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Should Investigating Empty Threats on the Internet Be a Top Priority for the MCSO?



Yet again, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has saved the world from angry people with keyboards.

In this week's case, it was a New York man obsessed with Jodi Arias who allegedly threatened two TV news personalities, neither of whom live in Arizona, let alone Maricopa County.

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The case is similar to several of the purported "death threats" against Arpaio -- someone says something stupid on the Internet, then MCSO detectives take a vacation do very important police work in another state for a while, before coming back with . . . not much.

For example, there's an arrest warrant out for 22-year-old Culver City, California, resident Caesar David Nunez, for allegedly posting to Twitter, "I want to personally blow Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's head off."

On another occasion, deputies went after a Scottsdale resident who said he would kill Arpaio, in a post made on an anti-Arpaio Facebook page.

Here's our question this morning: Should trolling the Internet for empty threats remain a top priority for Arpaio's boys?

Cast your vote below:


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