But once again, the local fourth estate rolled over for these lame, prepackaged stories, the first involving a Thursday raid on the residence of a 67 year-old Cave Creek cat hoarder (alleged), whom the tough guys at the MCSO arrested.
The second tale involved three, count 'em, three separate death threats against Joe: one supposedly from some dude in Mesa, another allegedly from a California guy, and, lastly, from some crank in Canada who allegedly has made eight, meaningless online threats against Arpaio over the years.
The most recent one from the Canada fellow claims he's going to blow up the sheriff's headquarters at 550 West Jackson Street "into a million pieces" if anyone intervenes in the plot to off Joe.
The press release for this ridiculousness has Arpaio contemplating extraditing the Canadian hoser to the U.S. so he can "face serious criminal charges."
Arpaio flunky and MCSO detective Brian Mackiewicz, is quoted as stating that, "It's a bit of a mystery as to why three death threats against the Sheriff have been lodged in such a short expanse of time."
Actually, there's no mystery, Brian. A real police agency would not do a press release every time its head honcho got a vain threat from some nutjob. No, a real police agency would investigate the threats first, duh.
But doing that would not serve to deflect the media from Arpaio and his Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan's doing an about-face and stating in a federal court filing in the ACLU's big racial profiling case Melendres v. Arpaio, that they, "consent to a finding of civil contempt against them and the imposition of remedies designed to address their conduct."
Translation: "Please spank us, fine us, whatever, just don't make us go through a four day hearing before federal Judge G. Murray Snow in April, which could result in a criminal contempt referral being made to the U.S. Attorney's Office."