10 Most Bogus "Death Threats" Against Joe Arpaio
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, after attempting to walk to lunch one day.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio seems to have an obsession with trying to get the public to believe that his life is in constant danger.
Such was the case yesterday, when Arpaio's office issued a press release to describe the latest "death threat" against the elderly sheriff. The "threat" was an e-mail from a 16-year-old kid in Canada, who said he'd kill Arpaio, whom he called a "massive dickhead" -- not exactly an imminent threat.
Check out 10 of the most bogus death threats Arpaio has cried about:
After postal inspectors found a package with powder, wires, and a battery addressed to Arpaio, his chief deputy explained -- without any hint of evidence -- that it's "very much like cartels" to do something like this. The deputy referred to this as "an actual explosive device," which all sounded oh-so-credible when he explained, "I'm not making this up." Arpaio explained that his "good sources" indicated a cartel connection. We're more inclined to believe our source, who called it "not a very sophisticated device" and said it's not clear whether any explosion would have occurred at all.
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