When it comes to duplicity, Lance Armstrong, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and the Roman god Janus got nothin' on Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Here's a for-instance: State Senator Steve Gallardo, a Democrat and fierce critic of Arpaio's, tells me that since April, one of the sheriff's latest hires, Miryam Gutier-Elm, has tried to get Gallardo to break bread with the octogenarian autocrat.

Earlier this year, Gutier-Elm, a lobbyist by trade and daughter of Governor Jan Brewer's director of Highway Safety, Alberto Gutier, was brought on part time by the Sheriff's Office to perform outreach to the Latino community.

According to the MCSO's own stats, Arpaio's beige-clad army of the night encountered (read: "harassed") 394 people during its recent sweep, in an area of the West Valley that's 68 percent Latino. Only eight of those stopped were booked into jail.
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According to the MCSO's own stats, Arpaio's beige-clad army of the night encountered (read: "harassed") 394 people during its recent sweep, in an area of the West Valley that's 68 percent Latino. Only eight of those stopped were booked into jail.

And Gallardo is one of those to whom Gutier-Elm's been reaching out.

"She's been coming to my office, trying to set up a lunch [with Arpaio]," says Gallardo. "And I ain't having lunch with him."

In fact, during a recent visit by Arpaio to the Capitol, the sheriff himself buttonholed Gallardo, asking if they could do a meal at one of the sheriff's fave Italian eateries.

"I laughed and blew him off," Gallardo says.

A nearby reporter wanted to grab a photo of the two men. Arpaio was game.

"He actually tried to get close to me," Gallardo says. "I said, 'Oh, no, no, no, no. There will be no photo-ops.'"

The sheriff's attempt to schmooze him was the first thing to come to mind when Arpaio announced a major "crime-suppression" operation last week to take place in an area of the West Valley that encompasses Gallardo's district. Which just happens to be 68 percent Latino.

"Here, this SOB is supposedly trying to make inroads with the Hispanic community," says Gallardo. "Then he does a sweep in my district.

"This is the perfect example of why no one in the Latino community should be sitting down talking to this guy. Pisses me off."

Gallardo witnessed one stop during the sweep, when the MCSO pulled over a Latino teen for a routine traffic violation. He said it was notable because he almost never sees MCSO vehicles in his district.

That stop would have been one of 394 "contacts" with the public made by the MCSO during the two-day sweep, which Arpaio insisted had to do with gangs and guns and the August killing of an MCSO detention officer in the West Valley.

Never mind that the Phoenix Police Department arrested the alleged shooter of that detention officer last month. This was Arpaio's excuse to engage in a sweep like the ones that brought on the ACLU's civil rights lawsuit, Melendres v. Arpaio, to begin with.

The suit resulted in a trial in 2012 and a ruling in May of this year in which federal Judge G. Murray Snow found Arpaio and the MCSO guilty of racial profiling and widespread prejudiced policing toward Latinos, involving violations of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

Snow ordered an end to it, then ordered both sides in the suit to come up with a plan to make his decision a reality and transform Arpaio's office — still riddled with unprofessional and illegal practices — into a legit law enforcement agency.

The parties agreed on some issues, but not all, so Snow laid down the law October 2 with a 59-page final order, outlining in detail what Arpaio and the MCSO have to do to comply with the U.S. Constitution.

This "permanent injunction" included everything from extensive retraining for deputies and posse members to cameras in patrol cars to a Community Advisory Board to an independent court-appointed monitor, who will oversee the radical changes that must take place if the MCSO is to wean itself off its addiction to bigotry.

There also are specific instructions regarding any "significant operation . . . involving 10 or more MCSO personnel."

The Sheriff's Office must develop a "standard template" for such operations as well as a detailed operations plan, both of which must be submitted for review by the monitor.

Within 30 days after an operation, the MCSO must provide to the monitor and the plaintiffs extensive data on who was stopped by deputies and why.

Specific data-collection methods are spelled out in the rest of the order, some of which the MCSO has not yet begun to practice.

The MCSO also is supposed to hold a community outreach meeting, in cooperation with the community advisory board, no more than 30 days after an operation.

None of these mechanisms are in place. There is no community advisory board. The MCSO has not undergone retraining. And, most importantly, there probably will not be a monitor appointed until sometime in December, at the earliest.

Snow did allow for the possibility of a large-scale operation in the interim, assuming there were "exigent circumstances," a fancy term meaning an emergency involving "imminent threat of death or bodily harm."

So what was the emergency?

"I'm sending a message," Arpaio said at a press conference during the sweep. "You don't go around killing my officers."

Actually, the real message Joe was sending was to Snow — letting the judge know who's boss.

In neither case is "sending a message" an "exigent circumstance." Moreover, in a press release issued as the sweep started, Arpaio stated that the planning for it had been going on since August.

Meaning, once again, there was no emergency.

Arpaio lawyer Tim Casey did file "a proposed written protocol" under seal with the court. A couple of days following the sweep, the 64-page document was unsealed by Snow. Needless to say, there were no "exigent circumstances" described.

"We did our operation to conform with the court's ruling," Joe claimed to the press. "I think we did a pretty good job . . . So I'm not concerned about being in violation [of Snow's order]."

Arpaio also falsely claimed that the plaintiffs' lawyers [specifically the ACLU] were okay with the sweep.

In fact, a few hours after the plaintiffs learned that Arpaio was going to do an operation, the plaintiffs' lead attorney, Stanley Young, filed a statement with the court saying Arpaio was "circumventing" the court's order.

Young did not ask Snow for an injunction to stop the sweep before it began, but instead urged Snow to "carefully consider whether the planned operation complies with the court's order."

When I asked ACLU staff attorney Dan Pochoda why the plaintiffs didn't go for an injunction, he told me they didn't have all the information on what Arpaio was doing at that time.

Plaintiffs' attorneys are reviewing the situation, Pochoda said. The ACLU could ask that Snow find Arpaio in contempt of court.

Interestingly, the plaintiffs' lawyers recently told the court that they estimate their fees and expenses will equal $7.3 million. That's a small part of the price tag we must pay because the MCSO racially profiled Latinos and lost a lawsuit brought because of it.

Losers pay attorney fees in federal court. And, thanks to Arpaio, county taxpayers are the losers.

Meanwhile, Arpaio is promising more sweeps, which, like this one, surely will sow fear and resentment in the Latino community and increase the county's liability.

Pro-immigrant activist Lydia Guzman had several crews of legal observers out during both days of the sweep. She said most of those pulled over and intimidated were Latino families, not gang-bangers.

Indeed, out of the 394 MCSO contacts, only eight people got booked into jail, while there were 127 citations.

The MCSO's stats also suggest "37 arrests," but 29 of those individuals were cited and released, according to an MCSO spokesman.

At a hearing before Snow this summer, Arpaio attorney Casey promised the court that the era of the sweeps was over.

Now that they are back, Snow must bare his fangs or risk getting played by a two-faced tyrant, one who snuggles up to Latinos even as he's persecuting them.

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Mariah345
Mariah345

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Bubba8989
Bubba8989

How can I become an illegal alien?

I'm an American born on U.S. soil.  My parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were born on U.S. soil.

But if I can become an illegal alien, I feel more opportunities will open for me.  Perhaps I could become a California attorney and not have to pay one penny.

Where do I sign up?

Bubba8989
Bubba8989

-- Arizona told a federal appeals court this week that it will no longer issue driver’s licenses in any category of deferred removal who receive work permits. --

This will encourage you illegals to hitch hike over to Cali so you can get your drivers license, receive financial aid to go to law school and join the California Bar Association -- all at California taxpayer expense, I might add.

tomsimpson790
tomsimpson790

Arpaio's biggest nemesis is old age, father time will get him in the end! And he can spend all eternity down on that lake of fire stoking it with his pal's Bull Conner"s, Jesse Helm's, Strom Thurmond! 

Bubba8989
Bubba8989

Some of you want to resort to name calling and put downs to win your argument. 

The fact is, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boner will not allow the Senate bill to come the floor for a  vote.  (You can do Sheriff Joe bashing until the coyotes come home.)

Therefore, immigration laws have not and will not change until the House passes it.  The only change I would make is citizenship applications can only be accepted if made outside the U.S.   Citizenship applications made inside the U.S. will not be accepted.

Illegals, don't get too comfortable here.  Even in Cali.  Do the right thing and ... LEAVE!  If you don't, it's going to get real ugly.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

I finally figured out what the "exigent cicumstances" were to do this sweep. Arpaio hadn't been on the news in over a week.

Bubba8989
Bubba8989

Sheriff Joe's sweeps are necessary because the illegals are trying to "blend in" with real Americans and avoid detection.  This will not work.

It's like when the Taliban fighters tried to mix in with the Afghan civilian population.  (Or put in an 8 hour day fighting, then go home to the wife and kids, get up in the morning and go fight some more.)

Many civilians were killed by Allied forces using this tactic.  It's a very cowardly thing for the Taliban to use civilians as shields.

And so, it is also very cowardly for the illegals to try and use real U.S. citizens as shields.  Every1 sees right through this.  It will  not work.

Bubba8989
Bubba8989

Illegals should be eligible for the Mexico Drug Cartel Witness Protection Program:  They simply disappear and are never heard from again.

Bubba8989
Bubba8989

Immigration Reform should include this:

If you have provided safe harbor or aided and abetted an illegal, your U.S. citizenship will be revoked and you will need to get on the bus going south.

Bubba8989
Bubba8989

"I laughed and blew him off," Gallardo says.

It looks like Sheriff Joe will need to make him an offer he can't refuse.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Bubba8989 

Renounce your US Citizenship

That should be easy for you, since you have no idea what the U.S. Constitution is anyways and don't support it.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@Bubba8989 Cali's gain is AZ's loss. And AZ is left with booger-pickin white trash aholes like you. Have fun in the trailer park, moron.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@Bubba8989 Rednex don't get too comfortable here.  Even in Apache Junction.  Do the right thing and ... LEAVE!  If you don't, it's going to get real ugly, like Bubba's 300-lb mom.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@Bubba8989, bwah ha ha ha ha, u need 2 get  ur head out of ur hole and take a look at reality, d only one leaving is u, so pack up and leave to where ever ur parents brought u from. Illegals ain't going any where, since they r d 1s that keep the economy of d US afloat.......due 2 that d majority of them don't claim their income tax return, LEAVING all that money 4 d government 2 keep....do d math, how many don't do it, 12 million?. Without that money u wouldn't b able 2 get ur "ENTITLEMENTS"...which probably u r already doing, what r u getting?, SS checks?. welfare? , Food Stamps?. I think it'd get very ugly 4 u if they leave. I do opposse Illegal immigration also, is just that i rather live in reality. WAKE UP DUDE!!!!

car_del99
car_del99

@Bubba8989 That would be like you trying to blend in with intelligent people here...It will not work

car_del99
car_del99

@Bubba8989  It's just like you trying to blend with intelligent people here.. it won't work ,believe me

DNichols
DNichols

@Bubba;

Wow you are a Racist Dip Shit.

Trying to compare Good, Hard Working un-documented Immigrants growing your food to Taliban Terrorists?!!

And by the way Dumb Ass the legal Citizens they are blending with are thier legal Citizen Children/Family Members!

You Racists are sick in the head, seek help?!!

To : Good, and Brotherhood.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Bubba8989 

It was not the illegals using real US Citizens, it was Joe, when he detained and violated the civil rights of REAL US CITIZENS as shown in the Federal Court cases, namely the one that resulted in Joe being sanctioned and having a monitor shoved up his butt.

Next time do some research and get a clue about the facts before you speak, it iwll save you proving to others that you are an idiot.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@Bubba8989  

So Jaffy, Bubba fits you perfectly as your new name.

 

azweasel
azweasel

And idiots like yourself who lick the snot out of their sisters panties should head back alabama.

DNichols
DNichols

@Bubba;

When you say "illegals" are you refering to Arpaio's Butt Buddy Racist Minute Man Child Molester Chris Simcox that stuck his finger in his own Childs Vagina?!!

Oh thats right you Racist Dip Shits just think Brown Skin is illegal.

Hell Bill Montgomery granted sick ass Simcox "Amnesty", I don't hear you crying about that?!!

You should be on a bus south, with your fellow Bigots.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@Bubba8989 heres my retort: any dipshit arpaio lover should have to pay for any fees allocated to the tax payers for lawsuits against MCSO. Also, if you want to ignore the violation of civil rights of AMERICAN citizens, and the Constitution then you should have to forfeit YOUR rights! then maybe you ignorant dumb asses might fucking get it and decide to pull your heads out of your asses. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Bubba8989 The best offer the Clown Sheriff could make would be to RESIGN!


He's cost us about $200 MILLION with his crap, including the $100m in jail funds he ILLEGALLY misused!  

And a bet you claim to be a "fiscal conservative", Budda.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@DNichols lol dont forget about Larry Klayman!! another sick joe buddy who likes to molest his own kids (allegedly) 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Sirandyinga,

Melendres v. Arpaio is the court case Flyer cites above.

Also, the most conservative U.S. Supreme Court since Taft ruled illegal immigration is a civil offense, per 8 USC 1325. See United States v. Arizona.

Any questions?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Actually sirandyinga, major effect on Joe.

Dumbass fools like yourself are too dim to either understand the gravity of the situation or are too clueless to read and understand the United States Constitution.

Your hero Joe is just as clueless about the Constitution. Perhaps when Judge Snow is done bitch-slapping the senile old man he'll finally read what our country's founding document says.

And he's not out of the woods yet. The DOJ also plans to bitch-slap the hateful old man with a monitor of their own. And maybe if Holder's in a good mood he won't indict the heinous old man on violations of 18 USC 242.

Now fuck off libtard.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@sirandyinga @Flyer9753 @azweasel

PHOENIX, May 24 (Reuters) - Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio violated the constitutional rights of Latino drivers in his crackdown on illegal immigration, a federal judge found on Friday, and ordered him to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions.

The ruling against the Maricopa County sheriff came in response to a class-action lawsuit brought by Hispanic drivers that tested whether police can target illegal immigrants without racially profiling U.S. citizens and legal residents of Hispanic origin.

U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow ruled that the sheriff's policies violated the drivers' constitutional rights and ordered Arpaio's office to cease using race or ancestry as a grounds to stop, detain or hold occupants of vehicles - some of them in crime sweeps dubbed "saturation patrols."

"The great weight of the evidence is that all types of saturation patrols at issue in this case incorporated race as a consideration into their operations," Snow said in a written ruling.

He added that race had factored into which vehicles the deputies decided to stop, and into who they decided to investigate for immigration violations.

The lawsuit contended that Arpaio, who styles himself "America's toughest sheriff," and his officers violated the constitutional rights of both U.S. citizens and legal immigrants alike in their zeal to crack down on people they believe to be in the country illegally.

And clearly since Arpaio lost that case, that means he racially profiled US Citizens since it was US Citizens and legal Visa holders that the suit covered

Here is the actual ruling that you clearly need to read

http://www.maldef.org/assets/pdf/Arpaio.pdf

Now go away troll. you are a waste of bandwidth and server space since you refuse to accept FACTS and are too stupid to do your own research.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @sirandyinga @azweasel 

That's correct and it's also a fact that racist Arpaio supporters leave out of the equation.  All the victims in the Melendres case were citizens, visitors or residents legally here.  

azweasel
azweasel

Who pulled your chain asshole. Fucking retardlican.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@sirandyinga @azweasel lol according to the Supreme Court, being in this country without documents is NOT a crime! check the SB 1070 ruling dumb ass

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@sirandyinga @azweasel 

Yeah but the case in question, deals with LEGAL US CITIZENS THAT JOE VIOLATED THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS

You idiot

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@sirandyinga @Flyer9753 @DNichols 

and I will be laughing at you every time I see Snows monitor at MCSO, and the 6 person advisory panel, and the sanctions and judgments that Snow will be handing down, and the DOJ monitor...etc...etc...

Enjoy yours while it lasts, I guarantee I will be the last one laughing... at you.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@sirandyinga @DNichols

Yeah but the case in question, deals with LEGAL US CITIZENS THAT JOE VIOLATED THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS

Dumb ass

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Dennis, Klayman is a mentally sick fuck who deserves to be castrated for molesting his kids.

Arpaio is just a narcissistic douchebag. Plain and simple.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@david_saint01 @DNichols  Inviting Larry Klayman to speak and cheering him on at the  US Capitol really showed what todays extremist right wing is all about.  It's almost as if they want to show the world how hatefully ignorant they are. 


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO sirandyinga who said I was a libtard?

My political affiliation is none of your business.

I despise fools like you but you are rather entertaining to respond to. And I hate Faux and the Koch brothers.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Sirandyinga, is "libtard" all you got or can you come up with an original thought?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@sirandyinga @WhoKnows @Bubba8989 

So Judge Snow, a federal judge, who is a Republican and was appointed by Republican President Bush... is a libtard now???

LOL!!!! It's so funny how fast you 'conservatives' will turn on and eat one of your own because they follow the United States Constitution, the same document that protects you.

Enjoy that federal monitor, that 6 person advisory board and the soon to come DOJ monitor shoved up your ass by a REAL REPUBLICAN!

 
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