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  1. wanderlust
    wanderlust February 1, 2008 at 3:50 pm |

    I JUST read this on the Yahoo! home page and was hoping someone would weigh-in on it. Thank You!!!

  2. wanderlust
    wanderlust February 1, 2008 at 3:52 pm |

    Oh! And did you catch the bit about warning women not to drive drunk because if caught they will be put on a chain-gang and “horizontal stripes makes you look fat” – douchebag.

  3. Raznor
    Raznor February 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm |

    Doesn’t wild wild west justice include being publicly hanged for stealing a horse? Does anybody actually want that?

  4. Caroline
    Caroline February 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm |

    Oh Lord. I thought it might be Sheriff Hege from Lexington, NC. He did the whole pink jail thing too.

  5. Linnaeus
    Linnaeus February 1, 2008 at 4:59 pm |

    I was in Phoenix a few years back, and while getting a ride to my hotel on the airport shuttle, I remember talking with a man who remarked on Arpaio’s methods and approved of them. Me and the driver of the shuttle van were trying to point out some of the problems with this, and the man’s response was, “But he’s efficient!”

  6. Jenny Dreadful
    Jenny Dreadful February 1, 2008 at 5:25 pm |

    I live in Phoenix, and there have been many efforts to recall or dethrone Arpaio, but his dirty tactics keep the effort from gaining momentum. The recall office was broken into, for example, and all of the computers’ hardrives were stolen. No one was ever apprehended.

    Anyone who’s interested should do some Googling and read what he did to his opponent a few years back, Dan Saban. It’s terrible.

    The female chain gangs have worse to worry about than “looking fat” of course. I’ve read accounts from women who’ve miscarried in the jails and were laughed at by the guards. Arpaio is a sick, sick man, but his machine is so corrupt and so powerful that defeating him is is an extremely daunting task. Anyone who opposes him will end up in his sights, and their lives will become a living Hell.

  7. Jenny Dreadful
    Jenny Dreadful February 1, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  8. Jenny Dreadful
    Jenny Dreadful February 1, 2008 at 5:46 pm |

    A few years back, Arpaio’s officers went undercover in order to arrest several prostitutes. They solicted the women for sex, but they also got naked with them, engaged in sexual contact with them, AND THEN TRIED TO CHARGE THEM. Essentially, they “used” the prostitutes, which is illegal, and then tried to bust them! He went on the O’Reilly factor after the incident, and EVEN BILL O’REILLY WAS DISGUSTED by his vehement defense of the officers’ actions.

    This man is disgusting beyond words.

  9. L. Mac
    L. Mac February 1, 2008 at 11:11 pm |

    You are a little late on this story, but I’m glad people around the country are beginning to see what is happening in Maricopa County. He also sells his pink underwear at the infamous “Pink Taco” restaurant in Scottsdale. People should be less concerned about civil rights violations that are being committed when it comes to how he dresses inmates, and more concerned with the over 300 court cases filed against him for mistreatment, including inmates dying at the hands of prison guards. He is cutting back visiting hours at the jails because of a budget shortage, while he uses taxpayers’ money to fight the lawsuits. I know of one illegal immigrant who, before being tricked into signing something which had her deported (despite having grown up in Arizona and having scholarships to college), suffered through her period for four days in a jail cell with no hygiene products, no blankets or bed, with over 30 other women. He is a terribly racist man running machine politics in the modern age.

  10. Rika
    Rika February 2, 2008 at 12:53 am |

    “Ugh, I missed that. Like who cares if you look fat in jail?”

    Yeah really. I unfortunately had to spend 2 and a half days in jail (The judge was on vacation). I had no shampoo or deodorant, I was wearing a ugly baggy orange outfit, and I had no privacy when I used the toilet. I didn’t look or smell great, and I really didn’t give a care. You just don’t care about those things when you’re in jail. So I seriously doubt that any man in jail would be “humiliated” because they had to wear pink underwear.

    Though I wonder why they would want to steal the underwear in the first place.

  11. QueenFrostine
    QueenFrostine February 2, 2008 at 3:56 am |

    He’s being sued by New Times (a local alternative paper) because he arrested the owners after they wrote an expose on him. There were more shady details that I don’t remember offhand, but I’m pretty sure that a criminal investigation was at least opened on him. The real problem is that the mainstream local media is really easy on him and approving- insisting that he’s a necessary “maverick” who can really take the law in his own hands, and show those bad guys their place. The only regular citizens who actually like him are the minutemen types and the Ron Paul drones. Unfortunately there are way too many of those in the East Valley.

  12. AJ
    AJ February 2, 2008 at 8:37 am |

    That dude sounds like a total ass.

    The pink underwear thing reminds me of when I worked at GE. All of the big, upright, oscillating fans on the shop floor were painted pink. I guess the fans would get stolen quite frequently, until somebody painted them pink, and nobody has stolen a fan since.

  13. Kathygnome
    Kathygnome February 2, 2008 at 3:02 pm |

    I seem to remember that they did a study of outcomes and he actually has more repeat offenders than average.

  14. Marksman2000
    Marksman2000 February 2, 2008 at 9:33 pm |

    Doesn’t surprise me.

    I’ve never met a cop who wasn’t crooked.

  15. Kay Olson
    Kay Olson February 3, 2008 at 8:34 pm |

    Also, his tent city jails where inmates are living in tents outdoors in the Arizona heat include many unconvicted people held because they cannot afford bail. Not that treating convicted inmates to the Arizona heat is acceptable (daily, for months on end, it is hot enough to cause heat stroke), but as I recall from my time living in the Valley, Arpaio’s influence runs so deep that the MSM doesn’t talk about how anyone who is simply arrested and unable to put up money for bail is subject to his inhumane and obnoxious schemes.

  16. Em
    Em February 4, 2008 at 9:54 am |

    I sorta think the bologna sandwiches would not be the worst of it. If he were really sadistic, he’d make them eat gruel.

  17. Feministe » Framing
    Feministe » Framing February 7, 2008 at 6:09 pm |

    […] W. Bush dressing up as a cowboy and appealing to “authentic” American men? “America’s Toughest Sheriff” swaggering around Arizona and making inmates wear pink underwear to emasculate them? John […]

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