Feathered Bastard

Deputy's Death Opens the Door Onto a World of Corruption in Sheriff Joe's MCSO

If there never had been a monitor appointed by Judge G. Murray Snow in the ACLU's big civil rights case, Melendres v. Arpaio, it's unlikely that we would know as much as we do about late MCSO Detective Ramon Charley Armendariz.

And yet, Armendariz, who the Sheriff's Office says took his own life by hanging May 8, remains a riddle, even as he points in death toward a panoply of grotesque corruption.

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