Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, February 25, 2010


In true Nazi fashion: Joe Arpaio really deserves that expensive Wells Fargo tower office space when his deputies are told to abuse a mentally ill inmate, who shouldn't have been in jail in the first place.

Then, in true Nazi fashion, after the poor man finally gets out of jail, after being tortured, they want to charge him with something that happened while he was having a psychotic fit as detention officers were (unbelievably!) forcing him to wear pink underwear — and he [dies of a heart attack].

There's no depth of Hell low enough for Joe and his creepy-crawlers.
Mary Faith Thompson, Phoenix

Top-down cruelty: It's difficult to deal with crazy people in jail, but these detention officers handled this in the stupidest way possible. They did everything wrong, and they did it because, if they hadn't, their boss, the sheriff, would've accused them of mollycoddling criminals.

Better to abuse somebody who doesn't deserve it rather than get accused of being a pussy when it comes to "law and order," right? Cruelty is top-down at the MCSO, baby!
Al Garcia, Glendale

Joe understands the importance of publicity: Okay, explain this to me: What was so all-fired important about getting that pink underwear on this psychotic guy? Under the circumstances, don't you think they could've just veered away from evil old Joe's publicity gimmick?

Obviously not! Failure to force even the craziest inmate to don the pink knickers would no doubt lead to firing. Remember, the barbarism comes from the top of the Wells Fargo tower at the MCSO.
T. Nelson, Phoenix

How nice: So, the MCSO got away with murder again. How nice.
Jim Cozzolino, Peoria

New Times has gullible readers: Yeah, the MCSO got away with murder. Believe everything New Times tells you. How pathetic!

So the MCSO "killed" this mentally ill person because, a month after being in its custody, he was told he had an arrest warrant. And they didn't even arrest him for it, and he dies of heart failure that night.

That's murder? New Times and its gullible, idiotic readers never fail to amaze me. The "mental anguish" of telling him there was a charge against him killed him — so let's throw Sheriff Joe in prison!
Name withheld

He was mentally ill. Not really a game: I find it hilarious that Paul Rubin thinks that when an inmate is being booked, and he's not cooperating or doing what the officers tell him to do, they should be put in timeout.

Those officers don't have time to play [inmates'] f---ing games! They should not have handled it any differently. Except, maybe, he should have been taken in when they found out he had a warrant, rather than letting him go.
Name withheld

Tim, you'd excel as an MCSO guard: The only good thing I can say about what happened to this poor, psychotic man is that he's better off dead than in the situation he was in. Maybe the sheriff's guards did him a favor?
Tim Pierce, Tempe

Joe=bad for business: Sheriff Joe Arpaio cares nothing about anybody but himself. What the hell are he and his goons doing in the pricey Wells Fargo building anyhow?!

Maricopa County is in a serious budget crisis, as are other governments in Arizona, and Joe Arpaio should be made to buckle the hell down. The money he's wasting — and continues to waste — is astounding.

It's great that Wells Fargo wants him out. Face it, Joe: You're very bad for business.

This is a case where civil disobedience has worked to the max. Protesters, please stay out in front of the bank until it forces the geezer and his storm troopers to beat it.
John Winter, Phoenix

Answer: Very likely: What is it about all these anti-immigrant "patriots," like MCSO Deputy A. Reese, [Minutemen leader] Chris Simcox, and [State Senator] Russell Pearce that they like to physically abuse women?

Does it make them feel tough to break a woman's jaw or arm, or to punch their wife?
Chad Snow, Peoria

Jail Joe: Now that Arpaio's losing his Wells Fargo penthouse, he says he wants to be somewhere "close to the jails." How about in jail, where he belongs?
Name withheld

We're all endangered with Joe in charge: Thanks to Stephen Lemons for the detailed information on Wells Fargo's elegantly giving the sheriff the boot. But most importantly, thanks to New Times for staying on this story from the beginning, so we were able to run downtown on occasion and stand by Sal Reza and the protesters.

It's not just about illegal immigration. All are at risk for arrest and imprisonment with the destructive combination of overzealous law enforcement, malicious prosecution of anyone who stands in the way, and a broken criminal justice system.

By the way, if County Attorney Andrew Thomas stays in control, the new courthouse tower won't be large enough to handle all the innocent people he sends to the gallows.
Name withheld


Bang-up job, City Council!: Sarah Fenske really knows how to dissect a problem in our town. Her story on the airport cab wars was insightful, and it laid the problem right at the feet of the deserving Phoenix City Council. Trust the city's Aviation Department! Indeed.

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Great job, Phoenix New Times owners and outstanding reporters exposing the corruption by elected officials who have gotten away with abuse of power for too many years. Without your reporting the ignorant, uninvolved citizenry would know even less. Those who care about America, freedom and fair justice through the Constitution and the Bill of Rights have you to thank. The AZ Republic has come late to the party or Arpaio and Thomas would never have been elected.

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