The scheme by county officials to round up immigrants for conspiring to smuggle themselves into the country has been busted up by a federal judge.As a result of yet another immigration-related lawsuit filed against the county, a federal judge ruled that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Attorney B ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio issued a press release last week condemning a Latina organization for not allowing the Sheriff's Office to run a booth at the organization's upcoming convention.Arpaio -- whose office engaged in the racial profiling of Latinos, according to a federal judge's ruling -- seemed to ha ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio issued a press release condemning a Latino organization for not allowing the Sheriff's Office to run a booth at the organization's upcoming convention.Gee, can anyone think of a reason why the Hispanic Women's Corporation would try to keep Arpaio's office out of its event?Maybe -- ... More >>
Operating on the assumption that not all MCSO deputies are as lame as their organization's titular tyrant and his immediate underlings, I apologize in advance to those beige-shirts who, contrary to this blog's header, can chew gum and drive at the same time. My title's query is prompted by the MC ... More >>
As long as Joe Arpaio is sheriff, every day in Maricopa County is Groundhog Day. Despite federal Judge G. Murray Snow's May finding that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his immigration-obsessed office are guilty of racial profiling and that the MCSO's prejudiced policing toward Latinos must cease, Tempe Pol ... More >>
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he's going after the party scene at Arizona State University this weekend.Well, the old man himself won't be out there scribbling minor-in-consumption tickets to the youngsters and telling them what life was like during the Civil War, but his staff warns of a ... More >>
It certainly appears that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is going to get a babysitter monitor as a result of the Melendres racial-profiling lawsuit.Maybe, just maybe, the MCSO will operate a little differently with this appointed monitor looking over Arpaio's shoulder.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's comrades in his sham "investigation" into President Obama's birth certificate ought to be committed to a mental-health institution.Why? Consider the "prime suspect" for faking Obama's birth certificate, according to one of the birthers in on Arpaio's gag -- Phoenix New Times.
Attorneys for the ACLU and Sheriff Joe Arpaio still haven't agreed how MCSO is going to remedy the racial profiling a judge found in the Melendres v. Arpaio case.However, by all accounts, the appointment of a babysitter monitor seems certain.
The extent to which the media rolls over for Sheriff Joe Arpaio never ceases to astound. Take Joe's recent comments following an August 17 incident in the desert, where Glendale resident and self-identifying "militia minuteman" Richard Malley allegedly pointed an AR-15 at an MCSO deputy. The inci ... More >>
More than a year ago, Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced his team had developed "probable cause" to believe President Obama's birth certificate was a forgery.Most people just laughed their rear-ends off and got on with their lives. Others, however, have spent a considerable amount of time proving that eve ... More >>
Pollsters say Sheriff Joe Arpaio's job-approval rating is 37 percent.Although that seems extraordinarily high, it's the lowest rating the Behavior Research Center has found for Arpaio since it began polling on the subject in 1996.
Stop us if you've heard this one before: Someone far, far away from Maricopa County has been arrested for threatening to blow Sheriff Joe Arpaio to greasy chunks.It's possible you've heard this one before because this happens to be the fourth time an alleged "bomb threat" has been made against Arpai ... More >>
I'm not sure which is more obscene: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's grotesque mockery of migrants who've died crossing the Arizona desert, or a compliant and wholly uncritical media's reporting on Joe's latest stunt involving white crosses in the desert. There's nothing the local idiots in the Fourth Estate ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced yesterday that his armed citizen-patrols of schools will continue for a second school year.In other words, some old geezers will be armed and doing laps around schools in the MCSO's jurisdiction.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's armed citizen patrols of schools is continuing for another school year.Arpaio's NRA-approved posse patrols went without any serious incidents last year, when Arpaio instituted the program in response to the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting.
As the saying goes, would you buy a used car from this guy? Or more to the point, a used home? The "guy" in question, as you can see in the pic above, is Sheriff Joe Arpaio's fired, disgraced ex-top flunky David Hendershott, once the most feared man in Maricopa County. (Note: There's a better, i ... More >>
One week away from a major filing in the ACLU civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio, the MCSO has done its 74th worksite immigration raid on the Phoenix commercial cleaning service Pro-Serv, arresting four women in the process. MCSO spokesman Chris Hegstrom issued the following statement in respons ... More >>
Due to prison overcrowding in California, state officials there are planning to release around a thousand inmates, and relocate thousands more, according to recent media reports.The plan right now, according to the Los Angeles Times, is that "low-level criminals, as well as seriously ill and elderly ... More >>
This weekend, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio celebrated the 20th birthday of his favorite son jail, Tent City.To celeberate, Arpaio ordered some stuff for inmates that's generally not allowed -- coffee, better food, rental movies, unrestricted television, magazines, '90s music, and cigarettes (c ... More >>
Who celebrates 20 years of running what they describe as a "concentration camp," and takes pride in exposing men and women to the elements of the desert?Only the leader of that "concentration camp," of course -- Maricopa County Fuehrer Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's claim that he was the last person to be interviewed by conservative writer Andrew Breitbart is not true.The claim came out during the height of Arpaio's media attention for his "birther" investigation, and like many of Arpaio's sensational claims -- like arresting Elvis, or b ... More >>
As promised in a previous blog post, here's videographer Dennis Gilman's take on Sheriff Joe Arpaio's anti-immigration worksite raids on two locations of the local Uncle Sam's restaurant chain. The video includes interviews we did with two of the workers arrested by the MCSO. These were two of five ... More >>
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano -- deporter of 2 million, coddler of serial racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and advocate of police-state programs such as 287(g) and Secure Communities -- was confirmed by the University of California Regents on Thursday to head the UC system. I ... More >>
Here's your "Moment of Zen" for the day: Elderly Sheriff Joe Arpaio wonders if President Obama will call him for the Department of Homeland Security post being vacated by Janet Napolitano.It seems a bit strange that Arpaio has a desire to collude with a president he claims has a fake birth certifica ... More >>
The definition of "death threat" continues to grow for Sheriff Joe Arpaio.The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested a Peoria man for making a "death threat" against Arpaio, by making a comment online about taking a $2 million bounty from Mexican drug cartels for Arpaio's head. The main problem, ... More >>
Above is a photo of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a 100-year-old member of Arpaio's volunteer "posse."According to a community newspaper, the man, Neal Coffman, "still performs radar duty, checking on vehicles, and reporting speeders to the Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies, who have the authority to issu ... More >>
An actual person has agreed to pay thousands of real, American dollars for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's (likely) smelly and dead-skin-encrusted arm sling.The buyer, retired California cop Buck Dikes, won the eBay auction with a $2,600 bid.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's boys found a guy on the Internet who said he "want[s]" to blow Arpaio's head off -- a "death threat," as Arpaio calls it.It was just the latest in a long line of questionable "death threats" against Arpaio, which never seem to put the elderly sheriff in any sort of danger.See al ... More >>
Deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office are taking a vacation tracking down a wanted man in Southern California this week, after yet another non-credible "death threat" was directed at Sheriff Joe Arpaio.It appears that saying you "want" to blow Arpaio's head off is the same thing as thre ... More >>
Note: Please see update on the charges against Simcox. He once handed Sheriff Joe Arpaio an award, lauding his work as an anti-illegal immigrant lawman. Now he sits in Arpaio's gray bar hotel, accused of child molestation. I'm talking about former minuteman leader, and one-time U.S. Senate hopefu ... More >>
Some disgusting human beings are bidding on a piece of used medical equipment that's covered in elderly Sheriff Joe Arpaio's dead skin cells.The eBay ad, which doesn't include Arpaio's jock strap as a free bonus, alleges that the money is going toward MCSO's MASH unit for abused animals.See also:Joe ... More >>
In this new video from videographer Dennis Gilman, Gilman calls Deputy County Attorney Tom Liddy on the spin that the MCSO racially profiled Latinos because that's what U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement taught the MCSO to do. Joe Arpaio Blames Feds for MCSO's Racial Profiling, and Why He's F ... More >>
Have you just been racially profiled by one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's boys (or girls) in beige? Did a Phoenix cop ask to see your driver's license -- while you were in the back seat of someone else's car?! See Also: Joe Arpaio B-Day Bomb: Judge Wants Monitor in Melendres Joe Arpaio and the MCSO Need ... More >>
Most of the media types in this town have no problem donning their kneepads for Sheriff Joe Arpaio. See Also: Joe Arpaio B-Day Bomb: Judge Wants Monitor in Melendres Al Sharpton: Joe Arpaio, "Arrogant," Racial Profiling a "National Disgrace" Joe Arpaio and the MCSO Need a Court-Appointed Babysitte ... More >>
For Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 81st birthday, he's not getting 81 whacks on the fanny from federal Judge G. Murray Snow. Rather, in a hearing today at the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse in downtown Phoenix, Snow signaled that he's inclined to give the aged autocrat something even less welcome, for t ... More >>
Phoenix videographer Dennis Gilman was on hand for the action outside the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Court, following Friday's hearing before federal Judge G. Murray Snow in the ACLU's big racial profiling case Melendres v. Arpaio. See Also: Joe Arpaio B-Day Bomb: Judge Wants Monitor in Melendres H ... More >>
He's raped public coffers, cost taxpayers tens of millions to pay for the lawsuits resulting from his malfeasance, swiped $100 million from voter protected funds for his pet projects, and now he wants the county to fork over more millions to appeal a federal judge's finding that his office has engag ... More >>
Does the Arizona Republic give a flip about these victims of Arpaio and Montgomery? Their loved ones were nabbed in a work site raid, not a sweep The gaggle of physics professors over at the Arizona Republic's editorial board have outdone themselves, this time with a solution to Sheriff Joe Arpaio' ... More >>
Dennis Gilman's latest: Beto Soto vs. the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors As we get closer to June 14 -- simultaneously Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 81st birthday and the date that parties in the racial profiling lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio are to appear before federal Judge G. Murray Snow -- the Mari ... More >>
Elderly Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio claims he's a victim of discrimination.Because of Arpaio's age, he's being targeted by MCSO deputies who are pulling over elderly drivers en masse. He's being grilled about his citizenship because of how his skin looks, and is being held by deputies longer ... More >>
As Sheriff Joe Arpaio's attorney plans to appeal federal Judge G. Murray Snow's ruling that found MCSO guilty of racial profiling, there are some questions you should be asking yourself as a Maricopa County taxpayer.Our colleague Stephen Lemons reported that the county's shelled out $1,025,241.46 fo ... More >>
A federal judge ruled last month that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was using racial profiling against Hispanics in Maricopa County. Many Phoenicians didn't need a judge to tell them that, but now it's at least been acknowledged by someone who has the power to demand change. On the heels of the decision came ... More >>
When you're the editorial board of the newspaper of record in a benighted patch of sand like Maricopa County, I suspect it's easy to fall prey to self-deception and confuse 20/20 hindsight with omniscience. See Also: Judge Snow's Decision Damns Not Just Arpaio, but All of Maricopa County Joe Arpaio ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio seemed bored today as he talked about a U.S. citizen caught with more than 50 pounds of meth."This is important right here," he said as he twiddled his thumbs and looked at the packages of meth, following up his statement with a long pause.See also:MCSO Suddenly Not Arresting "Ill ... More >>