April 14, 2008
Phoenix Mayor Asks FBI to Check Sheriff Arpaio
Phoenix Mayor Asks FBI to Check Sheriff
The mayor wants the FBI to investigate whether the local county sheriff has violated any civil rights laws with his recent high-profile crackdowns on illegal immigrants.
The "saturation patrols" have drawn protests from civil rights and immigrant-rights advocates, but they have drawn support from backers of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and from people who believe the government hasn't done enough against illegal immigration.
In an April 4 letter to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Mayor Phil Gordon asked the agency and the Justice Department's civil rights division to examine what he called discriminatory harassment and improper stops, searches, and arrests by sheriff's deputies in Maricopa County, which encompasses the metropolitan area.
"Over the past few weeks, Sheriff Arpaio's actions have infringed on the civil rights of our residents," Gordon wrote. "They have put our residents' well-being, and the well-being of law enforcement officers, at risk."
Justice Department officials said they would review Gordon's letter but declined to comment further.
Arpaio said it's ironic that Gordon wrote the letter the same day U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials observed his deputies arresting residents and illegal immigrants in the town of Guadalupe and approved of the sheriff's work.
"I think the mayor is disconnected from the people he represents and he doesn't get the point," Arpaio said Saturday. "Now he's going to Washington to confuse the issue and try to get the public against me."
The mayor "is degrading my office and my deputies by insinuating that they're violating all these civil laws. We don't profile," the sheriff said.
In the past month, sheriff's deputies and trained volunteers have gone into neighborhoods with large Hispanic populations, stopping people for routine traffic violations and asking some of them about their immigration status. Dozens of illegal immigrants have been detained.
ICE officials say Arpaio is not violating the formal agreement he has with their office that allows sheriff's deputies to enforce immigration laws.
Last week, the Arizona Ecumenical Council and American Jewish Committee issued a joint letter saying the patrols "evoked a 'police state' atmosphere" and led to "detainment on the basis of a racial profile and dehumanization of innocent people."
They were joined Friday by the Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, which echoed calls for a Justice Department investigation.
Wild Thing's comment........
This idiot mayor wants the Sheriff to stop arresting ILLEGALS! The lib mayor can pound sand. Joe is my hero.
Look at this I found searching for more on him in Google:
Here is some more about Sheriff Joe!
Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over , and the County Supervisors said okay. The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who'd like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows. The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million.
The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.
The rest of the country should take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas.
He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand. He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 - $8 for the Holidays, and plant it later
He was reelected last year with 83% of the vote.
Now he's in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural, that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn't doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border.
He's kind of a 'Git-R Dun' kind of Sheriff. He created the 'Tent City Jail': He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.
He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away their weights Cut off al l but 'G' movies. He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects. Then He Started Chain Gangs For Women So He Wouldn't Get Sued For Discrimination. He took away cable TV Until he found out there was A Federal Court Order that Required Cable TV For Jails So He Hooked Up The Cable TV Again Only Let In The Disney Channel And The Weather Channel.
When asked why the weather channel He replied, So They Will Know How Hot It's Gonna Be While They Are Working ON My Chain Gangs.
He Cut Off Coffee Since It Has Zero Nutritional Value. When the inmates complained, he told them, 'This Isn't The Ritz/Carlton.....If You Don't Like It, Don't Come Back.'
He bought Newt Gingrich's lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails.
When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place. (now that's hilarious because there is so much truth to it!)
With Temperatures Being Even Hotter Than Usual In Phoenix (116 Degrees Just Set A New Record), the Associated Press Reports: About 2,000 Inmates Living In A Barbed-Wire-Surrounded Tent Encampment At The Maricopa County Jail Have Been Given Permission To Strip Down To Their Government-Issued Pink Boxer Shorts.
On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 Degrees inside the week before. Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their PINK SOCKS. 'It Feels Like We Are In A Furnace,' Said James Zanzot, An Inmate Who Has Lived In The TENTS for 1 year. 'It's Inhumane.'
Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic.
He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: 'It's 120 Degrees In Iraq And Our Soldiers Are Living In Tents Too, And They Have To Wear Full Battle Gear, But They Didn't Commit Any Crimes, So Shut Your Damned Mouths!'
Way To Go, Sheriff! Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes - not live in luxury until it's time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can't afford to have for themselves.
Sheriff Joe was just reelected Sheriff in Maricopa County , Arizona. On the news (December 11, 2007) Sheriff Joe has instituted another Road Gang for DUI Offenders. They will clean up around Phoenix and wear a pink shirt with a sign on the back that says 'Cleaning and Sober' and striped prison pants. What a guy. You just gotta love him. ( If not, ya "just might be part of the problem")
....Thank you Les for sending the article to me.
Posted by Wild Thing at April 14, 2008 03:55 AM
Gee--now why would the Mayor be against someone who saves him money? He MUST be out of his freakin' mind!!! Arpaio knows how to do his job well and look at the benefits for those who understand and do what's expected of them? They get rewarded by being able to get out of there and get some fresh air and exercise.
But those who don't are complaining how inhumane he is? Well, fix the problem then. Don't go whining to the Mayor--figure out how to get one of those cushy jobs on your own!
Posted by: Lynn at April 14, 2008 05:00 AM
I hope the citizens of Phoenix are having a recalling this Mayor. Of course he's a Democrat. You would think the people of Phoenix would know better, but then McCain is from Arizona too.
Posted by: BobF at April 14, 2008 07:28 AM
Thanks WT and Les. Sheriff Arpaio is enforcing the laws of the land, as controversial as he is he follows the law. It amuses me that the Associated Press artfully ommited the facts. The former city councilman was elected mayor in the non-partisan mayoral race on September 9, 2003, garnering 72 percent of the vote, and re-elected on September 11, 2007, with 76 percent of the vote. That this means that Gordon and his actions reveals the city of Phoenix is liberal as well as a sanctuary for the criminal invasion. That non-partisan handle obscures the fact that Mayor Phil Gordon is a Democratic party politician. Don't overlook the Democrat tactic of demonizing the good sheriff and leveling of federal charges against the one American who stands up for our nations sovereignty, this is the same tact taken by the slime best known as the Clintons. We sure as hell can't rely on the GOP either, whether that be John McCain or George Bush. Just sick the dogs on the opponent, this is no different than Janet Reno's egregious attack on Waco citizens or Jorge's salting away Compean and Ramos on trumpted up charges. Oregon has a similar bleeding heart liberal problem with a two year old anchor baby. Deport the kid to relatives in Mexico, once the parents and grand parents get out of US jails then deport them too.
Posted by: Jack at April 14, 2008 12:07 PM
Lynn it is so weird. Maybe the Mayor is jealous since he is not the good guy that is getting things accomplished.
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 14, 2008 12:14 PM
Bob, yes, and I sure hope the people in Phoenix let their voices be heard how much they appreciate the Sheriff.
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 14, 2008 12:16 PM
Jack, exaxctly thank you.
It really ticks me off. Here there is someone that all of us would love for our Sheriff in our own cities and towns and of course the left goes after him. It makes me sick.
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 14, 2008 12:19 PM
Yeah, god forbid, somebody actually enforce the laws. You'd think that is what they were written for. Pity they can't recall the Mayor and fire him on the spot.
Posted by: Mark at April 14, 2008 02:00 PM
Mark that would be perfect.
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 14, 2008 03:54 PM
Where did this Mayor get his training? Where did he come from? This behavior just rings of Gay Bay (San Fran)
Posted by: Steve, Code Camo at April 14, 2008 09:20 PM
In a perfect world, McCain would announce that he would nominate Sheriff Joe for the Attorney General or head of Homeland Security.
It would be a landslide victory.
Would save us billions in taxes too.
Hell, while I'm dreaming, Bolton for VP!
Posted by: navycopjoe at April 14, 2008 09:23 PM
Steve, Code Camo, I have no idea about his training or much more about him other then what he has done since Sheriff. I sure would want him in my Foxhole if I was in battle.
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 14, 2008 11:54 PM
Hi navycopjoe, good to see you. I LOVE your suggestion and I agree, that would be a perfect world for sure.
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 14, 2008 11:57 PM
Sheriff Jor Arpaio for PRESIDENT and Buford T. Justice for VP! Bad guys wear pink... and so do sissies in San Fransicko? "Protect our nation against ALL enemies FOREIGN and DOMESTIC... so help me GOD!" I will vote for McCain because he's the lesser of three stooges! MOE over Larry & Curly? Where's SHEMP?
Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at April 15, 2008 03:51 AM
Darth, yes it would be so great to have a Sheriff Joe for President.
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 15, 2008 11:14 AM
I have a question for you. Are you an American Indian? Because if you are not could be shocking for you to know that you come from illegal immigrants as well, the only diference is that your family came here first. That doesn't make this country yours. Mexicans are blood connected with the roots of this country, they have more right to be here that you 9who probably comes from drunken irish, english thieves or racist germans, maybe something worst)
Posted by: Jason at April 15, 2008 11:49 PM
Jason and the Liberal Nuts... No doubt you're attending a flunky North Filthadelphia 'pub lick
skoole' because in your posting you write, and I quote your liberal *ss:
"... Because if you are not could be shocking for you?"
Too much fire water keemosaabie?
I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN - GERMAN - NEOCON that was baptized by Uncle Czar Nicholas in a vodka baptismal fountain... head down! Cheers
Jason and ditch that ice-hockey mask and machete, eh.... BOOO!
Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at April 17, 2008 02:03 AM