America's Most Horrifying Sherriff

by HidingFromGoro

excerpts from a discussion about Joe Arpaio 

If you're lucky enough not to live in AZ like I do, you might not know about Joe Arpaio. He's the Maricopa County Sheriff signed a promise to serve only one term when he was elected in 1992. He's still the Sheriff. When it comes to drug warriors, this guy doesn't mess around. He's got a self-propelled howitzer with "Sheriff Arpaio's War on Drugs" painted on it, with some tasteful lightning bolts added for effect.

He'll kill your dog and burn your house down if you get in his way (while simultaneously crushing your neighbor's car with an armored personnel carrier).

He's got that tent jail in the desert, where you have to wear old-timey striped uniforms with pink underwear, eat substandard food, and work on chain gangs but at least he provides rebar for you (pdf) to make it easier for to beat other inmates to half to death. If you don't want to read the pdf, the gist of it he got fined over $600,000 because the rebar had been used as weapons before, and he still chose not to secure them from the inmates. The judge said "...among other things, the Sheriff and his deputies had actual knowledge that prisoners used rebar tent stakes and tent poles as weapons and did nothing to prevent it." Furthermore, "the Sheriff admitted knowing about, and in fact intentionally designing, some conditions at Tent City that created a substantial risk of inmate violence."

Your tent-mates are the least of your worries, however. Joe will beat you death even if you're blind (and destroy evidence in a cover-up attempt), although to be fair to Joe he really only beat that guy partway to death- he only died after being left unattended in a cell for 6 days from the perforated intestine and broken neck he got from the beating- last time he gets picked up for shoplifting.

Don't count on a wheelchair earning you any sympathy from America's Toughest Sheriff, either. If you go to jail as a paraplegic on a 1-gram marijuana possession charge and ask for a catheter to piss in, you might just leave as a quadruplegic after you get a 6-hour ride in a restraint chair followed by a guard breaking your neck.

Hey, at least the chair ride didn't kill him like it killed Scott Norberg, right? Well, it might not have been the chair- it could have been the stun guns or the towel shoved in his mouth. Joe Arpaio personally conducted an investigation of that incident and "surprisingly" found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the officers involved. The lawsuit found differently to the tune of $8 million, possibly because he got caught destroying evidence again. A man of principle, Joe publicly addressed Norberg's family and stated that he essentially got what he deserved because he was a drug addict and besides only bad people are in jail anyway.

Mentally-handicapped? Too bad, you might get killed in the chair too- on a loitering charge.

Hope you don't have diabetes, cause you might not get insulin even if you go and die on him, like Deborah did.

Yeah, Joe sure does love him some wrongful-death lawsuits, combined with all of his other suits, he's a defendant in almost fifteen hundred cases- if they all come to settlement, Maricopa taxpayers could pay up to $50 million.

Criticizing him in the newspapers or on the Web might get you locked up.

Smokin Joe and his deputies work hard outside of jail too, what with all the racial profiling and immigration crackdowns; so you know they play hard too- nothing takes the edge off like getting a happy ending from a hooker while on the clock. Oh, it was a "sting," and sure, 60 of the 70 cases got thrown out due to that gross misconduct, but hey, got to break some eggs you know.

My next Arpaio fun fact really stretches the imagination. He staged his own assassination attempt, involving blowing up his personal $70,000 armored vehicle with a pipe bomb. He created an elaborate sting culminating in a televised arrest of the "assassin," who was quickly released when courts saw that he had been entrapped and most of the plot was in fact fabricated by Arpaio.

But what would Joe be without a sidekick? Meet Andy Thomas, Joe's District Attorney who took a break from editing his own Wikipedia entry to prosecute a 16-year old boy (seeking a *ninety year* sentence- without parole) for showing a Playboy to some of his classmates. Oh, he was arrested in an early morning tactical raid and his family held at gunpoint; the family would go on to spend over $250,000 in legal fees and even when the child porn charges were thrown out he *still* tried to get the boy listed as a sex offender. Andy's other adventures include spending $2 million of taxpayer money on TV commercials about himself. Not campaign commercials, just pointless self-promotion commercials. He had a "crime-prevention book" published, which was also largely self-promotion and included portraits of himself in it. Looking at his wiki entry now, there are some curious edits which weren't there the last time I checked, so maybe he's had some down time lately to brush it up.

Let's hear Joe in his own words-

"I put women on chain gangs, and I'll be putting juveniles on chain gangs in a month or two... they like being on chain gangs."

"I spend $0.40 day on inmates, and $1.50 on dogs, the dogs get air conditioning."

Attention Joe Arpaio: I know how much time you spend searching for stories about yourself on the internet. I will post these facts in every discussion about you until the day you tie me to a chair and kill me.


Actually, looks it's been too long since I've updated the list- I'll need to include the 48 year old retarded woman who was locked without water in a metal punishment cage in the 105+ degree Arizona sun until she died. Alleged crime? Prostitution.

Joe Arpaio is in this documentary.

NWS- nudity, language, extreme violence.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio takes credit for many things where the credit is not his to take. It is time for some truth about the sheriff.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: The Sheriff claims he has a .50 caliber machine gun for use in shooting down terrorist aircraft or explosive laden tractor-trailer rigs. He also claims the machine gun is the only one owned by a U.S. law enforcement agency.

Truth: The part about the gun being the only one in U.S. law enforcement is probably true and for good reason. Other police chiefs and sheriffs realize that a .50 caliber machine gun is so powerful and so dangerous that it has no place in civilian police work. As to shooting down airplanes and destroying trucks loaded with explosives, how would Sheriff Sheriff Joe Arpaio know which ones to shoot at? It is highly unlikely that the terrorists would notify authorities when and where they are going to strike so the gun could be put in place. Also, Sheriff Joe Arpaio stated that, unlike the U.S. Air Force, he needs no presidential authority before shooting down airplanes.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: The Norberg wrongful death lawsuit was settled out of court for $8.25 million. Sheriff Sheriff Joe Arpaio has repeatedly claimed that this cost the taxpayers nothing since it was paid by an insurance company.

Truth: At the time of the settlement the county had a $1 million "deductible" on its coverage. The taxpayers had to pay the first $1,000,000 on this case and now the deductible has been raised to $5 million.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: He arrested Elvis Presley.

Truth: Actually, Sheriff Joe Arpaio sometimes claims to have arrested Elvis and other times he claims to have stopped him for a traffic violation. No police records nor Presley family records have ever surfaced to show any contact between Elvis and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: He invented the idea of housing prisoners in tents.

Truth: The Arizona Department of Corrections has used tents for decades. Facilities in other states also used tents before Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: He claims credit for feeding green bologna (surplus food) to inmates.

Truth: Jails and prisons here in Arizona and all over the county feed surplus food to inmates and have done so for many years.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: He was a Korean War veteran.

Truth: This one is tricky. He was in the Army during the Korean War but he never set foot there. His overseas assignment was in France.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: He is the "Toughest Sheriff in America".

Truth: This is a title he gave himself. During his years as sheriff he has not made even one arrest and, on those rare occasions where he was present when an arrest was necessary , others had to do it.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: He is the "Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the County" and has authority over all police departments and the DPS.

Truth: Another meaningless title. He has no authority over other police agencies.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: He broke the famous "French Connection."

Truth: The people really involved in this case never heard of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: He was involved in "numerous gun battels" and "weekly shootout" as a DEA agent.

Truth: Virtually no one in the police business believes these claims. There would be something desperately wrong with any police officer that gets into weekly shootout.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Wants people to think he created the posse program.

Truth: The modern day posse program dates back to the 1930s. These volunteer groups provide a wide range of important services to the county including search and rescue, enforcement support, and community crime prevention. Many of the posse members resent being used by Sheriff Joe Arpaio for publicity stunts like the "Van Buren Street Prostitution Patrol."

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Recidivism in the jails was reduced during his time as sheriff.

Truth: Sheriff Joe Arpaio spent $10,000 in taxpayer money to have Arizona State University study recidivism in the jail system. The result showed that there was no change in the rate at which inmates returned to jail. Sheriff Joe Arpaio immediately declared that ASU was wrong.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Prior to his election he declared that the sheriff should be an appointed position like that of chiefs of police and that he would only serve one term.

Truth: Within weeks of his election he "changed his mind" and announced he would run for another term.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: On the two occasions where he spent a night in the tent city jail he claimed that there were no special security arrangements to protect him.

Truth: The Sheriff's Office Tactical Operations Unit (SWAT TEAM) was on-duty, on overtime, all night, guarding him from a nearby building.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: He built the tent city jail because of overcrowding in the regular jails.

Truth: To insure there were enough inmates for the much publicized tent city jail he closed an entire floor of the First Avenue Jail.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: He has saved the taxpayers millions of dollars.

Truth: He has cost the taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees, lawsuits, attorneys fees, settlements, judgments, photographs of himself, videos of himself, and maintaining his personal public relations staff.

Here's a site where you can see more reasons why Joe's gotta go:


Joe Arpaio is directly and personally responsible for stillbirths and miscarriages; and the deaths, brain damage, and severe injuries of newborn babies. Women who go into labor while in his jail aren't allowed to hold or even see their babies after they're born, even the ones who survive.

Joe brags on TV that he only spends 40 cents a day on each inmate, and it's true; but only because in Arizona when you go to jail you have to pay the government $70 in rent for each day you spend in there. This is in addition to "fees & surcharges," and in addition to any fines or restitution.

You have to pay $70 a day to go to jail in Arizona.

Joe Arpaio's jail does not meet federal standards for accreditation by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. His NCCHC accreditation was revoked, which means that he is operating his jail in violation of state law and health department guidelines. Arizona does not provide a remedy or punishment if and when these laws are broken, so Joe just gets away with it.

Joe Arpaio posted:
Well, if you don’t like it…. then don’t come back. And quit your complaining. Our military men and women fighting for you in Iraq and Afghanistan live in tents hotter than these….so shut your mouths.

During a time period where there were 12 unsolved execution-style murders, Joe Arpaio pulled over 350 deputies off of investigative work and used them for the prostitute thing- and remember the cases all had to be dismissed because even the corrupt prosecutor Andy Thomas couldn't hide all of the misconduct (including criminal activity by the deputies) in that case.

Joe Arpaio has an executive & PR staff more than twice as large the one for Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept (biggest dept in the US). It is thought to be the largest such staff of any police agency in the country, but it's hard to tell since they get shuffled around so much and there are a lot of temp assignments.

They turned off the AC as punishment and Lance Hawthorne died of heat exhaustion. His body temperature was measured at 109 degrees shortly after his death. Who would put a 314lb guy with a known and documented heart condition in a cell with no AC in AZ? Joe Arpaio, that's who.

Almost every police association in Arizona has issued a vote of "no confidence" in Joe Arpaio.

Joe Arpaio's jail staff put a blanket over the head of Juan Mendoza Farias and beat him to death. Most of it was on videotape, but the footage immediately preceding his death and 40min after went "missing." Witnesses say that the staff members were high-fiving and congratulating each other (but only after the first of the three beatings, not the second or fatal third one).

Damon Dreckmer has Crohn's disease, but Joe felt that his $4/day medication was too expensive, so he suffered many painful episodes. One time four pints of blood poured out of his mouth and rectum he had to go and get 2 surgeries. He was in on a 111-day sentence for using a fake driver license.

Expendable Henchman posted:
wait, so 12 people got mysteriously executed in joe's jail and no one bats an eye? Everyone in Phoenix and surrounding areas except illegal immigrants should be murdered.

No the 12 execution style murders were of Phoenix residents. None of which, by the way, have been solved to date. Besides, 12 people dying in the jail would be a slow year- by Joe Arpaio's own accounting, at least 117 people have been killed in his jail, many of them either retarded or suffering from severe menal illness.

Arpaio has a reality show on Fox called "Smile You're Under Arrest." The premise of the show is to use big-breasted women and promises of a $300 prize to get people with nonviolent warrants to show up at a nightclub taken over by Joe for this purpose, and filled with paid actors and undercover cops (all at county expense). Then they have to participate- on national television- in either a fashion show or a dancing contest. Joe hides behind a curtain or under a covered table during all this; and after the fashion show or dancing contest is over, he jumps out and arrests them. Meanwhile over 40,000 felony warrants, many of them for rape or murder, go unserved and the homicide rate has jumped 167%. I'm not making this shit up.

Maricopa County has many times more federal prison condition lawsuits than New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston combined.

In the last 5 years alone, Maricopa County taxpayers have had to pay over thirty MILLION bucks to settle prisoner abuse, excessive force, wrongful death lawsuits.


redscare posted:
Maricopa County should be nuked

Yeah we don't mess around out here in the wild west.

The sheriffs rolled up- in an APC- to this dude's house without being marked as law enforcement and started suiting up in their armor in his yard, he watched out the window them thinking it was a prank on his neighbor. Imagine his surprise when they fired gas grenades through the window which burned it to the ground! Then they drag the owners outside and hold them hogtied with submachine guns to their heads while they "neutralize" their puppy (shooting a fire extinguisher in its face), chase it back into the fire where it burns to death, and make fun of the woman for crying about it.

"As they're hog-tying me, they have the nerve and the audacity to laugh at me and say, `Did you hear that dog screaming upstairs?'" Kush told Channel 3. "I don't know how they have the audacity and the heart to say something like that."


"I took a picture of (Golden) with a shovel holding the dog's head," Delfino says.

In the meantime, they forgot to put the brake on the tank so it rolled down the street and crushed another woman's car. The puppy's corpse rotted for days in the ashes, because they never went back to clean up any of the mess.

All of this happens in a densely-populated neighborhood as children look on.

"All of a sudden, I saw my car jump back three feet and the tank land on top of it," she says.

They thought the owners had illegal guns and "cop-killer" bullets inside, which was the reason for the raid, but when there weren't any the arrested one of the owners for outstanding traffic citations so as not to leave empty-handed.

"They said I was upstairs in the attic burning all these missing guns," Kush told Channel 3. "Why would I burn myself in my own house?"

Oh and

Arpaio's Ahwatukee assault should have drawn banner headlines in the daily newspapers. But the Arizona Republic, where Arpaio's son-in-law, Phil Boas, serves as deputy editor of the editorial pages, buried the story in a community section.

You can't make this stuff up.

I've taken more than one ass-whipping by a uniformed officer and I'd gladly take another if it meant that Joe Arpaio finally got some accountability.

The joke would be on me though, because nothing would change plus I don't have medical insurance so I'd either need to go back to the same girl who lives bout an hour away who almost finished nursing school that helped me out with my last semi-major injury (really big & bad laceration which I'm still home treating) or just roll to the ER and bankrupt my entire family. Plus I'm a single parent so if a cop puts me out of work for more than a couple weeks then we starve and I'll be damned if Joe Arpaio is going to take food out of my baby's mouth.

What I will do though is show protesters beforehand how to mitigate the effects of pepper gas, what tactics the disturbance-control cops will use, and what to wear to mitigate tasers. Keep in mind that this is a very risky idea because the second those things don't work all those guys have real guns and have been itching to use them for a really long time.

But that is NOT the way to beat Joe Arpaio!
The way to beat Joe is to use his own tactics against him. The way to beat him is to find an older white man and run him against Joe, using the meme of "smart on crime" instead of "tough on crime." Voters need to feel like they're tougher but more powerful than that is being smarter. Use the ARE TAX MONEY against him- the candidate should say "look at at all the tax money spent on wrongful death lawsuits- I'm not going soft on criminals I'm just playing their game by not killing them so they can't cost you tax money." He can say "look I'm punishing employers b/c that's what brings the illegals in- and I'm making them pay above table b/c you don't like the illegals clogging up are emergency rooms do you?"

These retired fucks who vote down here need to be reached on their level- that's why Joe wins in a landslide every time. Reprehensible though his views may be, they need to be used to oust him. It will take a couple Sheriffs before we get to someone truly compassionate but this is the only way to go, otherwise whoever succeeds Joe will be even worse.

People here know that killing pretrial detainees is wrong, but voters don't think so, so frame it as a waste of tax money. People here know sweeping areas for Mexicans is wrong, so frame it as a way to prevent employers from getting "something for nothing" which is the main thing the right hates- look at the meme of "welfare queens." Framed that way the right folks actually get punished- the fucks who think it's OK to pay someone less than minimum wage ad treat them like shit because they're brown.