| Arpaio |

Phoenix Man Threatens to Kill Joe Arpaio Because He's a "Racist F***ing Sheriff"

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

"My name is Raul and I'm going to kill your racist fucking Sheriff because he is a racist."

That's what 36-year-old Raul Rentiera Rivera told the Phoenix police dispatcher when he twice called 9-1-1 last Friday.

That's not what got Rivera arrested, though -- he was taken into custody only after he made similar threats when he was stopped for aggravated DUI -- blowing a cool .225 BAC -- and resisting arrest on Sunday afternoon in downtown Phoenix.

When asked about the death threat at a press conference this afternoon, Arpaio laughed and asked "which one ya talking about?"

Arpaio says he'd heard about the threat but determined it to be less serious than other threats he's received recently. He says the MCSO will discuss those threats sometime in the near future.

Rivera was booked into 4th Avenue Jail on two counts of threatening and intimidating the Sheriff, and one count of aggravated DUI and  resisting arrest. Threatening and intimidating are class one misdemeanors.

James King contributed to this report.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.