Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Failed To Investigate Over 400 Sex Crimes, Including Molestations Of Undocumented Children

This bozo spends more time investigating the POTUS’ birth certificate (at Rick Perry’s request via Donald Trump) and less time doing his real job…

Think Progress

Arizona’s infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R) spends a lot of time playing politics and apparently no time doing his actual job. The AP reports that, over a three-year period ending in 2007, Arpaio “inadequately investigated” or in some instances didn’t even work more than 400 sex-crimes reported to his office. The cases “include dozens of alleged child molestations.”

In El Mirage, Arizona, where Arpaio provided contract services, he failed to follow through on at least 32 reported child molestations — with some victims as young as 2. Many of the children were undocumented immigrants. According to an El Mirage detective, Arpaio’s people essentially “put their feet on the desk, and that was that”:

In El Mirage alone, where Arpaio’s office was providing contract police services, officials discovered at least 32 reported child molestations — with victims as young as 2 — in which the sheriff’s office failed to follow through, even though suspects were known in all but six cases. […]

El Mirage Detective Jerry Laird, who reviewed some the investigations, learned from a summary of 50 to 75 cases files he picked up from Arpaio’s office that an overwhelming majority of them hadn’t been worked. That meant there were no follow-up reports, no collection of additional forensic evidence and zero effort made after the initial report of the crime was taken.

“I think that at some point prior to the contract [for police services] running out, they put their feet on the desk, and that was that,” Laird said.

Arpaio refused to answer questions for months and “declined a public records request for an internal affairs report, citing potential disciplinary actions.” He acknowledged his office completed an internal probe into the investigations, but said, “I don’t think it’s right to get into it until we get to the bottom of this and see if there’s disciplinary action against any employees.”

AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio Takes .50 Caliber Machine Gun To Desert, Looking for Undocumented

Could some secret experiment from the CIA or possibly aliens from outer space have been the cause of the batshit crazy reaction that conservatives/Republicans are having over race and immigration in this country? 

What else can explain this 360 degree about turn back into the 1950’s? 

Phoenix New Times

This just in: MCSO’s fearless leader Sheriff Joe is heading into the desert today to hunt for illegal aliens in the oven-like temperatures. And he’s breaking out the big guns, or at least one of them — a .50 caliber machine gun, in case they run into any of them-thar narco-terrorists.

His latest media advisory, which asks that this info be embargoed till 5 p.m., states that the sheriff’s office “will be launching a crime suppression/saturation operation this afternoon in a desolate desert corridor south of Gila Bend.”

“Desolate desert corridor”? That’s straight out of an episode of Scooby-Doo. Or it would be, were Arpaio not rolling out everything but his tank. (Whatever happened to that, BTW?) Maybe it’s too hot for the tank.

The embargoed release states: “The Sheriff has also ordered the deployment of his .50 caliber machine gun as a precautionary measure based on recent reports of heavily armed human and drug traffickers.”

Shucks, this is starting to sound like neo-Nazi J.T. Ready’s Vekol Valley patrol. Maybe the sheriff could give J.T. a call and ask him to lend a hand.

BTW, when Arpaio announces a “crime suppression” operation, he means a Hispanic-hunting sweep, where people are pulled over for broken tail lights and such so MCSO deputies can try to suss if they’re undocumented or not.

Hopefully, Arpaio won’t need to unleash the machine gun on some of those deadly scofflaws.

The media is invited to share the sheriff’s command post, which will be at “the end of Butterfield Trail near Gila bend south of Interstate 8 as it turns into the desert.”

Would love to make it, but he almost never lets me into his press conferences anyway. Plus, watching Arpaio’s hair wilt in the 111 degree heat while he stands next to a machine gun is not my idea of a story.

Update: You can read the press release for the operation, here. (This one was sent out after my blog post.) They were in the Vekol Valley. You know, just like the neo-Nazis. According to a KPHO report, the 100 posse members and deputies had collared only 11 people by night’s end.