Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, January 12th, 2011

DEADLY SHERIFF

Guards deserve similar sentence: Recently, a judge sentenced an Arizona teenager to natural life in prison for the murder of his teenage girlfriend. Supposedly, he beat her to death when he was 16 and she was 15. If a judge can sentence a teenager to natural life for a similar crime, then these beasts — who are old enough to know better and in a position of trust — should face the same sentence in [the Maricopa County Jail killing of Ernest "Marty"] Atencio ("Psalm for Marty," January 5, Stephen Lemons; also, see "Coddling Joe" Michael Lacey).

Perhaps [these detention officers] should face the death penalty because this was: 1) premeditated. 2) a hate crime.

Additionally, anyone of [the scrum of officers present] could have prevented the fatality after the beating — if someone had [possessed] the decency to check on Marty.
Amanda Altamirano, city unavailable

Roughshod over human rights: The people who support [Sheriff Joe Arpaio] and his "tough" policies need to take a second look at the reasons he has their support. Riding roughshod over human rights should not be a hallmark of justice in the Phoenix area

The sheriff position, for one, should not be elected. There is too much room for corruption, political ambition, and other irregularities. [Where] I hail from, they did away with electing sheriffs after one was heavily involved with illegal activity.
Dori Diamond, Pierce County, Washington

Sheriff Joe is hardly a pro: Even the MCSO media machine [will] have a hard time coming up with something to justify this latest [jail] death.

A professional agency would have suspended all the employees involved and immediately started an internal investigation.

A professional sheriff would have announced such action and done all he could to assure the public that this incident was the exception, rather than the rule.

A professional sheriff would have reached out to the family of this guy and apologized for his injuries and death.

[But] the MCSO [sheriff's] priority is self-aggrandizement. At any cost — including [the loss of] human life.
Tommy Collins, Phoenix

Our county is at great risk with Arpaio in power: So what is it going to take to clean this up and rid ourselves of this problem? How may people have to die and how many millions of dollars will the county lose to successful lawsuits against this inept politician?

The county is at great risk, and now that the [U.S. Department of Justice] has been critical of its operation, many more suits will follow and be successful.

Seriously, is there nothing that can be done to end this abomination of the rule of law? How on Earth can the United States allow this any longer? Anyone who defends this has absolutely no love for their neighbor or humanity.
Tommy Themulus, Phoenix

Not deserving of death: No one deserves to die in a jail unless a jury sentences them to death (and even then that's pushing it, though some sure can be worthy).
David Saint, Phoenix

PPD not in the clear on this: Immediate pressure [must be] put on the city of Phoenix because it's quite clear [from the video of the incident] that the officers who helped kill Mr. Atencio unnecessarily were Phoenix Police Department officers and not just the corrupt deputies of the fascist sheriff.

By continuing to send its prisoners to Joe Arpaio's modern-day American gulags, the city of Phoenix now is putting [itself] at risk because the DOJ report pointed out what is happening (especially to minority prisoners).

This puts ethical and moral responsibility on the shoulders of the City Council and city manager to stop sending prisoners to these gulags.
Leonard Clark, Phoenix

An innocent man?: [Marty Atencio] was murdered in a county jail, where 70 percent of the inmates are pre-trial [detainees] and have not been convicted of any crime.
Chad Snow, Peoria

That would be nice: We need someone to make the truth about Joe Arpaio go viral.
Kev Jessumberger, city unavailable

 
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Usaaf1041
Usaaf1041

Hey,folkes, give Joe a break Until you have walkied in those shoe don't be critical, If the truth be known, there are many more Joe,s in the US just trying to do a decent job.making the country safe. Do heard abo ut them. NO. Why because I believe Joe has been targeted and being made a scape goat.
As a former Chief of Police I would be proud to work with Joe in restoring the integrity and trust in the Sheriffs Department.

Jesus de Tijana
Jesus de Tijana

Ask Gustavo Arellano, Steve Gallardo and Kyrsten Sinema when will the illegal Mexican occupation of the United States of America end?

Jesus de Juarez
Jesus de Juarez

We brown skin Mexicans 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 people 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?

Pasquale
Pasquale

Convicts are in stir for a reason. They can't live within society's rules. There are a very specific set of rules when you go into a prison or jail. One of them is, when a CO gives a command, you respond immediately, or face the consequences. If the convict is argumentative or combative, they get corrected. All the inmates know the rules, yet some choose to ignore them, just as they did with the rules on the outside. Break the rules, the COs will break your balls. Simple.

Mbdeatherage
Mbdeatherage

I would like to know WHY the humans are eating worms in their food at the jails and the dogs are not?!

Pasquale
Pasquale

Those humans broke the law, the dogs didn't.

Jesus de Juarez
Jesus de Juarez

VERY URGENT NEWS ALERT: Ask Gustavo Arellano, Steve Gallardo and Kyrsten Sinema when will the illegal Mexican occupation of the United States of America end?

Big Red 1
Big Red 1

If i wrestled a man to the ground and tased him 6 times and he died i would be arrested for murder, now my question is 'Why does wearing a badge make you above the law? These Deputies murdered a man in their custody, the video shows he made no threatening move towards them and they murdered him, why is there no outcry from the community for this hideous crime! Has the Valley of the Sun become uncaring of human life or to the White community, does another dead Mexican/American in Sheriffs custody mean nothing to you until another White/American is killed, please remember Scott Norwood(?) and the woman who died of a diabetic shock because the dumb ass Deputies did nothing for her for more than 3 days! When are they going to ARREST JOE ARPIAO and his THUGS????????

Pasquale
Pasquale

Maybe if the convicts complied with COs commands as they should, these incidents wouldn't happen. If that convict had listened, he wouldn't have had to be wrestled to the ground or tased. Guess he made another poor life decision.

Susan Rastella
Susan Rastella

Tommy Collins was point on.........the key word being PROFESSIONAL. The MCSO is not a PROFESSIONAL law enforcement agency. They continue to prove that over and over again. However, the officers themselves are not to blame. The poor leadership and management are responsible. But who will get rid of Sheriff Arpaio.....I hope something happens to have him removed from office soon. November is a long ways away; how many more will die before then?

Pasquale
Pasquale

Sheriff Joe will continue to be re-elected as long as he wants to run for the position. The huge majority in Maricopa County approve of his record and how he handles the situation. It is only the noisy minority that claim he is a problem.

GO JOE!!!

 
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