if you notice it was posted days before they found out it was friendly fire.. It was sad.. Oh by the way they did catch the drug dealers that they shot at...
By Ray Stern
By Ray Stern
By New Times
By Amy Silverman
By Stephen Lemons
By Stephen Lemons
By Monica Alonzo
By Chris Parker
How stupid does Sheriff Joe Arpaio think the citizens of Maricopa County are?
At least as stupid as "Randall," a supposed former meth addict who claims in one of Arpaio's campaign commercials that she got straight in Joe's jails during one of several stints there.
"I thought my life was over," Randall tells us, as soft, syrupy music plays in the background. "But I enrolled in Sheriff Joe's drug-rehab program in Tent City. I got myself cleaned up, and I got my life back."
Then comes the line sure to cause nausea among the normal.
"I never thought I'd say this," smiles the woman, who looks like she may be in her late 20s. "But thank you, Sheriff Joe."
The 30-second ad ends with a shot of Arpaio, looking every one of his 80 years, with his arm around her.
I haven't spotted this one on the boob tube, yet. Only online.
Another one (which I have seen on TV) regales us with Arpaio's daring deeds as an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. This, before becoming sheriff.
Oddly, these adventures include getting "kidnapped," according to the ad featuring Joe's bio.
However, the sheriff's supposed abduction never is mentioned in either of his lie-filled memoirs, co-authored with crony Len Sherman ("Sheriff Joe Buffaloes Readers," June 26, 2008).
Nor has Joe ever spoken of being kidnapped, as far as I can tell.
And as I reported in a recent item on my Feathered Bastard blog, ex-DEA honcho Phil Jordan, onetime head of the DEA's El Paso Intelligence Unit, says he wasn't buying Joe's bull, that he knew of all kidnappings of DEA agents. And an Arpaio kidnapping wasn't one of them.
But then, Joe's not one to let the truth get in the way of a good yarn.
The third Arpaio re-election spot I'm aware of features kiddies on swings, with Joe telling us how they are "da future" and need "strong families, good schools, and safe neighborhoods to thrive."
You'll note "freedom from child molesters" ain't on Joe's list of prerequisites. How could it be, when his office botched more than 400 sex crimes in El Mirage and elsewhere, many of them involving children who were raped repeatedly by their tormenters because the MCSO failed them?
But back to Randall, who, assuming she was a real inmate and isn't suffering from delayed Stockholm Syndrome, should have that space between her ears inspected for rocks.
Sorry. I'm happy if Randall kicked her habit. But her shilling for Arpaio is disingenuous on so many levels.
I can only hope she got paid for her nuzzling a sadistic creep like Arpaio, who brags about the cruel conditions in his jails and the fact that he feeds his dogs better than he feeds his inmates.
True to form, Arpaio's re-election campaign e-mailed the YouTube video of the Randall ad to prospective donors with an appeal for cash.
Seems $4 million-plus in his war chest isn't enough for this money-grubbing octogenarian. Maybe he's squeezed all he can out of the birther boneheads and now must go after the bleedin' hearts.
"A major part of my jail policies focus on helping those that are addicted to drugs," Arpaio lies in the fund-raising appeal. "The ALPHA programs in our jails continue to be a tremendous success in helping inmates fight their dependency on narcotics.
"This ad tells the story of a young woman named Randall who was addicted to meth, went to Tent City, and turned her life around after participating in the ALPHA program."
The truth is that the ALPHA drug-treatment program involves a very small percentage of inmates. The last published figures I found were for 2008. At that time, the program boasted 7,000 enrollees and 4,000 graduates in a span of 11 years.
Sounds impressive, at first. But according to a 2009 audit done of the MCSO by the county, the average daily population for MCSO jails in 2008 was running between 8,000 and 10,000 bodies per day.
Sure, the ALPHA program is great for those who qualify for it, but that's a drop in the proverbial bucket.
According to an MCSO brochure, the six-week course is for sentenced inmates. About 70 percent of those in county jails are pre-trial detainees, meaning they are awaiting trial or waiting to get bailed out.
And there's no getting around the fact that Arpaio's gulags are dangerous places, where it's not uncommon to die while you're doing that waiting.
In fact, you may not have to wait long. Marty Atencio didn't. The 44-year-old Army vet was mentally ill, off his meds, and wandering the streets not too far from where he lived when Phoenix police picked him up after his erratic behavior scared a woman last year.
He was taken to Arpaio's notorious Fourth Avenue Jail, where he was jumped by MCSO detention officers and Phoenix cops, Tased, beaten mercilessly, and left naked in a holding cell to die, as his jailers laughed and mocked him.
Atencio has a family that loved and misses him. His wrongful death now is the subject of a $20 million notice of claim, the precursor to another in a long line of jail-atrocity lawsuits against Arpaio.
As this newspaper has reported time and again, cruelty comes with a price tag. Over the two-decade span that Arpaio has been sheriff, wrongful deaths and other jail-related torts have cost taxpayers more than $50 million in legal fees, settlements, and awards.
In the case of Deborah Braillard's untimely demise, it's already cost the county $1.8 million in legal fees. And that was before the civil trial in Braillard v. Maricopa County began this month.
After it's over, it will cost us far more.
It cost Jennylee Braillard her mother and Jennylee's baby girl her grandma.
As Village Voice Executive Editor Michael Lacey recounted in a 2010 cover story ("What's a Mom Worth?" December 9), Braillard, a diabetic, was arrested in 2005 on a minor drug-possession charge.
For four days, fellow inmates watched in horror as the 46-year-old Braillard, denied her insulin, slipped into a diabetic coma, as she moaned in pain, begged for help, vomited, and soiled herself repeatedly.
Other inmates demanded she be tended to, but the MCSO guards told them, "She's getting what she deserves," and, "This is jail . . . Get over it."
These goons, both male and female, thought Braillard was in withdrawal from a controlled substance. Never mind that she could have died that way, as well. But she wasn't coming off anything: Tests later showed she was drug-free.
By the time officials, spurred on by Braillard's daughter, moved her to the hospital, it was too late. Eighteen agonizing days later, her internal organs shut down and her body bloated by fluids, Braillard died, just as surely as if she'd been pummeled and Tased like Marty Atencio.
Just as Charles Agter, Scott Norberg, and Clint Yarbrough were offed in restraint chairs by MCSO thugs; just as Phillip Wilson and Brian Crenshaw were beaten to death, the former by members of the Aryan Brotherhood, the latter by MCSO guards.
I'm out of space before I'm out of names of those who were unfortunate enough to die in Arpaio's dungeons or his Tent City "concentration camp" (his words, not mine).
"Thank you, Sheriff Joe?" Please.
if you notice it was posted days before they found out it was friendly fire.. It was sad.. Oh by the way they did catch the drug dealers that they shot at...
THIS IS WHY ARE LAWS ARE HARDER THAN OTHER STATES... DO YOU GET TRUTHSEEKER>>>
One U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was killed and another wounded after they were shot early Tuesday while checking a motion sensor near the Arizona-Mexico border, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
A CBP official said that 30-year-old Nicholas Ivie died after the agents encountered gunfire around 1:50 a.m. near Naco.
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Both agents worked out of the Brian Terry station in the Tucson sector. The shooting occurred on State Route 80 about seven miles east of Bisbee, according to Carol Capas of the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, one of two investigating agencies.
The wounded agent was flown to a hospital with injuries to his lower extremities that were not life-threatening, according to Capas. A third agent in the area was not injured, Capas said.
Capas said the agents were walking up a hill to investigate the triggered sensor, indicating something that was moving across the area, when they took on the gunfire. Capas said it was not known if the agents returned fire but that they were able to radio in they were under fire.
The FBI and Cochise County Sheriff's Office are leading the investigation and search for suspects.
Terry was a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed in a December 2010 firefight with a group of armed Mexican bandits just north of the Arizona-Mexico border.
Two guns found at the scene were bought by a member of a gun smuggling ring that was being monitored in the government's botched gun smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.
It has been a devastating week for Cochise County law enforcement. Sheriff Larry Dever was killed in a one-car crash on Sept. 18 as he was headed to meet family in northern Arizona for a camping and hunting trip.
"You know we haven't completely processed today yet, but ... it's just been devastating for us," Capas said. "Our biggest concern right now is for the Border Patrol agents, their families and the people that they work with directly. Our hearts go out to them. We understand how difficult of a time this can be."
"You know, we have such a vast amount of land to cover from our department's standpoint with 86 sworn officers, and that includes our administration, Border Patrol is an integral part of assisting us whenever we need backup on any type of call that we have, specifically when we are in the remote areas," Capas said. "So it's very difficult for us right now."
I fed the fuel and was wondering how many fish i could hook....... Looks like i got my catch for a week! LOL.. It has been fun messing with you minds!
Oh i know her and her family.. She was bad looking.. I'm glad he picked her... The comments i read about her.... It proves you should do some back ground searching before speaking... Glad she got help by Joe! If you look at tent city.. there is a vacancy sign.. lol.. It like a hotel.. lol.. but this hotel keeps you tell you pay your dues! you get a choice in tent city. you can sit there do your time or choose Joe drug program.... I hate to say it.. there are other States that could use tent cities to.. it would cut the crime down a whole lot... I have no compassion for criminals.. all of you that do. Should remember.. For a fact all they are allowed by geneva convention.. Is a toothbrush, toilet paper, soap, and razor. Minimal medical.. time to treat them as such.. Criminals.. but we have boohoo bleeding heart liberals that have made it so inmates now get better Medical care ( organ transplants included ), better education, food, and yet they feel like their lives are hell.. then when they get out and can't get the luxury stuff they had in jail.. they do a harder crime so they get longer time.... they even get the top dental care who would want to live outside their.. when they want something they whine and congress and the bleeding hearts.. It's time to get tough... Screw the families that come here and are worried about there babies in jail here why did you come here to the USA.. because the Jails and prisons are ten times worse than are... We have spoiled prisoners in are country.. time to make their time hell.. Isn't that what jail and prison is for.. to make you never want to commit that crime again!
I graduated ALPHA in 2002 - Been clean and sober now for ten years. The tents is where I got my introduction to God and CA / AA, and it was in ALPHA where I actually realized the desparity of my adiction. I now am a religious volunteer at tent city and facilitate a church service there on Tuesdays. Further, I know MANY who have found recovery in the jails in Maricpoa County. I currently run a successful HVAC company in Phoenix, and I have been given a greater life than I could ever imagine. I can't say that the credit goes to Shreiff Joe, but instead to God, but he sure di use ol' Joe to save my butt! - I submit to you, Mr. Lemons, that perhaps you should do some research into the PEOPLE involved here. The program of custody support volunteers is Joe's program, but it is the people that volunteer that are making the impact. I find it insulting that you suggest that "Randall" may not ever have been an addict. If you would like to meet for lunch sometime, I would be happy to share my experience with you - and I have PROOF of bad it was for me then and how good it is for me now. If I were a journalist, I would jump at the chance to get some real insight into a story that interests me. I was an inmate therte for seven months, and I KNOW!
Joe does a job that none of the commentators are capable of. If you do not like him vote. But please keep your mouth shut about rumors you propagate.
For many, a stint in jail is required to get off drugs; often these addicts are truly grateful for being locked up as it results in getting their lives back.
well, even for old feeble joe these new ads are wading in deep bullshit....we already knew he was a liar and a blow hard and needs a shampoo, but geez you old pathetic creep you must really be feeling the heat from penzone, after all is this the same joe who said so many times he doesnt care what anyone thinks of him, he is DOING HIS JOB AS HE SEES FIT......remember this fellow voters, you cant always believe what Joe SAYS, but you can ALWAYS believe what Joe DOES....follow the money, ask the real question: Are you receiving good value for your tax dollars? Didnt think so.
Hey Machete wants to give you a bear hug too, Arpy. He told me he's looking for you. He said "if chu see Arpy tell him, MACHETE, MACHETE, MACHETE!"
Oh, boy, you comsoclibprogs are at it again. Being on the side of criminals, you have to scream at their nemesis. Sheriff Joe's my guy. You go, Joe!
Just when you think Arpaio cannot get anymore disgusting, he tops all his other nonsense. Surely there is some 51% in Maricopa County that can see thru his crapola?
The people have spoken at the ballot box for 6 elections now. They say the same thing. Joe Arpiao. I think some folks have seen the light and turned themselves around after going through the Maricopa County Jail, there are programs for inmates who want to change.
It should be remembered, no one is in jail for singing to loud in church. Some folks hit rock bottom, go to jail and turn it around. Others are repeat customers by their own admission. Inmates like most people are not perfect, they make mistakes, some people learn from their mistakes when a better way is shown. Sometimes that occurs in jail.
I am disappointed that the federal government spent 4 years and countless millions of dollars on an investigation that went no-where. There final report seems to lay waste to all the folks who were ready to crucify MCSO
Joe Arpiao, may not be perfect, but he exists by the popular will and vote of the people.
Will the Clown Sheriff agree to a debate in this election? He can get Russ Pearce and Candy Thomas as his "practice" debaters, as neither have jobs, thanks in part to Joke himself!
i love how his tent city ad claims "most citys let criminals out if their jails are too full, i dont do that" YET ANOTHER LIE!!!!!! name me one city that does that, and i want proof!!! thats all this man does is LIE!!
Yet despite all of this atrocious behavior that has gone on for years my stupid fellow Arizonians will re-elect this man. You should be proud of yourselves!
Why dosen't Arpaio do a Campaign Commercial with Marty Atencio's Family members showing how they feel about the job Arpaio has done to not only Marty, however to many in Arpaio's ruthless M.C.S.O. "Goon Squad"custody?
Come on Arpaio show some "Honesty"??
Why do you people seem to forget what these lowlifes did to get into these situations. Maybe you should work in a jail setting before you judge.
@pp_sheeba The Border Patrol agents shot each other. It's tragic, but there were no Mexicans involved.
@truthseekeraz Arpiao still leads the way in the abuse, torture, neglect, and summary execution of it's inmates, many of them not convicted. Anyone who has any kind of medical condition that is medicine dependent can pretty much count on getting your final affairs in order before going into Arpaio's jail,as there is a chance that they may decide to neglect you to death. They have not changed policy one since the documentary, and continue using the chair, including the torturous practice of sitting the inmate down, then leaning the inmate forward so the inmate can no longer breathe.Sadly Arpiao will win the next election, and everyone who voted for Arpiao will love him until he executes one of their relatives, probably for a minor traffic offense or shoplifting.
@pp_sheeba You might want to keep in mind that you don't necessarily have to commit a crime to end up in Joe's correctional system. Just fall in his bad side, or get profiled by his deputies, and you can find yourself in his jail, and if the conditions are right, you can find yourself on his execution list. It is one thing to be detained awaiting conviction or sentencing. It is another to be executed for shoplifting. If you take issue with my statement about being executed for shoplifting, might want to take a look. Inmates who were awaiting appearance before a judge have ended up dead before a judge even adjudicated the case.
Because someone opposes the unprofessional, corrupt, and criminal behavior of the MCSO shurf you deem them to "being on the side of criminals"? Hmmmm... you must be a posse member waiting on your knees in line for a promotion to "Hawaiian Detective", that newest rank accorded to those with the strongest ability to defy gravity....
@ReggieVV Sadly the only people who vote in maricopa county are the old people. I suppose we will continue to vote him in til the nasty creep dies....
@godhatesdems Genesis 1:27, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them"
Sometimes a child gets molested, then the sheriff redirects investigators to getting after brown people instead of helping that child, and the child is left to fend for him or herself. Somtimes that happens over 400 times. But that's OK with you, right? You still would say he's doing a fine job. Joe's got the child molester vote locked up, that's for sure.
@andre-leonardHe's been elected five times, dummy.
No, he won't 'debate'. He only talks TO people, not with people. He also has no depth of knowledge upon which to rely should he actually have to think about a cogent question presented to him and other candidates. Such as, "What can be done to use monetary and human resources better within MCSO so as to put more officers and deputies in positions where they can be most effective"?
His answer would simply be, "I don't recall".
And you comsoclibprogs call names because you have no cogent argument.
Zigs, other jurisdictions allow reduced sentences at the direction of the courts and the ciy and county jails must comply. The Maricopa Superior Court has the authority to do so, as well, but may be intimidated by the shurf since MCSO realizes some serious money from state and federal funding for each person per day who is being held in our jails in Maricopa County. The old man is seriously mentally ill and applies his own brand and definition of "law" as he sees fit. It's well past time for him to stain his dentures with the grass from his favority pasture, in Massachusetts. If they will let him in, without credentials of course.
@danzigsdaddy I hate Arpio with a passion but other states do this on a regular basis, it's well documented. But yes he is a liar and a criminal and should be on the other side of the bars.
@bveater It isn't about arizonans electing Joe Arpaio. He rigs the elections, just like he rigs the bids for the county contracts for vendors. Every vendor for Maricopa county is an immediate relative, and every election was rigged. He is, has, and always will be a shame to law enforcement, as he runs concentration camps, and executes his inmates if they meet the criteria, such as medicine dependent inmates. He has run amuck, and nothing short of his dropping dead will change that. He has already guaranteed himself another term in office by preparing to void enough votes to get himself elected. Not all of us arizonans are stupid, we are just powerless to do anything short of revolt.
@nettiesgs42 I"ve worked in a jail setting. I interviewed to work in Maricopa county jail system. I refused the position. Even murderers aren't summarily executed by witholding necessary medicine. Arapiao has executed presentenced inmates. The only other jailer in history known to execute presentenced inmates is Adolf Hitler. I hope like hell you never get stopped for a traffic violation, you could face the very same execution. I have the prerogative to judge. If you've never worked in a jail, you don't have the right to even post here.
@nettiesgs42 Nettie are you serious right now? You sound ridiculous. I don't need to work in a jail to know that if someone is convulsing, vomiting and is urinating and defecating themselves they need some attention. You're the lowlife(in my book) if that's how you feel.
@nettiesgs42 My dad worked for the MCSO shurf for 3 years.
His health is now shot as a direct result of the conditions the Old Fool maintains in the jails. IIRC, my dad worked at 4th Avenue.
@nettiesgs42 Marty Atencio was not a "lowlife." You're a lowlife for suggesting he is and for supporting a scumbag like Joe.
@nettiesgs42 no thanks!! i dont really want to be involved in the murder of a mentally ill veteran, or a diabetic mother or any of the other "mysterious deaths" that occur under joes watch in his jails. although i'm sure that even though these people never had their day in court they just have to be guilty. i mean MCSO and joe never lie.....right?
@nettiesgs42 I have worked in a Jail as well as an LEO
MCSO and Sheriff Joe did this to themselves, the job did not do this too them.
I can judge, you clearly can't
@Tommy_Collins true tommy, it comes into play AT sentencing. if they are overcrowded they will hand out a 5 month sentence instead of a 6 or 7 month sentence, and i have seen it happening here. but the way i am seeing the commercial, he is implying that if they are overcrowded they will let a guy with a 7 month sentence walk after only doing 4 or 5. and that is something i have never heard of. there are certain programs that will allow a somewhat earlier release like a prison early release credit or temporary release credit. but these only come into play if certain criteria are met and if it is allowed in the sentencing report. county jail (here) has day-served-day-earned, that relies on "if you are working, if you you have no write ups, if sentencing allows it" as some of the criteria. another would be ALPHA itself and only if sentencing allows it and you meet the criteria. its just another sneaky half story by him to scare people into thinking the streets will be flooded with people who werent supposed to be released. jail or prison cannot change what sentence was meted out. i think its called the truth in sentencing law
A child-rapist who stays one step ahead of the police does not have the police's endorsement of his conduct, so too you can't say the DoJ sustained Arpaio behavior, especially considering they are still chasing him for civil remedies.
Try being honest for a change, it does wonders for your soul.
@yourproductsucks I never said he took my camera phone or even attempted to on this occasion or any other.
That was someone else
Typical of liars like you to not be able to keep straight who you are lying too and what you are lying about.
You are right TEAM security guy. Arpaio attempted to strong arm you at your gate at what used to be called Cricket Pavillion and you not only thwarted his advance, but you recorded it as well. This one interaction makes you an expert witness to Arpaio and his antics.
What's unclear is, did he take your camera phone then (the one that had grainy video capabilities) or was it another incident when he did so? And this vdeo system you put in at what used to be called Cricket Pavillion, how does it play into the picture?
Where was it you worked as a law enforcement officer over 20 years ago at? How long were you there? What makes you the resident expert on all things enforcement?
Wow - another example of you twisting the content of a sentence for your own use.
I said I could show pay stubs and you could even call them and verify it but why bother since you don't believe anything other than what you believe anyways. No where in there did I say I was going to show you my pay stubs.
That is a lot different from what you attempt to paint that as.
Oh well - trolls will be trolls.
I am calling your bluff saying he was not there. Prove it. You can't so clearly you are lying.
You made the statement that you could show pay stubs from cricket pavillion. I didn't ask for evidence, you stated you could provide evidence. I'm calling your bluff. Now your backing off your claim stating you don't have to show it. You are right. But remember, you were the one who brought it up.
You certainly meet the mental aptitude of a TEAM security member.
And you have shown nothing to support your claims. Because you say something doesn't mean a thing either.
This is a blog, I don't have to show you anything. I know what happened as do the people who were there and witnessed it.
If MCSO kept the same records as all other LEA's keep, the proof would also exist in the call sheets for the day
Oh wait. MCSO doesn't believe in records keeping since it would show proof of Joe and his deputies wrongdoing - how convenient that is for them.
You've shown nothing to support your claims. Because you say you can doesn't mean a thing.
ROFL, you are such a troll.
Never worked for TEAM, never would.
I could show you my pay stubs, hell you could call Clear Channel or Desert Sky and even with their confirmation you would still call me a liar
Thanks for proving me right about you being a troll
You can't show a blind man what the sun looks like - I feel so sorry for you blind man
@Flyer9753 OK TEAM security guy. Whatever makes you feel better about yourself.