is, found it absurd.

"He certainly seems to be a harmless sort of guy," Shepherd told me when I called him about the incidents. "If he wants to follow us around, that's okay with me."

Shepherd had heard about Robles' video camera, and he told me that the deputies believed New Times had given Robles his equipment. I informed him that we had not, that Robles doesn't work for New Times, even though he's not shy about letting Valley journalists know what's going down in Guadalupe.

The lieutenant advised me that he had already instructed his deputies to leave Robles alone.

"[Deputy] Loren Gaytan told me he had a video camera," said Shepherd of the MCSO's community liaison. "I said, 'So what? It's a free country. Let him take any videos he wants.'"

If Shepherd's attitude trickled down to his men, it did so in an odd way. On the evening of Saturday, October 24, Robles was taping deputies as they closed down a late-night party, a Saturday-night ritual because Guadalupe has an ordinance ordering all parties ended by midnight.

Present was Deputy Gaytan, who shined a flashlight in Robles' face. Gaytan covered his mug with a digital camera he was carrying. And he, sneakily, began to make Robles out as a snitch, speaking loud enough that the other Guadalupanos present could hear.

"I appreciate you helping us out here, William," Gaytan told Robles, as the latter captured it all on video.

"I ain't helping you out," Robles shot back.

"You're not helping us out?" Gaytan replied. "Why aren't you helping us out?"

Gaytan went on to imply that Robles was videotaping on the MCSO's behalf, even though Robles countered the implications. The mere suggestion that someone is a narc can be dangerous — possibly deadly — in Guadalupe, as well as in other places. Yet Gaytan persisted.

"Thanks, William," he and other deputies called out as they left, with two revelers in custody for underage drinking and other party-goers looking on.

"I'm not helping you. I'm against you guys," Robles retorted.

Gaytan — who also helped out on the MCSO's mysterious training operations in Honduras a couple of years ago and was, until recently, a federally deputized 287(g)-man — practically guaranteed with his statements that Robles would get jumped that night.

Indeed, as Robles walked home, four individuals attacked him from behind, smashing him on the head with a beer bottle, leaving a scar. They fought with Robles for about three minutes before running off.

When Shepherd was informed of Gaytan's pernicious lies and their aftermath, he wanted Robles to make a report on the assault.

"What's the point of talking to the sheriffs?" Robles wondered, when told of Shepherd's statement. "They're the ones who started this mess."

Andrew Sanchez said the MCSO was trying to turn people against the nascent Citizens Camera Crew. He promised a public-information campaign to get the word out about the MCSO's plan and said the group would take a hiatus until they could be sure of members' safety.

Sanchez's family and the retaliation they've suffered at the hands of the MCSO for their activism was documented in a New Times cover story by Village Voice Media Executive Editor Michael Lacey. It is part of our series "Are Your Papers in Order?"

As many in Maricopa County are aware, investigators with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's Department of Justice have been in town, looking into violations of civil rights and police abuse by Arpaio's MCSO.

Might I suggest they speak with William Robles and focus their attention for a moment on one Deputy Gaytan, who with his insidious prevarications, could have caused permanent injury, perhaps even death.

HATE SPEECH

Virtually everyone who's anyone in Arizona's bigot community was present last week for a hate rally on the lawn of the state Capitol. Foremost was neo-Nazi-hugging, brown-bashing state Senator Russell Pearce, who is leading the campaign to put anti-Mexican apartheid bills on the ballot in 2010.

The bills would compel state law enforcement agencies to enforce — contrary to federal code — immigration law and make it a crime to be in Arizona without proper documentation.

Why doesn't Pearce just write a law making all Hispanics subject to search and detainment? That would be the practical effect of his racist proposals. Not that I want to give the guy, who once forwarded an e-mail from the neo-Nazi National Alliance to his supporters, any ideas.

Pearce duped the press into showing up by suggesting the governor call a special session of the Legislature to deal with immigration. Of course, this is not going to happen while the brain surgeons in the House and Senate try to solve the state's financial crisis. So, at the rally, Pearce instead focused on putting an initiative on the 2010 ballot, either through legislation or petition.

Pearce couldn't get these same proposals through the last session of the Legislature, even with a Republican majority in place. But Pearce is Arizona's Energizer Bunny of bigotry, driven by a thirst for revenge. See, back in the day, Pearce was shot by a Latino as he worked in Guadalupe as an MCSO deputy. And in 2004, his son Sean Pearce, now an MCSO deputy, was shot by a Latino while serving a search warrant.

For Pearce, the two incidents are casus belli against an entire ethnicity. And lest reporters forget, Pearce made sure, in a handout at the event at the Capitol, there was a 2004 news article from the East Valley Tribune mentioning the shootings of him and his son.

"[This is] a campaign that I intend to continue until it's resolved," Pearce declared.

Pearce intends to "resolve" the issue of immigration by criminalizing a class of human beings. His past unsuccessful legislative efforts focused on keeping Americans from marrying non-Americans and preventing children born in the United States to undocumented parents from getting birth certificates, even though such children are American citizens by virtue of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Who plans to help Pearce with his dubiously named "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act"? Why, all the usual suspects who participated in this prejudice powwow.

Former congressman and current talk-radio host J.D. Hayworth was there. Also County Attorney Andrew Thomas, whose office claims that an 18 percent drop in crime in Maricopa County is attributable to his persecution of immigrants.

What Thomas won't tell you is that crime is up in the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County, where illegal immigrant-hunter Joe Arpaio is his most vicious.

Nor will Thomas explain that his numbers include the more than 30 percent drop in serious crime in Mesa, which was announced by former police chief George Gascón before he left to be police chief in San Francisco. Gascón opposed Arpaio's sweeps and favored community policing that did not target Hispanics or any other specific group.

If the logic follows that going after Hispanics reduces crime, the results for Arpaio's and Gascon's agencies should be the opposite of what they are.

Of course, Sheriff Joe was there, too, hogging the mic as much as he could. Later, when I asked him to explain his quote in a GQ profile that all Mexican migrants are "dirty," he told me he was referring to garbage in the desert.

But the magazine quote had nothing to do with environmentalism. In the article, Arpaio repeated the canard that illegal aliens bring disease with them, saying, "They're all dirty." That's not a mere dis of litterbugs, Joe.

Cheering Joe and the rest were members of the extremist nativist group United for a Sovereign America, an organization that has accepted Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis into their ranks and meet-ups. U.S.A. founder Rusty Childress stood by, along with his perennial sidekick and Snuffy Smith impersonator Buffalo Rick Galeener. (It was Galeener who pleaded guilty in 2008 to urinating in public in front of a Latina and her child near the Macehualli Day Labor Center).

There also was Minuteman Chris Simcox, a dark-horse candidate for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination against Senator John McCain. The ex-kindergarten teacher and pseudo-tough guy has raised $20,000 — to McCain's $919,000 — according to the latest campaign filings.

State Senator John Huppenthal — known for recently beating the rap on charges of tearing a campaign sign out of an old lady's hands — was one of the last people to speak. He mostly puckered up to Pearce. I was about to suggest the pair go steady when Huppenthal threw out an odd statistic: "Less than 10 percent of our population has murdered over 50 percent of our police officers."

He later clarified that the 10 percent he was speaking about were illegal residents of Arizona. He told me he did not mean the stat to refer to cop killings nationwide.

First, Arizona's undocumented make up nowhere near 10 percent of the population. Arizona's total population is 6.5 million. According to recent conservative estimates published in the Arizona Republic, the state's illegal immigrant population is down about a third, to 350,000. That's about 5 percent of the total population. I knew the stat was bogus from jump and told Huppenthal so.

The legislator from Chandler couldn't remember where he'd gotten the statistic and suggested it might have been from Arizona Department of Public Safety. So I spoke to DPS Lieutenant Steve Harris, who said the agency doesn't track whether cop-killers are undocumented.

A representative for the federal government's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, which keeps stats on crime for the FBI, told me the same thing about its tracking.

When I got back to Huppenthal with this info, he told me that his office had found the statistic through its own research but said he couldn't locate the file on the subject.

Um, okay.

Thing is, I think Huppenthal knows better. At the Capitol, he made the following statement concerning illegal immigration:

"I'm a Statue of Liberty kind of guy. I came to this issue a little reluctantly."

Huppenthal was referring to the famous inscription at the base of Lady Liberty, the Emma Lazarus poem The New Colossus. You know, the one that reads, in part, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free."

His statement betrayed a glimmer of a conscience, despite the smear of the Mexican immigrant community that dropped from his lips. One day, many of those who've slandered immigrants will eat their words.

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William Robles
William Robles

To: BrunoThanks Bruno, What you had said is very true and the answer to your questions.I am a self Community Volunteer (TRUE FACT) I ask for no payments for any thing I do Such as Church events, Town events or just anything I see out there I'm there 100% People ask me If I want to get paid I tell them no.I do go out in all Mericopa County for big events.I don't hate no one and I do Tell People the way it is If they are In the wrong and so the resson why go out and record the sheriff's is becuase I was kicked out the Library The day Sheriff joe came to Guadalupe for a town meeting with the mayor there is more to the story in short. I'm trying to get my message out to the sheriff that they need to slow down with thier roughness in guadalupe.Thanks agine and god bless

Bruno
Bruno

Mr. Robles, you sound like a caring and decent person. Why don't you put more effort into cleaning up your community and reducing crime? Okay, Sheriff Arpio is a mean spirited egomaniac. I get it, but so what? Is this a personal spat or is this about the community you profess to love? Guadalupe has had a horrible reputation for crime, gang activity, and harboring illegal aliens since I moved to AZ 20 years ago. The only thing that has changed is the disrespect for law enforcement has gotten worse. A community "leader" saying he is "against" law enforcement only fuels the fire.

Do you really think spending so much time filming cops is going to better your community? Maybe sponsoring some late night church/community programs for the young folks would keep them out of trouble at curfew time. You could invite the deputies to help provide security, which would enhance relations and that "community policing" the New Times endorses.

Try some positive leadership instead of promoting crime.

William Robles
William Robles

William Robles In Guadalupe Say's Come Join Me Everyday From 4:30PM - 6:30PM At Avendia Del Yaqui & Guadalupe Road To Protest Sheriff Joe Aprio Bring You Music Items or Bring Your Own Signs Lets send the message to Joe And His Goons Here in Guadalupe Know We will Not Stand For His Racist stand on any Color and get the message out we do not stand for any ABUSE!!For more info. please Email clownboy2@ymail.com

William Robles
William Robles

My Heart gose out to all those who wrote good stuff about Me. all that is going on with sheriff joke arpio is real dangerest for the kids and everyone else. it has happend to me in Guadalupe AZ. What has happend to me I WILL NOT GIVE UP!!!! To the sheriff's and for my crew we are going to start filming this weekend even more than what we have been doing. If we quite now then that means Joe wins (NOPE NOT ON OUR WATCH!!!) And to the person who was talking trash about me, You don't know me at all for you to say bad things about me all I have to say to you is I forgive you. Agine thank you all for your comments.Note to all you ask if I will sue or some thing, the answer yes Stand by for the some thing comeing soonGod bless you all

Bruno
Bruno

I don't expect the New Times to objective, but here is some info for the uniformed:

Cops don't like to be taped because 99.9% of the tapes would be painfully boring, the other .1% would be an edited "GOTCHA" moment. Who reading this has seen the Rodney King videotape in its entirety?

If you make it your mission to protect criminals and to help preserve a criminal subculture, it shouldn't be a surprise when you eventually become a crime victim (in this case an assault victim). If it is the norm for cops to have pot shots taken at them in a certain neighborhood, that is a problem, and there should be a heavier law enforcement presence to restore order.

There is no basis to attribute Mesa's crime rate drop to "community policing." None whatsoever. Is it purely coincidental that there has been a mass exodus of illegal aliens from Mesa during the period of the crime drop?

The illegal alien population in Arizona WAS estimated to be around 10% a few years ago. Due to the economy and lack of jobs, the number today may be around 5%. There's no smoking gun there.

Diana
Diana

Gato Negro... Please..............How do you know who supports who and who doesn�t? Ask Guadalupe what they feel about Rebecca I bet if she ran for council again she would not make it! Her Baby daddy Marcos Gonzalez ran and I believe he only got 3 votes his, Rebecca�s and her cousins. Like I said the reason for recall of Rebecca�s cousin was to get her out as Mayor and it worked.......So does Guadalupe support Former Mayor Rebecca Jimenez? What was the purpose of the Recall again? Fact Stated!!!!!

She stood up to Arpio but did she get us Police protection after that? Any other Police Protection or services?? Our own police Department or another city or town to help out Guadalupe? NO she did not just blew hot air out her a$$! DO you think that Guadalupe can get a police dept with the past and the monies they have now???????????? If she would have stood up to Arpio it would of made a difference and showed something for it instead of all talk�.. So did she? NO she doesn�t have $h*t to show for her courage! Just a bunch of lost money with a bogus lawsuit!!!! Guadalupe should have sued her for opening her mouth! As for William Robles fine he helps out a lot in the community but why does he not file a complaint? Why is it that he doesn�t have proof of this recorded? That�s the problem with Guadalupe... they complain and complain about our police protection but never file the proper procedure for a complaint... Now I can tell you that 70% of the council support MCSO.....

All that matters right now is cleaning up Guadalupe's image and Feathered Bastard doesn�t help with his inaccurate statements..... Why doesn�t he report the Good things of Guadalupe? Like The girl from town who was one of the recipients of the Obama Scholarship at ASU? Or other Positive things that take place in Guadalupe? Why always something that is not going to change in Guadalupe any time soon no matter who sits in as mayor and council? MCSO is going to remain in Guadalupe with or without Arpio! That�s just a fact����� Nuf said!

Brad McCallister
Brad McCallister

Thanks to the New Times for this story of William Robles in Guadalupe. Robles is a brave man, and MCSO Deputy Loren Gaytan is an unprofessional coward. If he worked for a real police force, he'd probably be fired. But seeing that he works for Joe Arpaio, he'll probably be promoted!

Gato Negro
Gato Negro

"Business is finally getting done"? Riiiiight. That's why MCSO is targeting folks like William, because Yolanda Solarez is one the case? Puh-lease. She's been a Joe supporter from the beginning. Montiel? He's one of the most hated persons in Guad because he kissed the cherifa's ass. Rebecca Jimenez stepped in to protect her community from Joe, while people like Diana here were cowering in the shadows. Jiminez didn't endanger the community. Joe did. Don't get it twisted, sister. Give up the hate and the jealousy. The cat-fighting just looks petty. As for Lemons, you should be happy SOMEONE give's a flick about Guad in the media. I don't see any other reporters or media outlets looking into this shit. Give the Republic a call. See if you get a call back, if you don't believe me.

Diana
Diana

You know Fat Bastard I mean Feathered.... Is exactly a chicken S*&%! He needs to get his facts straight and ask the community as a whole what they really think of Rebecca Jimenez!!!! I bet if you go to a baseball game in town or church on Sunday and ask they will tell you! Just because she stood up to Joe? Please! But she also jeopardized the life of 5,500 residents by putting our Police protection in jeopardy! SO FATBASTARD to find out what the real residents of Guadalupe feel about Rebecca Jimenez and her Cousin Patty the one that was recalled to place former Mayor Montiel in Rebecca�s place that was the reason why she was recalled because that was the only way to get Rebecca out(besides the Witches being CRAZY)! Why Montiel was replaced had nothing to do about the relationship he has with MCSO. Ask the new council why he was replaced? I can assure you 100% that all but two council members are against MCSO! Should I mention who those two are? I can tell you that the reason behind the removal of Montiel was not because of what lies you write! Yolanda Solarez may lag the courage as you state or doesn't carry the baggage? But have you been to a meeting since she�s been placed as Mayor? Its not a joke to walk into those chambers, business is finally getting done! There is a new town manager, council members are not at each others throat! So before you go out and write what trash you write get your facts straight!!!!!!!!! I being from Guadalupe can tell you I support JOE!

Tina
Tina

Hope everyone saw that special Channel 5, 10:00 p.m. news segment Thursday night, 10/29. Focus was on the numerous well-documented vindictive efforts of Arpaio to retaliate, place under investigation of his own, or use any other means to retaliate against anyone, including many public figures,who questioned or disagreed with anything concerning Arpaio. That includes members of the press as well. It is supposedly those activities that are now under investigation by the FBI.

Coz
Coz

I believe 99.9% of us with be fine with that.

>>If Stoller died tonight, he's fine with that.

William Crum
William Crum

Leonard Clark does more for this community than the soul who critizes him;walk a mile in his shoe before you open your mouth. Clark for Congress - 2010.

TommyC
TommyC

Chad, nicely done. I trust you typed slowly. We don't want to confuse the kids as they try to make sense of your logical posting.

Stoller, et al, really. It's getting old. If you kids have salient issues, post em. Leave the personal drivel out of your postings. Honestly, referring to someone as 'punk' reminds me of the 13 year old calling me out for laughing at his sorry ass in 7th grade.

If you folks want anyone, including those on your side, to pay attention you need to show some maturity.

Try it, you might actually like it.

Sidebar: The Az Bar couldn't give a rip about Chad posting his personal opinion here. He has never represented himself as a lawyer here for the purpose of representing anyone or to build his business. You're the folks who posted his information here. I rather imagine he might realize some business from your posting....

Also, the Mormon Church doesn't give a tinker's damn about Chad posting here. His personal opinion is just that and he certainly has the right to post it here, as do all of us.

Save your threats.

Maybe you would like to threaten me with getting my pension pulled, huh? Hey, I'm a double dipper too. That should provide fodder for what? Nothing, nada. Not a damn thing.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Stoller,

I think you are a pathetic, childish moron. Everyone else seems to agree. That having been said, let's keep our personal disdain for each other out of this blog. Other people on this blog couldn't really care less about Bill Stoller or Chad Snow or what we do. The issue is that we have a sheriff that abuses his authority to silence any dissent and cover up his corruption. That is what is important, not you or I. Immigration is just a tool that he has discovered to provide cover for his abuses, such as what he has done to the Guadalupe activists.

Once again, people like TomC, Cozzolino, Gilman and myself post under our real names because we feel strongly about what we say and are willing to stand personally behind it. We have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. I will not respond to any more of your postings on a personal level.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Stoller and your made up "Brethren": I do workers' compensation - which indicates that the people I represent are gainfully employed - not losers like you who sit at home with their mom and live in a fantasy world of made up "Associates", writing poorly written Appellate briefs on cases that will go nowhere, and playing with their action figures and themselves.

I've never done a personal injury case. I don't have an office in Guadalupe. Equity Court Services may be the most pathetic research organization in the world if the only information you could come up with on me is on my very public website. I do represent many immigrants and have found them collectively to be decent, hard working, religious, family oriented people who were maybe dealt a little harder hand in life than I was. I have compassion for them and will do anything in my meager power to advocate for them, including fighting your ignorance and that of other bigots like you - and Joe Arpaio.

onewhoknows
onewhoknows

Emil,My understanding is the footage was turned over to the DOJ. I was there when Lemons and others watched it. I think Lemons made an audio recording. Don't know if someone made a copy of it before it was turned over. Lemons may be a good reporter, but he's not the most tech savvy guy around...

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

Interesting that Deputy Gaytan just happened to have his digital camera handy.

How ironic, though, that there is no video from the victim to document this article properly. Did he only get a still photo? Did I miss a hyperlink on this page?

The Brethren
The Brethren

Is it true that Snow makes a big chunk of change off persoanl injury and compensation claims for illegal aliens? No wonder he hates Joe Arpaio so much - no illegals, no business. Do you have an office in Guadalupe?

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Mike Wells, I agree with you that Lt. Sheppard sounds like the kind of above-it-all straight shooter that would be a good replacement when Arpaio is indicted and jailed.

Bill Stoller makes numerous donations to the Republican Party. His flagrant bigotry and complete lack of fresh ideas underscore and represent how pathetic my former party has become - reduced to calling people "fat asses" and "wetbacks" while producing no original thoughts or solutions of his own. As Samuel Clemens once said "If you can't beat a man's argument, dont panic - you can still call him names." Sounds like the new Mission Statement of the Republican Party.

ariel
ariel

Thanks for reporting this Steve, I also know William and he is a great guy for all he does for his people. I was there in Guadalupe one Saturday night, late, with William and another observer, watching the deputies actions from across the street when we found out that the deputies were asking residents if they knew who we were and that we were probably from the media; at another stop, deputies were heard saying to residents, "here comes the swat camera crew" ...this was about us as we were getting out of the car a quarter of a block away. So, yea, I totally believe these MCSO tactics happened...very childish, as they do everything.IF they didn't have anything to hide, they would not afraid of a few cameras....

Mike Wells
Mike Wells

Wow, kudos to Ed Shepherd, sounds like the kinda cop you NEED in Az, he is actually aware of citizen's rights, and does not support the harassment of people on the street for practicing their constitutional rights...

Bill Stroller's Daddy
Bill Stroller's Daddy

Stroller, you remind me of those kids that never had any friends so they'd invent friends. Your invented associates are stick figures drawn on the wall. You're an idiot.

At least William Robles has the balls to go out and document the injustices that are taking place. He has every right to do so under the constitution. Unlike you, you sack of shit, hide behind blogs.. how come we never see you out there at any rallies like that leather-face saggy-tit hag, Barb Heller. At least she's out there and we know who she is... she's got more balls than your chicken ass.

Come out of the blog rooms and identify yourself so that we can put a face to the name and like your wishes on William Robles.. I wish you the same (for some one to kick your ass)

Hank Hill
Hank Hill

Gaytan is a fat ass. While he's out being a jerk there is real crime he should be addressing. Whata jack ass.

Tina
Tina

The posts by "Stoller and Associates" are symptomatic of the disease that plagues the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Sneaky, contrived, dishonest, knowingly, consciously and willfully desirous of inflicting physical harm on innocent people, sick (really sick), and the endorsement of actions that are downright evil.

Safety First
Safety First

I'm not surprised to read that Arpaio would set someone up. I'm also not surprised that Arpaio's supporters would actually defend the behavior. You would think Stollor would at least deny it happened-not support and encourage more of the same. Granted, the poster has emotional issues. Still I don't see any of Arpaio's Supporters disagree with him.

Michael Fallai
Michael Fallai

Man I cringe every time I see Leonard Clark's name. You're a flake and an embarrassment to the Left, Leonard. Why don't you just settle for stuffing envelopes or phone banking as a way to be an activist?

leonard clark
leonard clark

Outrageous! This should be immediately be investigated by the U.S. Justice Department and all independent authorities immediately! Good work again by a real journalist.Leonard ClarkIndependent Progressive Running Against John McCain for U.S. Senate10-29-09

She
She

Stoller and Associates-

That's the spirit. Show us what childish, and violent losers you are.

Crow
Crow

Thats the thing with Arpaio. He goes after everyone that opposes him eventually. Every political opponent and sooner or later-even the activists. He's already arrested 9 and all were found innocent. He simply doesn't care. This guy could've gotten killed. Would it matter to Arpaio and his supporters? Not in the least. They've become a blood hungry lynch mob willing to do whatever it takes until Az is a White only state. They can tell you it's not about race and only about Illegal Immigration all they want but it's painfully obvious when you look at how they exaggerate the problem.

Former Tourist trapped in AZ
Former Tourist trapped in AZ

Stephen, Thanks for keeping the public informed on how people are being targeted. If arpaio's goons did this to those living in our fine town of Scottsdale or Sun City they wouldn't tolerate it for a moment.

Arizona - a two class society - "the haves and have-nots". All will are paying the price for thomas, arpaio and pearce ethnic cleansing and tourism is the first to go, followed by families who are leaving in droves, while they build their mass industrial prison complex the state of Arizona has become. A decaying society.

Where's Cruz the violent rapist that fled the Maricopa County Superior Courthouse under the nose of the deputy sheriffs? Whose handling that? Where's the 24/7 grandstanding by the MCAO and MCSO on that one?

TommyC
TommyC

There's absolutely nothing surprising here. The culture of MCSO is one of redemption, at any cost.

As a city manager in a small western Colorado town I had someone like this in the community. When I arrived there as manager he had seven active lawsuits against the town.

Mostly due to overzealous police activity as a result of the culture of our police chief, a twin for the MCSO guy.

I immediately called for a halt to the harassment and then worked with mental health officials to create an environment for the guy to 'work' within the town.

Before I left all lawsuits were dropped by him and he was calling the chief by first name, waiting for his son to graduate high school so they could move on to a college town.

MCSO is pervasive with a cultural cancer that has spread from the office of the sheriff.

The shurf's mental illness is being shared by his employees. Many, such as Joel Fox, who simply don't understand how they've been affected by him over his 16 years.

This is, of course, simply my opinion and not based on any professional evaluations of either the sheriff or Mr. Fox.

Actually, a professional evaluation could prove me wrong...

Undocumented Blogger
Undocumented Blogger

To set up a person to get jumped by gang members is probably the lowest of the low. I'm not surprised it was one of Arpaio's deputies that was also involved in the Honduras issue. Lets not forget: Sheriff Arpaio and David Hendershott sent our money and officers to train police that are now involved in a military cue against a Democratically elected Government. Our Nation does not support the recent overthrow of the President of Honduras. But Maricopa County helped train and fund the very police that helped it happen. Whats wrong with this picture?

Concerned Catholic
Concerned Catholic

I really wish what I just read wasn't true. I wish I could just agree with Arpaio and disregard all of this. But it saddens me because I know it is. I'm a friend of William Robles. He doesn't drink, do drugs and is the farthest thing from a trouble maker. He's as honest and honorable as they come. So is Andrew Sanchez. They both are actively involved in community activities making Guadalupe a safer place for the children. They are involved in the local church. If there is a community event, they are most likely helping insure its safety. So what happens when you love your little town? You do what is right. These 2 individuals have shown courage in the face of a police force that cares less about protecting and serving and more about ruling through fear and intimidation. My prayers go out to them.

William was set up by the MCSO. This is the type of Sheriff activity that Arpaio is encouraging. We've all heard has rant about filming. His promoting a secret tool, his snarling at activists who exercise their constitutional right to legally observe. We've seen the videos of deputies erasing tapes, trying to take cameras with an excuse of "Its evidence in my traffic stop." The law says its evidence that must be supenaed-not stolen. It's also evidence for the suspect and not to be erased or destroyed by the officer (Brett Palmer)-but setting a guy up to get beaten is really troubling. Shame on Joe Arpaio.

CooperG
CooperG

Hupenthal's a chameleon: his opinion changes according to whatever he thinks the person he's speaking to wants to hear.

As for the source information, I think you'll find it came from the same source Arpaio's invented immigration laws: anti-immigration groups to whom unfortunate things like facts have no value.

Gpscentral
Gpscentral

Bruno obviously has no concept of the bullies that are the MCSO deputies. No one should stand for violating their rights, period!

 
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