This, though technically true, is a bit of a dodge.

Elected in 1992, Arpaio has been the continuous target of litigation. He knows from experience that he is not supposed to destroy evidence. Furthermore, he is obligated to turn over any and all relevant documents.

As a precaution, opposing attorneys not only demanded a litigation hold on all documents, they filed a document search under Arizona's public-records statute.

Racist correspondence among sheriff's personnel included the following Photoshopped images said to demonstrate Mexican engineering.
Racist correspondence among sheriff's personnel included the following Photoshopped images said to demonstrate Mexican engineering.

Ironically, Arpaio and his staff are the single worst abusers of Arizona's public records. The Arizona Court of Appeals found Arpaio not in compliance four times in the past four years. He was ordered to pay fees in three cases involving more than a dozen violations, many involving this newspaper. Arpaio's dozen offenses in four years dwarf those of other offenders; all other state agencies had a combined total of three violations in the past decade.

Arpaio's resistance to scrutiny, as well as the destruction of evidence by his people, dates from the sheriff's earliest days in office, according to attorneys Joel Robbins and Michael Manning.

Robbins represented a paraplegic who was restrained so violently that the young man left his cell a quadriplegic.

"It took two years for them to produce the tape of the officers restraining Richard Post, and when they did, our expert said the tape was degaussed. It had been run past a magnet, so all you could see were snowy images," Robbins said.

Post was crippled in 1996. Robbins claims the destruction of evidence almost is a given in cases he's litigated with Arpaio.

No Arizona attorney has litigated against the sheriff for jailhouse brutality and death more frequently than Manning. He concurs with Robbins that destruction of evidence is a given with Arpaio. And, like Robbins, he says the pattern began shortly after Arpaio took office, with the killing of Scott Norberg. In Manning's case against the county, the following evidence was concealed or destroyed: a deputy's notes the night of the killing, critical X-rays, the existence of a fractured larynx. When an independent autopsy discovered the fractured larynx, the county seized the body and the larynx itself disappeared.

How does the federal government collaborate with a sheriff who does not just ignore the law but actually is a lawbreaker?


Scott Norberg was killed in 1996, two months after the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division notified the county in writing that the gulag-like conditions in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail violated the Constitution.

The U.S. government has "collaborated" with Sheriff Arpaio in oversight of the jails for nearly two decades.

After two decades of "collaboration," the jails still are operated in defiance of human decency.

In 2008, federal Judge Neil V. Wake found that Arpaio's jail, despite some improvement, continued to violate the Constitution. The most serious offenses were threats to life and limb: a chaotic medical record system so unresponsive that it presents an active threat to health and welfare; the mentally ill, who form an inordinate percentage of the jailhouse population, are not merely undiagnosed, but are at physical risk and brutalized.

According to Judge Wake: "Detention officers often do not know which pretrial detainees in their custody have been identified as seriously mentally ill . . . pretrial detainees have been punished for behavior related to serious mental illness.

"Thorazine is an anti-psychotic medication with potentially severe and permanent side effects, including extremely painful involuntary muscle spasms of the neck, tongue, eyes, or other muscles, a profound restlessness and constant movement of the feet and legs, drug induced Parkinsonism and tardive dyskinesia [potentially permanent disfiguring involuntary movement at the face and/or limbs].

"Although Correctional Health Services witnesses testified they would not prescribe Thorazine as a first line of treatment, in fact, CHS has prescribed Thorazine for many psychotic, and even some not psychotic, pretrial detainees without justification for its use. CHS psychiatrists sometimes prescribe Thorazine as a sleep aid."

After 34 years of federal oversight, this is the color of collaboration.


On the morning of December 15, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez announced that his office would partner with Sheriff Joe Arpaio to rectify abuses. That night, as news of the "collaboration" circulated, deputies killed Marty Atencio, a bipolar veteran off his meds and acting strangely. The videotape shows a passive Atencio jumped by a mob of lawmen. The victim is Tased — repeatedly — tossed into a cell, and stripped. He never regained consciousness.

In 2010, we published Deborah Braillard's story ("What's Mom Worth?" December 9). Arrested on a minor charge, she went into a diabetic coma in Arpaio's custody. The jail had her medical records and knew she needed insulin. No one looked at her records.

Instead, numerous shifts of jailers watched her vomit and defecate all over herself. She groaned in agony, went into convulsions, and died.

Over a three-day period, the jailers ignored Braillard's misery, telling other inmates she was kicking drugs. (She was not. In any case, had she been withdrawing from alcohol or drugs, she would have required immediate medical attention.)

This systemic sadism continues after decades of collaboration with federal oversight, and now the Justice Department wants to partner with the sheriff on racial profiling?

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Rick Mage
Rick Mage

I am a Mexican American who is a veteran. This article is bullshit. This sheriff is the only one around here who will actually do his job and enforce immigration law. Can he help that most of the illegals that he is arresting are Hispanic?? Probably not since most of the border crosser's are of Hispanic decent and Arizona is flooded with Hispanic people (I was stationed there for over 8 years, I know.). If all of the illegals from Mexico and South American countries were of Irish decent, there wouldn't even be an issue with the Hispanic race, because the Irish would be the ones crying foul. I support Sheriff Joe, and if he needs an extra gun, all he needs to do is ask. If you are Hispanic and you are pissed, because I am Hispanic who don't have any sympathy towards illegals, fuck you. I took an oath to defend the United States and the U.S. Constitution. I never took an oath for the Hispanic race. I owe no allegiance to Mexico, to any country in South America, or to the citizens from countries that are South of the border, and I cannot understand why there are so many "legal" Mexican Americans who feel that they do! They're U.S. citizens, not Mexico's citizens or citizens from any other country! In fact, I would think that they would hold little regard for those who "beat the system" while they did everything legal. As for me, God comes first. Then my country. Then my family...Then the Dallas Cowboys. ;) Then maybe the EDM/Rave scene... :p

Guest
Guest

Would like to say i do not like Sheriff Joe, and think AZ has no civil rights, Police Az need to take a refresher course on civil rights, But as far as racial profile when it comes down to it, if you get stopped you need ID and all people regardless of there race,You do not get special treatment, because the color of your skin is brown black yellow,Also ACLU needs to step in on Jail conditions, Also defending the rights of people who truly need 'This is making me feel as though why cannot other races, have a 24 hr line when you have a p[problem with police civil rights , should be for all

Michael W
Michael W

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this investigation started while ya boy Bush was in office ignoring the illegal immigration problem. After Regan gave 3 million total amnesty. If you are going to complain get your facts straight.

BIGEAGLE
BIGEAGLE

OBAMA DOESN'T SEEM TO AGREE WITH ANYONE WHO PLAYS THE SAME CHICAGO POLITICS.....PISSES HIM OFF....GEE, ISN'T THAT A SHAME ....!!!

Jesus de Tijana
Jesus de Tijana

MAJOR NEWSBREAK: When will this occupation of the US by illegal immigrants end?
Ask a Mexican when he / she will end the Mexican illegal occupation of the US and return to Mexico. Sheriff Joe is a true patiot. God Bless him.

Pk Griffin
Pk Griffin

fully 1/3 of Maricopa County is illegal.

AMERICUS
AMERICUS

cant believe all the lies and hate towards sheriff joe who enforces AZ law! If people think the laws are not good laws...then change them, otherwise shut the hell up!! Arpaio is doing his job, if he were not he would not have been elected by the people of maricopa county. If he was breaking the law he would have out long ago...he is not, and Holder and Obama know it! This is all political BS too get Obama re-elected!

Jesus de Juarez
Jesus de Juarez

Mexican occupation of "El Norte" is against the constitution.
We brown skin Mexicans presently occupying "El Norte", need to return to Mexico and take over the country from the pale skin descendants of the colonial masters. Kick out all the white skin occupiers of Mexico, our tue homeleand, with the help of Gustavo Arellano who will renounce his stay in "El Norte". He will be our new presidente in Mexico. Will you join us and Gustavo Arellano?

Buckeye
Buckeye

You idiot Rosmth, the issue is not illegal immigration, it's violating the constitution of the United States. I'm sure you are also in favor of suspending the first amendment that allows you to write such drivel if it's for a good reason. Also, since you don't seem to know about something called punctuation, it comes as no surprise that you are unaware of the history of Arizona- formerly Mexico- and even after the USA illegally acquired this state from Mexico and made it into a territory, more than half the population living here were of Mexican origin. Many had come into the area even after it became a US Territory, and came legally. They tilled the land and cultivated it, but when the railroads and big business interests came to Arizona they literally ran the people off of their own land through thuggery, shady business dealings, and other illegal acts. They were made second class citizens by the INVADERS the whites from back east who practiced segregation. I'm not hispanic, I'm white and my ancestors came from Europe legally through Ellis Island so don't accuse me of being racially biased against whites.

I'd like to see you get arrested for something you didn't do and find yourself presumed innocent until proven guilty and forced to live in a hot tent in the desert and endure daily humiliation. That is the legacy of Arpaio, multiple violation of the basic rights afforded every US Citizen. Even if you took all the racial profiling and the illegal immigrants out of the equation, Arpaio is still guilty of multiple rights violations and setting law enforcement back into the dark ages. I'm sure if he could get away with it he'd install public stocks in the front of the MCSO.

BC
BC

Thank you so very much for writing this article....finally someone is exposing this "criminal" Arpaio. He is an embarrisment to our State. I can't believe all the ignorant people who continue to vote for him...they are very sad, scared, people who do not like people of color....Please People wake up.

Rosmth
Rosmth

this rag sucks so bad just wait till these fucking wetbacks take your jobs , i just do not understand how it can be profiling when your looking for ILLEGAL HISPANICS you don't stop Chinese you don't stop blond haired blued eyed people you stop people who might just might look like a hispanic not a palefaced whitey nor black as coal person from north Africa you stop the people who fit the desciption of what your after and Arizona it is MEXICAN and the legal Mexican of this should happy to have the ILLEGAL ones gone after they are taking their jobs too anybody is this country without a college degree should be happy as all of our jobs are at risk but not the new times I guess none of your jobs have been taken by a lower paid under educated less qualified person who only got the job because they will do it for less I guess the new times just doesn't give a shit about the people who read this perverted rag and kepted it going when all the porn adds on the back drove thousands of readers away. I know the point of good writing is to stir up the masses butt this trash does not srir anything butta compost heap ,you pick on hard working people have their very lives threatened by Biker Gangs then turn around and call him a biker cronie ,this rag should move two hundred miles south you would be out of business in one month because the very people who you now defend wouldn't read this shit after the first week and the drug cartell's would blow up your offices so fast for talking bad about them it would make your heads spin, I have nothing against hispanics what I don't like are people who try and justitfiy people who break the law and it's alright cause they need a better job WELL SO DOES ABOUT 75% OF THE REST OF AMERICA what them what about me I have been replaced so many times because I don't have a degree sorry I couldn't afford one I didn't have someone else to pay for it and I'm not alone just who the hell do you think built America in the first place brick by brick building by building peple who came here to be Americans not to change it back to their country street by street, one block at a time they don't want to be American they just want the money to send back home and it this makes me a racist all I can say is it not my fault someone else made eme into one by forceing my hand to fight for my country my way of life

Rosmth
Rosmth

this rag sucks so bad just wait till these fucking wetbacks take your jobs , i just do not understand how it can be profiling when your looking for ILLEGAL HISPANICS you don't stop Chinese you don't stop blond haired blued eyed people you stop people who might just might look like a hispanic not a palefaced whitey nor black as coal person from north Africa you stop the people who fit the desciption of what your after and Arizona it is MEXICAN and the legal Mexican of this should happy to have the ILLEGAL ones gone after they are taking their jobs too anybody is this country without a college degree should be happy as all of our jobs are at risk but not the new times I guess none of your jobs have been taken by a lower paid under educated less qualified person who only got the job because they will do it for less I guess the new times just doesn't give a shit about the people who read this perverted rag and kepted it going when all the porn adds on the back drove thousands of readers away. I know the point of good writing is to stir up the masses butt this trash does not srir anything butta compost heap ,you pick on hard working people have their very lives threatened by Biker Gangs then turn around and call him a biker cronie ,this rag should move two hundred miles south you would be out of business in one month because the very people who you now defend wouldn't read this shit after the first week and the drug cartell's would blow up your offices so fast for talking bad about them it would make your heads spin, I have nothing against hispanics what I don't like are people who try and justitfiy people who break the law and it's alright cause they need a better job WELL SO DOES ABOUT 75% OF THE REST OF AMERICA what them what about me I have been replaced so many times because I don't have a degree sorry I couldn't afford one I didn't have someone else to pay for it and I'm not alone just who the hell do you think built America in the first place brick by brick building by building peple who came here to be Americans not to change it back to their country street by street, one block at a time they don't want to be American they just want the money to send back home and it this makes me a racist all I can say is it not my fault someone else made eme into one by forceing my hand to fight for my country my way of life

T P
T P

"...there IS no route to America for an unskilled immigrant."

And there shouldn't be. We have millions of unskilled and low-skilled unemployed already. Why on earth should we be importing MORE?

A few years ago the Heritage Foundation determined that the average "low-skilled immigrant" headed household consumed $20,000 more per year in government services than it paid in taxes. Every year. It was like giving each family a brand-new Ford Mustang annually. You can talk about "No welfare" but we have a myriad of programs that provide just that at present.

And before you break out the Race Card, know that it is legal minorities in our country who suffer the most when having to compete with these low-skilled trespassers.

Just as we can no longer afford to be the world's policeman, we also can no longer afford to be the world's welfare shelter.

Cynthia
Cynthia

All I can say is WOW. I just moved to Phoenix in November, and my first experience with this guy was an article about how he neglected to investigate child abuse and sexual assaults in over 200 cases based on whether the victims were hispanic. I am disgusted that this person has been in office for so long. He acts like he is above the law for a good reason; noone is enforcing the ones he is breaking. As soon as I get my residency in AZ, I am voting this sorry excuse of man out of office.

nancy
nancy

The question isn't as much what the government is doing, but WHY. Why support a thug and a blatant criminal?? And--why is he still in office? I submit because he represents the ugly face of racist Maricopa County.

ErikJ
ErikJ

Your Sheriff is a racist thug. He also appears to have an IQ lower than his shoe size. You're in good shape there because you're white -- of course, Chicanos also support Arpaio (not nearly as high a percentage) because he keeps job competition down. If the U.S. had any sort of sensible immigration system all of this nonsense would be unnecessary. And, no, "they" can't "wait" their "turn" because there IS no route to America for an unskilled immigrant. None. If MY kids were hungry and there were work "across that river there," what kind of deadbeat would I be if I didn't try to go get some? A simple worker program would do it. No welfare, of course -- but anyone who wants to come and WORK should have a way to do that. The current "system" is a monstrous mess, made worse by monsters like Arpaio… not to mention the fact he routinely ignores court rulings and breaks laws that HE doesn't like. He is the very definition of authoritarian.

Michael W
Michael W

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this investigation started while ya boy Bush was in office ignoring the illegal immigration problem. After Regan gave 3 million total amnesty. If you are going to complain get your facts straight.

Jetexas
Jetexas

A true patriot that lies, steals , kills behind a Sheriffs badge,. He has done nothing but chase undocumented workers. He doesnt do anything about the other crimes. His job is so harda ll he does is go to their jobs with his gang and he calls the media to film it. but you people dont care that he committs felony crimes . you want the Mexicans out. You people are to blame for the shape AZ is in by accepting his lies and criminal actions!

L L
L L

What's a payout?

JHA
JHA

How you know this? Your arsey statics?

JHA
JHA

Sheriff Pig , a criminal,constitutional violator.

JAuSuck
JAuSuck

Do you have the Data to prove it? or are you as stupid as Arpaio. Shit, hope his lying is not contagious. LOL.
Still Prove it! I bet you can't. LOL

Jetexas
Jetexas

Obama had nothing to do with those killings, he had nothing to do with the lies, he had nothing to do with destroying evidence, he had nothing to do with the misappropriation and spending of Joe’s budget, he didn’t make Joe cost AZ millions, he didn’t force Joe to do anything. Why are blaming someone that wasn’t involved, because the FBI is investigating Joe? He was voted Sheriff because the people of Maricopa think its ok for Joe to commit crimes as long as he chases Mexicans. AZ is the worst state in the USA ,it is run & controlled by corruption. I don’t think people there have a clue. They just look the other way!

JHA
JHA

Are you stupid? Arizona law? The federal law is paramount!
Tell when Arizona became an independent state,nation?

JAuSuck
JAuSuck

@AMERICUS He is a Criminal hiding behidn a batch. What I cannot believe is how blind or stpd you and those who continue to support the CORRUPT Sheriff are. LOL. Justice will be served.And all of you who still believe In Arpaio will look like total Id10t$... LOL No matter what you say know YOU ARE WRONG and as criminally guilty as poor Joe.

You say this is political to get Obama Re-elected? This investigation started 3 years ago... Arpaio has continued to disregard the law. He has purposely lied and destroyed evidence... LOL OMG LOL He must be shitting on his pants right now....LOL

Kay
Kay

I understand...the facts can be very confusing for Joe's supporters. But don't worry, reality will set in once you see the FBI giving Joe a perp-walk out of his office. I'm sure you'll be dazed for a while but there will be plenty of time and information for you to figure out what your messiah and his pocket puppy's actually did. His 2 chief leg-humpers are gone and facing federal indictment..but Arpaio is squeeky clean..right?. Thomas and Aubuchon are gone, being disbarred, and facing federal indictment...it's sure a good thing that Arpaio was oblivious to that whole thing too....right? Do you really think that when the feds feel that they've let out just enough rope and start handing out subpenas and indictments that all these people, and others, are just going to fall on a sword for him? I'll put good money down that Hendershott is talking to the feds already.

Jetexas
Jetexas

It doesnt bother me to live next door to undocumented Mexicans as a matter of fact they are much better people , they dont cause trouble they are always wanting to help really very pleasant to be around there is no hate or violence a much nicer than the hate & racsim of the people of AZ. I couldnt give a flip if they dont have a peice of paper they are not dogs.God didnt make borders people did.

Jetexas
Jetexas

but they dont wait till you are tried . The minute you want through the door you are treated as a harden criminal no how minor the crime is. My God they killed a blind man and a disabled guy, women and caused the death of a baby just to note a few of the murders.To many deaths have gone unpunished.The filth of the jails the spread of MRSA.The abuse of the immigrants breaking theirt jaws, their arms and legs this should not be happening. I am sick of all of it. I hope no one in my family ever gets thrown in jail there , there is a chance they might not make it out!

JAuSuck
JAuSuck

I Love people who know History. It makes the others look like total fools... LOL The truth is not over rated!

JAuSuck
JAuSuck

There is a lot of fucken jobs available. The problem is that people like you are to lazy to work on the fields in very hot days from dawn to dusk for minimum wage. If you really want people from other nations to enter without the proper documentation, GET A FUCKEN JOB on the fields or stop eating what comes from the fields and stop CRYING like LITTLE GIRL.

Jetexas
Jetexas

They can not get government services. Everything is computerized and fake Ids wont work.Plus they have to show a W2 they now run- credit checks and dmv checks , they have to have 3 months proof of earnings a ID and SS card for everyone that needs services.Everything has to match.How do I know ?I called you can do it too if you really wanted to know.
Plus most are so afraid of being discovered they would do anything to draw attention to themselves.The immigrants also have a lot of pride in being able to earn there way. http://www.tolerance.org/magaz...

JAuSuck
JAuSuck

Read my comment to Rosmth. Because all low skill workers who happen to be legal are fuck'n lazy and refuse to work extremely hard for very low pay. Would you do there work??? I bet you would NOT. Not even in your dreams. The would be a nightmare for you... LOL
GO DOJ Get that SOB. make him shit in his pants...

Kay
Kay

And all that has what to do with a sworn law enforcement officer consistently violating federal and constitutional laws? The ends do not justify the means when the means violate the very foundation of our laws.

We could even leave out immigration all together...explain the malicious and unconstitutional attempted prosecution of Sgt. Thomas Lovejoy. I could type all night about his other abuses of power and authority but I'll keep it simple and ask that you simply explain why he should not go down for Lovejoy alone.

Olsoljer
Olsoljer

Do you believe everything you read?

Rosmth
Rosmth

you haven't been Az long enough to no shit about what he has and what he hasn't done wait till you have had your invaided by a couple of non english speaking people and had guns pointed at you in what you thought was a SAFE area wait tilll you are pulled from your car at a red light then maybe then you can something about the Sheriff if he is doing such a bad job WHY has he been re-elected so many times

Rosmth
Rosmth

no because he does a good job wait till you have a gun in your face wait till your walking into the bank and YOU get hit from behind and have your face broken all because you walked between to mexicans having a arguement and they get mad at and all the people standing sudenly didn't see anything

Rosmth
Rosmth

ya you and the rest fo YOUR kind are bleeding my country dry with free medical you have allready killed California because of all of the freebies the state of Flordias medical system is broke because the hospital can't say no and after a couple of hundred thousand in medical costs that they cannot recover because you have NO insurance poor Alabama learned the hard way let them in you go broke paying for them uncontroled breeding just because you can have them does not mean I should get stuck paying for them there how so you like that and the biggest problem it's all true

Michellen2kyotz
Michellen2kyotz

Uhhh...no ...illegals are the reason we are in the mess we are in in AZ. why dont you ask one if they are on our welfare system, why dont you ask one if they are or know a drug dealer. Or ask them when the last time they paid insurance for thier vehicle, children or wives was. Or heres one for ya...Ask one if they know someone who sold a home to a family member or friend for a higher price than what it was worth, split the money and did it again with another home. It happens all the time JETEXAS. I know ..they BRAG about it. Send thier butt back let them finish raping theirr country and over populate it but get the hell out of ours. I voted for Arpaio and I will vote for him again. OH!!! Just so you know illegals aren't all the population in tent city. Wake up! Quit whining and realize THEY are an issue not the ones trying to make them account for themselves and not depend on everyone else like they have always done. They are the ones committing crimes and lieing.

Jetexas
Jetexas

Its probably how Joe got millions in real estate that he paid cash for! One transaction was for 440,000 , one for 250,000 cash and before they could find out all of them he had his records sealed but they can confirm 1.5 million. His cheif deputy has home valued at 400,000. Sounds like drug money to me! Or thats where the unaccounted for money is either way its a crime.

BIGEAGLE
BIGEAGLE

ONLY TO THOSE WHO BROKE OUR LAWS, IT SEEMS YOU AREN'T SMART ENOUGH
TO REALIZE THAT YOUR HOME IS BACK ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE.......

Jetexas
Jetexas

They need to become their own country and throw Alabama in there to. To keep everyone else in the US away from the hate & ugliness. That way if they want corruption etc it will only affect them

Jetexas
Jetexas

When I was unemployed I asked why nobody can find work when there was hundreds of listings. They said there are plenty of jobs the people just want to use up their unemployment and then when they start looking the job they want may no longer be available.

Jetexas
Jetexas

Do you choose not to see what is going on?

Cynthia
Cynthia

NO, I don't believe everything I read, I research it first. After I heard about the hundreds of cases of molested and raped children that were ignored based on their ethnicity, I definitely looked into this guy, and the findings were not to his favor. So let me ask you the same question: do you believe everything YOU read?

Cynthia
Cynthia

Actually, I don't think I need to live here for a long time to understand what is going on here: the man is continually breaking Federal law and seems to think he can get away with it. He keeps getting re-elected because of racist bigots who only see the color of skin of a person rather than realizing that everyone, regardless of their skin color or ethnicity, are capable of being good or bad. Also, I'm not sure what you said in the beginning of your comment, since you clearly don't know how to compose a sentence, but whether or not a person can speak English has no bearing on their likelihood for violence. I am not afraid of "non-English" speakers, I am afraid of ignorant, uneducated, racist people who seem to think they have a greater right to be in America than others despite the fact that this country was built on immigration.

Kay
Kay

So the feds are targeting him for doing a "good job"? You're delusional!! I have no doubt that politics are involved. I don't care! I don't care what anybody's motive is that wants to bring Arpaio down as long as its legal....unlike Arpaio's and Thomas' cluster-fuck of Stapley / Wilcox. If Obama's and Holder's motive is to win votes...so what...the SOB is guilty!!!

He's now gonna jump up and down like a whiny little 8 year old because his own tactics are used against him...its called poetic justice!

Kay
Kay

You're right! It's amazing that not a single one of his supporters that post on this site will even attempt to explain how they believe he hasn't violated the rights of Tom Lovejoy or Dan Saban, to name just a couple. When ever you mention any constitutional violations that aren't related to immigration...they either stop responding or, and, go off into some subject changing diatribe about Obama and Holder and how the only ones that think he did anything wrong are tree-hugging, illegal-loving, liberals.

The truth is, I can't stand law-breaking, constitutional right violating, pompous assholes trying to take down good cops. I couldn't be happier that he's standing defiant! Cooperating would be the worst thing that he could do in my book because I want him taken down. Not resigned and not elected out. I want to wake up one morning, turn on this news and see the FBI perp-walking him out of his office.

Cynthia
Cynthia

Exactly! You put it better than I could have, since I wasn't intending to write a lecture and that seemed to be the path I would have gone if I tried to sum up your statements. :) I realize that racism is deeply ingrained in America's culture and is continually being reinforced by society, so when I say "racist bigots" I acknowledge that many of them do not even realize that their ideas are racist at all. I tried to figure out why there would be any supporters of his policies, and I can recognize that the idea of enforced the law is quite appealing in a world where we too often never see any return for the promises made by politicians, but he outright breaks the law himself - which massively contradicts the very reason people support him. I don't want a tyrant in any office, and any "good" that may be accomplished by one is cancelled out by the crimes they commit themselves. Thanks for your comment, it's always good to hear an intelligent opinion.

Kay
Kay

Nicely put Cynthia! However, I don't believe you're entirely correct about Arpaio only winning elections because the people that vote for him are "racist bigots". There is no doubt that this is true for a significant number of his supporters. But I believe many simply have no clue about what's really going on. They are frustrated with what they see going on and view Arpaio as a savior of sorts. Confirmation bias is their method of processing the world around them. They have already reached their conclusions and only information that fits will be accepted and all that does not...is completely ignored or deemed irrelevant. Kind of like a drone, or robot. I've asked at least a dozen times why he should not go down for Lovejoy alone and not one of his leg-humpers will respond... it's contrary to their mindset, so they just pretend it doesn't exist or isn't relevant.

 
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