Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio's Deputies: Can They Chew Gum and Drive at the Same Time?

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 MCSO's latest filings in the ACLU's racial profiling lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio, which Arpaio lost, big time, in May, when federal Judge G. Murray Snow found Arpaio's agency guilty of prejudiced policing toward Latinos and ordered it to stop.

Problem is, Arpaio and his flunkies have yet to get it it through their thick skulls that they've been a bad sheriff's office and will have to do what Judge Snow says in regard to enforcing his final order, like, accepting a court-appointed monitor.

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