There was no testimony that such scrutiny was attached to more affluent ZIP codes.

According to the officer, she drove a "minute, minute and a half" after he activated his lights. She pulled into the driveway of her home. She called her mother.

Her husband came out of the home. Both husband and mother were "cordial," according to Deputy Gamboa, but Escamilla was agitated. She did not know why she was pulled over.

She produced a license and registration (which proved citizenship) but was waiting for proof of insurance to arrive in the mail (she would furnish insurance paperwork that week).

"He said," Escamilla recalled at trial, "that he had reasonable belief that I had drugs, alcohol, and weapons in my car. I said, 'No, I'm pregnant. I'm on my way home from school.'"

"He said, 'It doesn't matter. People do drugs when they're pregnant.'"

"I said, 'Well, not me.'"

At five months pregnant, Escamilla was clearly showing, Deputy Gamboa testified. But he wrote off her agitation to something else.

She performed and passed a sobriety test. She was instructed to sit on the hood of the car.

Pointing out how hot the metal was (the Valley was enduring 100-degree days in September), she explained that her hips hurt and "she needed to get my blood flowing." She refused to sit there.

According to Escamilla, Deputy Gamboa responded: "I can be an asshole if you want to be a bitch."

Escamilla then testified that she was slammed stomach-first against her car when she refused to sit on the hot hood as instructed.

Gamboa then called a K-9 unit and had a drug dog inspect Escamilla's car.

So Gamboa had heard something about high-stakes drug dealing. He was in the driveway of a home where a mother and husband tried to calm an agitated daughter and wife. She was pregnant. The 25-cent light on her license plate wasn't working. Bring in the dogs.

Why did the deputy call the K-9 unit?

"I don't recall exactly why."

He did say that he found Escamilla's behavior "very bizarre, very erratic, very non-compliant."

In fact, as the stop graduated from one event to the next, Escamilla's breathing became erratic and Gamboa called EMTs.


While Sheriff Arpaio defended himself in federal court against charges of racial profiling, he also testified in a separate state courtroom regarding the agonizing death of Deborah Braillard in one of his jails.

Longtime pest holes, Arpaio's cells have been under a federal judge's oversight since his first election in 1992.

Attorney settlements and verdicts against Arpaio have cost taxpayers more than $50 million. Even so, the details of Braillard's ordeal were appalling.

Although her medical records at the jail showed Braillard was a diabetic dependent upon insulin, jailers did not look at her medical records. She went into diabetic shock and horrific convulsions. As she vomited and defecated on herself, moaning in pain, desperate inmates attempted to get help.

Arpaio's staff, known for telling inmates that suffering is what they get when kicking drugs, ignored Braillard's pain. Braillard was not kicking drugs, and if she had been kicking drugs, she would have required immediate medical attention.

After days of heartbreaking torture, Braillard slipped into a coma and died in a hospital.

When attorney Michael Manning finished unfolding the details in front of a jury, Arpaio's lawyers offered a settlement to Braillard's daughter of $3.2 million rather than let a jury decide the amount. On October 31, the settlement was rejected by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, meaning the Braillard case will, indeed, go to trial.

Last week, with Judge Murray Snow's ruling on racial profiling still pending, Arpaio was sued for yet another senseless killing of a prisoner at the hands of his jailers.

On October 23, Sheriff Arpaio was sued for $15 million on behalf of Ernest "Marty" Atencio's family.

Recognized as mentally ill when arrested, Atencio was asked to goon for his mug shot by the sheriff's mocking and clowning staff. Under the federal mandates governing Arpaio's cells, a mentally ill detainee is supposed to be segregated and given immediate medical attention.

Instead, Atencio was put through a booking process he clearly did not grasp. When he passively refused to take off a shoe, he was attacked by a crowd of law enforcement personnel, tased, and beaten into unconsciousness. Stripped of his clothes, he was tossed naked into a cell while surveillance cameras captured jailers dancing in celebration outside his cell.

None of this appears to matter in the least to a majority of voters who will go to the polls next week. Arpaio is expected to get voted back into office, though many hope that Democratic challenger Paul Penzone can pull off a miracle.

Here is how popular Sheriff Arpaio's brutality and anti-immigrant crusade have made him.

Consider the revulsion elicited by child molesters: Catholic priests, Boy Scouts leaders, the BBC scandal, and Jerry Sandusky.

Yet the documented 400 cases of sexual abuse Sheriff Arpaio ignored to pursue political enemies and migrants made little dent in his popularity.

When law enforcement is out of control, historically it is held to account not by voters but by the U.S. Justice Department.

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thespecialneedsgroup
thespecialneedsgroup

Looking at the above picture, I the only thing I can think is, why in the name of Hell does a civil law enforcement agency need an M2 heavy machine gun?

Guerro
Guerro

Ahhh! I love the sound of proggies crying.

danitaford78
danitaford78

to aron i am not from here and i did not come over with a may flower ship i came from my mother so if you do not know me you should keep your comment to yourself .And he is a racist man that only has power and control that he use to no avail .How do you think he won by paying people and keeping all the mexicans from votinig yesterday so he could win.

newcomer
newcomer

Wow thats crazy stuff I almost hate to ask but I know somewhere along the line Sheriff Joe has apparently done some good stuff for some shitty people. I dont agree with dragging Obama into the article but I do find it interesting that the people who might have had the opportunity to nip this in the bud either co signed it or backed it. I for one didnt vote for him I detest his policies and rate him somewhere in the Hitler regime is it any wonder he embraced the KKK how is he different?

Anon
Anon

Thank You Michael Lacey for a direct & very readable article. 

ainjunwon
ainjunwon

ArPaio is a "nut" BUT at least he's a "Nut" I trust . . . . his track record :)

candey8111
candey8111

Thank you for writing a concise fact-filled fair article without assumptions. Too bad your other writers don't follow your example

1070-24-7-365
1070-24-7-365

I hope Sheriff Joe is re-elected just so I can hear the whines for the prog-tards.  "Waaah, racism! Waaah! homophobia!  Get used to it, Holder will be gone soon and Sheriff Joe would make a great replacement

50Hz
50Hz

How many of you all are okay with letting all kinds of strangers run in and out your own home at any time, day or night? I'm sure most people would say that they have rules and boundaries they enforce for their own homes. What would happen if the law didn't protect people and their homes?

ted409
ted409

arpaio will prevail .... hes been thru alot tougher elections than this .. he needs to go home and enjoy his retirement at age 78 hes got a good reason to go home . the pima county sheriff is about as lold and wise 

dockhooty
dockhooty

Very simple answer is if Feds would enforce their own immagration laws we wouldn't be having this conversation and Arizona wouldn't be paying for lawsuits backed by the folks that don't enforce the laws passed by the U. S. congress. If you break the law I don't care what your race is you should be punished, it just happens that their is more Mexican crossing our border than Canadians, with out papers or pass ports visas or other papers.

 

redperk1964
redperk1964

do the people in Maridopa County know what percentage of their taxes go for just paying lawsuits the County has lost because of this bag of s_it !

roadfunk
roadfunk

This 80 year old butt potato should be forced to retire. 

eurosportm3
eurosportm3

Dont like the laws gtf back to mexico !!!!!!!

danitaford78
danitaford78

he sucks and so does the governer they are both racist and hateful people they have freind there kind ,they do not care about the middle class or the poor here all they care about is money that they can spend on there selfish self they make me sick .

danitaford78
danitaford78

i  dislike this man he is evil and he needs to go he has been running this town to long and he needs to go home and retire his badge .he is racist any time he want to to spend money for a private detective  to search for the president birth ceritifcate he has issues and he needs to go and be home with his wife that he has been with for 15 years and do something else with his life  and let the new person running that i vote for give us better jails and better food and not treat mexicans or other races like crap.i am not saying dont punish people for the wrong things they do but be fair about it.B ecause some people need corporal pushiment but that for prsion not the jails.He needs to go !!!!!

artfire1557
artfire1557

Yiou're so right. He's a nut. A racist, bully who has nearly everyone fooled into thinking he's a good,  tough, sheriff. But the truth is he is s corrupt lawman I've ever known. The list of illegal and costly things he's done is too long to even list. He is only in charge of criminals in jail for either ; waiting trial or in for only 1 year or less. He is not in charge of the bad criminals such as murderers, as he would let you believe. He's just great at promoting himself.Not good for Arizona. 

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

 @1070-24-7-365

 I progged your mamas tard tunnel, where you slipped out, covered in my sperm.

Go sniff your fingertips, sheep fucker.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @1070-24-7-365 

 

Prog-tards? LOL!!!

 

You idiots are too stupid to even think up your own insults, you have to steal others.

 

Lame... really really lame.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @50Hz 

 

If Joe actually protected people ant their homes, you would have a point, but he doesn't.

 

He is too interested in how much face time he can get in front of the closest camera as he arrests yet another US Citizen who happens to be brown.

Anon
Anon

 @dockhooty Schooled in AZ? Beautifully illiterate..... ahhh

Anon
Anon

 @redperk1964  Not to mention healthcare for the 'bigfatburger', who should be  a goner due to ALL his lack of standards. Well said ~ from a rape  & assault victim, in the Mecca of DENIAL of Human Rights/ Maricopa county, a dustbowl tornado of hatred.

eurosportm3
eurosportm3

 @redperk1964 Well if there weren't so many illegals here thinking they had rights in our country , backed by these civil liberty unions there would be no lawsuits !!!!!    imagine if you went to Russia and waiving  an American flag and demanded rights and weren't a Russian citizen... WTF do you think would happen there.. Come into our country the right way the legal way or go home.

grandforksnd2000
grandforksnd2000

 @redperk1964

 And paying for all the illegals to go to the emergency room with our tax money.  Educating them for FREE.

sarum
sarum

@eurosportm3 This is how most of the world thinks, including our neighbor to the south. It does not mean racism necessarily. Even in Mexico they deny being racist when they do things that would be huge lawsuit here. I agree with euro - one comes to a nation to benefit - many immigrants and refugees are torn between their "community" and becoming a full US person. Some have told me "I did not come here to live in Litle VietNam, (substitute litte Mexico, little Italy, little Hmong) and unless the laws are egregiously problematic - say if they are being invited to nation but laws are very prejudice against them - then they have right to file suit (if the nation allows such) - but to just wish to change the laws and make it like the nation they left cuz that is what they like - no. They came here because it is not like the nation they left.

JOEgottaGO
JOEgottaGO

 @eurosportm3 eurosperm why in the world would you say something like that?  Why dont you go somewhere where you are the minority.  Try doing something to better yourself and see what its like to be in their shoes.  Are you an American Citizen??  The Euro in your name makes me think otherwise.  Put yourself in the position these people are in...I bet your ideas might change a little.

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

Whites in mexico are breaking laws all the time ...you don t know about that do you..

ardwyck
ardwyck

 @danitaford78

 First, he has been married 55 years.

Second, Mexican is not a race.  It's where they are from.  Therefore, race isn't an issue.

Lastly, despite what you have said, you are trying to get people who have broken the law from being punished.  If you are here by any other means than the prescribed means you have broken the law.  Law Enforcement has every right, and duty, to check the status of suspected violators of the Federal Immigration laws.

 

I am really getting tired of all the focus being on the person, persons, breaking the law.  It may be true, even laudable, that they are trying to improve their life by coming to America,  But to do so by sneaking in is just should not be allowed.  Hey, I need more money, how far would that reasoning fly if I used it for robbing a bank?  Just saying.  There's an old saying 'The road to hell is paved with good intentions'.  This immigration issue proves this.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @eurosportm3  @redperk1964 

 

Hey idiot, the lawsuits are from US Citizens that Joe has arrested and/or detained simply because they are brown.

 

They are also for people who have not been convicted of any crime being killed by deliberate officer neglect in his jails. US Citizens and in at least one case, a US Veteran!

 

Your analogy is also total BULLSHIT since the laws of this country are not the same as the laws of russia. You want those laws, move there.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @grandforksnd2000  You can thank the U.S. Supreme Court for the free education for illegals.

 

The 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision created "separate but equal" education for minorities.

 

The 1982 Plyler vs. Doe decision reaffirmed the 1954 decision.

eurosportm3
eurosportm3

 @sarum  @eurosportm3 Not racist idiot !!!! just telling mexicans if they like mexico so much go home !!!!! i have many friends that are mexican , spanish , black , whatever !!!!! but they are LEGAL and there parents came here the legal way as did mine from Greece , they pay there taxes , work and put money back into the economy not Mexicos , look all i'm saying is come here legally pay your taxes put your hard earned money back into the American economy and fly both flags with pride.....

eurosportm3
eurosportm3

 @JOEgottaGO I am somewhere where i am a minority , my own state where i was born and raised a$$wipe , tired of all these illegals protesting they have rights in Arizona , your illegal you have no rights stop waiving your mexican flag ,  if your so proud of mexico go back home.....

eurosportm3
eurosportm3

 @truthseekeraz Not racist just tired of illegals coming here ILLEGALLY , i have no problem if they enter our country LEGALLY and want to contribute to our economy and not mexico's , illegals are taxing our health care system affecting our childrens education by making our kids learn spanish only !!!! you came to our country learn english why should we have to learn spanish you are in our country , just shows how bad the problem is , you go to certain parts of Phoenix and all signs and billboards are in spanish its like little mexico , smells like it too......

eurosportm3
eurosportm3

 @taxpayer88 Big whoop i pay taxes too and no if your illegal you aint going wtf you want , time to take back our home Arizona !!!!!!

Anon
Anon

 @ardwyck  @danitaford78   Wait another AZ bred & Home-schooled? So exactly which Mayflower did your Illegal family disembark from?

sarum
sarum

@MaskedMagician19 Figures "Flyer" would "like" the incorrect interpretation. Where is your anal righteousness about "just the facts" now? Brown did NOT create separate but equal - Brown's intent was to eliminate the existence of separate but equal. Never let a fact error get in the way of liking a good asswipe. Rally the troops!

sarum
sarum

@MaskedMagician1967 Were you waiting for someone to catch this one? No Brown was a landmark decision AGAINST "separate but equal." In fact most minority schools only taught how to be servile - they were not "equal." Plyler vs. Doe re-affirmed NOTHING. Plyler vs Doe said that children of illegal aliens cannot be denied FAPE K-12 and that districts cannot levy fees to attend public schools in order to fund their attendance when they don't pay in taxes. IOW, the states knew that the unfunded mandate to educate illegals was going to break them financially eventually so they were pro-active about it and levied tuition fees to families of children in public schools whose parents were not paying taxes to support the school. Not prejudice - just sound economic policy. But the effect is prejudice cuz how can a low-wage field worker afford "tuition"? They cannot. So the greater good was considered that having uneducated population was going to cost more over the long term. Likewise having an unmedicated (no health care) population ends up costing way more in the long run, especially when easily transmissable diseases are on the prowl. Both sides have good points. I don't know what the answer is because we are now quite broke and this is just one of the many causes. I have sibling that was illegal alien in another nation. She never got her education. That particular nation does not concern itself with the rights of illegals and deports them regularly and the rest of the EU says nothing. Nor does the World Court, International Human Rights . . .none of them say boo.

sarum
sarum

@eurosportm3 @sarum I was defending you as not necessarily racist stating that most of the world holds your view towards their illegal immigrants. Whose the idiot now?

eurosportm3
eurosportm3

 @AZHighways  @JOEgottaGO I agree with you Joe , if you are going to live in America show respect to the flag , but i also know the latinos are very proud of their culture as they should be , so fly both flags with pride as i said before and come here legally , no problems with that on my end , problem solved...

 
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