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Joe Arpaio Wants a "Patriotic Theme" at Jails; He Should Consider a Copy of the Constitution

In Sheriff Joe Arpaio's latest attempt for publicity, he announced that he wants a "patriotic theme" at the county jails.

Arpaio's putting American flags in all the jail cells and hosting sing-alongs of "God Bless America," which supposedly show his patriotism. Interestingly, there's no mention in Arpaio's press release of putting a copy of the U.S. Constitution (the document Arpaio and his office have violated) in his office.

Loving the Constitution is patriotic, right?

Specifically, Arpaio's office could use lists of the amendments to that Constitution, more specifically, the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, which were violated by MCSO, according to federal Judge G. Murray Snow's ruling in the civil rights case, Melendres v. Arpaio.

Instead, they're putting American flags in jail cells and feeding bread and water to any inmate caught defacing the flag.

Not violating the Constitution sounds a little more patriotic, doesn't it?

We were thinking Arpaio's office should be redecorated with some Constitution wallpaper, like Saul Goodman's office in Breaking Bad:

Thanks to Arpaio and MCSO's violations of that Constitution, that ongoing federal lawsuit bound to cost the taxpayers millions has led Judge Snow to permanently enjoin MCSO from:

1. Detaining, holding or arresting Latino occupants of vehicles in Maricopa County based on a reasonable belief, without more, that such persons are in the country without authorization.
2. Following or enforcing its LEAR policy against any Latino occupant of a vehicle in Maricopa County.
3. Using race or Latino ancestry as a factor in determining to stop any vehicle in Maricopa County with a Latino occupant.
4. Using race or Latino ancestry as a factor in making law enforcement decisions with respect to whether any Latino occupant of a vehicle in Maricopa County may be in the country without authorization.
5. Detaining Latino occupants of vehicles stopped for traffic violations for a period longer than reasonably necessary to resolve the traffic violation in the absence of reasonable suspicion that any of them have committed or are committing a violation of federal or state criminal law.
6. Detaining, holding or arresting Latino occupants of a vehicle in Maricopa County for violations of the Arizona Human Smuggling Act without a reasonable basis for believing that, under all the circumstances, the necessary elements of the crime are present.
7. Detaining, arresting or holding persons based on a reasonable suspicion that they are conspiring with their employer to violate the Arizona Employer Sanctions Act.

American flags in jail cells just ain't gonna cut it on the patriotism scale.

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