Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio's Ex-Deputy Chief Brian Sands Dishes Dirt on Steven Seagal, Birthers, and More in Arpaio De Facto Lawman

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When Sands retired, some law enforcement insiders speculated that Arpaio blamed Sands for the Melendres loss, since Sands organized Arpaio's infamous Hispanic-hunting sweeps.

However, in this mini-memoir, published on August 6, Sands claims Arpaio wanted him to stay on.

See also: -Joe Arpaio's (ahem) Legal Scholar Brett "Shut Up" Palmer and Flunky Brian Sands Under Oath

The deputy chief refused to do so, he says, because the sheriff's office was in such a "shambles," and a state of "constant managed chaos and damage control."

Um, as opposed to when, exactly?

Actually, throughout the book, Sands describes a dysfunctional law enforcement agency where PR flacks make law enforcement decisions, aged action heroes are granted carte blanche, and operations are organized primarily for the head honcho's self-aggrandizement.

Arpaio is depicted both as a narcissist obsessed with publicity to the exclusion of all else (surprise, surprise), and an artifact of another era in law enforcement, one unconcerned about such niceties as "probable cause," which Sands claims he's had to explain to the sheriff more than once.

Sands describes Arpaio as an "aficionado of procuring controversy," someone who could "develop anything into a press release."

Sands writes, "Everything with Arpaio has to have something to do with him directly or he is completely apathetic."

Hey, that's a shocker.

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