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Joe Arpaio's Top Monitor Pick Howard Safir Once Hit a Pregnant Lady with His Escalade, Thinks Stop-and-Frisk Is Cool

Monday was a deadline set by federal Judge G. Murray Snow in the ACLU's big racial-profiling case Melendres v. Arpaio for plaintiffs and defendants to submit lists of prospective candidates for the position of court-appointed monitor over the MCSO.

This, assuming the two sides could not agree on a monitor.

No surprise, they didn't agree. And taking a look at the top pick of Arpaio and his legal lap dog Tim Casey, it's plain that they never really took the job of finding a monitor all that seriously.

Arpaio's numero uno is former NYPD police commissioner Howard Safir, who swooped into the administration of New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani after Giuliani axed William Bratton as commish, basically because Bratton was getting better press than Giuliani.

Safir was NYPD commissioner from 1996 to 2000, and he's taken credit for a historic drop in crime that was engineered in large part by Bratton's foresight and innovation as a law enforcement administrator and leader.

Not only is Safir a big apologist for the NYPD's notorious stop-and-frisk policy,but in a 2010 incident that will remind you of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's vehicular hit-and-run, Safir backed into pregnant lady with his Cadillac Escalade while leaving a spot on the Upper East Side where he was double-parked.

Um, and no, he did not stop.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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