It appears that Sheriff Joe’s house of cards is falling apart. Joe Arpaio has been focused on chasing busboys, dishwashers, landscapers and nannies to name a few, while his own employees were involved in furthering a criminal enterprise of the same type he claimed to have been attacking.
There’s no doubt that having David Hendershott, Larry Black and Joel Fox as the top honchos at MCSO bred a culture of corruption including misappropriation of funds, political retribution, racial profiling and now we see it lent itself to facilitating the furtherance of crimes of the most egregious nature.
The arrest of three employees of the most notorious sheriff in the world has placed the exclamation mark on the phrase “Joe has got to go!” Just when does Joe plan on resigning? How long are irresponsible voters going to continue holding a double standard when it comes to Joe Arpaio. Most of Arpaio’s supporters are those of the mindset of, it’s black and white, or as they say, “the law is the law.” You often hear his supporters chant “what part of illegal don’t you understand?” Well that’s exactly the question I’d like to pose to them.
Isn’t the alleged corruption and subsequent removal of the top tier of the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office sufficient to shake up the department and remove the head of the decaying MCSO empire? Wasn’t the millions paid out by taxpayers in lawsuits sufficient to awaken the already over taxed citizen into insisting on his immediate resignation? Wasn’t the 100 million dollar misappropriation of funds sufficient to expose the ineptness and corruption of the sheriff’s office? Wasn’t the hundreds if not thousands of racial profiling cases and police brutality cases filed against the sheriffs office sufficient to alert you of a prevalent culture of abuse? Were you not impacted by the hundreds of cases of child molestation and sexual assaults swept under the rug by the sheriffs office over a period of years? Was all this not enough to rouse your ire? And now this?
I think it’s high time that we as voters and residents of Maricopa County demand the removal of this man that calls himself the top law enforcement officer of Maricopa County. Many of us have not trusted this man from the very beginning and once he started on his campaign of self promotion at the expense of judges, politicians, low skilled laborers and average “joes”, we knew what we had in store for us. I guess none of us figured that it would come to this. A clearly corrupt, and out of control sheriffs office continues in the hands of a man who has served as the head of this organization for 19 years.
What’s next? Is it too far fetched to think that we might be told that Arpaio who served 25 years as a DEA agent of which part was spent in Argentina, Turkey and Mexico is actually the head of a syndicated criminal organization? Oh, that’s right! There are some who already refer to the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office as exactly that.
Hello??? DOJ??? Where are you???
Carlos E. Galindo is a radio talk show host & political analyst conducting radio shows in both English and Spanish on four radio stations in Arizona. Mr. Galindo is a weekly contributor to KPFK 98.7 FM Los Angeles and has appeared on CNN, Univision and Telemundo as a political analyst. Mr. Galindo is also an Op-Ed columnist on Prensa Hispana Arizona. www.nospinonair.com/http://www.carlosgalindo.com
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