Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a press conference for his school-patrol posse.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a press conference for his school-patrol posse.
Photo by Matthew Hendley

Joe Arpaio Touts Arrest of 10-Year-Old in Guadalupe, and Posse's Non-Existent Role

A 10-year-old 5th-grader at Guadalupe's Frank Elementary learned a valuable lesson about "snitches" on Tuesday.

See, the boy had enlisted help in stabbing one of his classmates for "snitching," but the classmates ended up ratting him out to the teacher, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. He also learned how to become a pawn for Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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To be clear, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's not really trying to hide that he's using this incident as a publicity stunt to get back at Guadalupe town Councilman Andrew Sanchez, because Sanchez said he didn't want Arpaio's school-patrol posse near the town's schools.

"This comes just weeks after Town Councilmen [sic], Andrew Sanchez, denounced Sheriff Arpaio for a 'publicity stunt' aimed at school safety and the Sheriff's School Posse Program," an Arpaio press release says.

Also from that press release:

The Sheriff intended these patrols to be temporary until the local or federal government can fix the serious issue of school violence. However Guadalupe Town Councilmen Andrew Sanchez disagreed asking The Sheriff to "refrain from sending posse into Guadalupe" because they are under qualified and it harasses Guadalupe residents and its students. Despite the councilman's request, Sheriff Arpaio ordered his posse to continue patrolling in Guadalupe.

That's pretty much what Sanchez said.

"We are paying him to have certified deputies here, not to bring a circus and not to use our town as a political platform," Sanchez told the Associated Press earlier this month.

In response to that, Arpaio seemed a bit pissed at Sanchez's comments at a press conference a few weeks ago.

"Nobody wants to be the police department in Guadalupe," Arpaio said.

The town contracts MCSO to do its policing, since it doesn't have its own police force.

Still, Arpaio touts the role his posse played in this whole event, which was nothing.

"[It's] cases like this where my posse could have been a first responder had something tragic occurred, but thankfully didn't," Arpaio says in his press release.

The problem is, the posse-person was just roaming around the school during all of this.

According to MCSO, the 10-year-old boy admitted to detectives that he brought a knife to school on Tuesday, with the intention of stabbing his classmate. He said he was going to wear a beanie -- which detectives found in the boy's backpack, along with the knife -- to disguise his face while he stabbed the kid.

In the end, though, he tried to get help from his classmates, and they ratted him out to the teacher.

The kid was booked into juvie on three charges.


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