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Sat Aug 26, 2017, 03:50 PM

Wait, Do people actually know just how evil this man is?

by NATHAN J. ROBINSON
If you are a Trump supporter, the president has just pardoned “America’s toughest sheriff,” a man who was willing to fight illegal immigration using any means at his disposal. If you are a liberal, Trump has pardoned a despicable racist, a man who spent decades casually violating the civil liberties of Latinos. And if you are a balanced and neutral news organization, Trump has pardoned a “controversial” sheriff who faced “accusations of abuse” and “defied a court order.” These are the terms on which the debate about Arpaio is had: is he a vindictive bigot who neglected his prisoners or a steely lawman who dared to enforce immigration policy when the Feds wouldn’t? (Perhaps we’ll just call him “polarizing.”)

But none of these perspectives actually capture the full truth about Joe Arpaio. And I am worried that even those who detest Trump and are appalled by this pardon do not entirely appreciate the depth of Arpaio’s evil, or understand quite how indefensible what Donald Trump just has done is. Frankly I think even Trump may not fully realize the extent of the wrongdoing that he has just signaled his approval of. And I think it’s very important to be clear: the things Joe Arpaio is nationally infamous for, the immigration crackdown and the tent city, these are only the beginning. The word “racist” isn’t enough. The word “abusive” isn’t enough. Joe Arpaio’s actions over the course of his time in office were monstrous and sickening. As Arpaio’s officers were harassing, detaining, and beating citizens and non-citizens alike, with jail employees routinely calling inmates “wetbacks” or leaving them to die on the floor, Arpaio let hundreds of serious sexual abuse cases go uninvestigated, in one case resulting in a child being continually raped. He was not just a “tough” sheriff, but a cruel and incompetent one, faking clearance reports for serious crimes while abusing the power of his office to arrest and intimidate journalists, judges, and county officials. Some of Arpaio’s acts bordered on the psychopathic: in a deranged re-election plot, Arpaio oversaw a scheme to pay someone to attempt to assassinate him, even supplying the man with bomb-making materials, so that he could entrap the fake “assassin” and send him to prison, ruining the hapless man’s life. Arpaio treated the Constitution with contempt, inflicting what the Mayor of Phoenix called a “reign of terror” upon the city’s Latino community. Anybody with a hint of a conscience should be revolted by both Arpaio’s record and Trump’s pardon.

Marty Atencio was a third-generation military veteran who had served in the Gulf War. Upon returning to civilian life, Atencio would struggle for years with schizophrenia and homelessness. In 2011, he was arrested for “aggressive” behavior outside a convenience store and taken to the Maricopa County Jail. The arresting officer noted that Atencio seemed to be suffering from a mental illness, and when he arrived at the jail he appeared “off his rocker.” Atencio informed jail staff that he was having suicidal thoughts and was placed in an isolation cell. Later, according to a lawsuit filed against the Sheriff’s office, officers began to make fun of Atencio’s mental state, and when he refused an order to take his shoes off, closed in on Atencio and began beating and tasering him. They dragged Atencio’s unconscious body back to his cell, where he was stripped naked and left on the floor. His was found “covered with bruises, lacerations and puncture marks,” and would never regain consciousness. Atencio would be buried with full military honors, with Maricopa County having to cough up a large wrongful death settlement for his family.

During the more than two decades that Joe Arpaio served as sheriff of Maricopa County, overseeing the jail system, millions of dollars would be paid out in lawsuits over the deaths of inmates. In 1996, Scott Norberg died after being suffocated in one of Arpaio’s “restraint chairs,” after being descended on by “fourteen guards beating, shocking, and suffocating [him].” They were, said an eyewitness inmate, “like a pack of dogs.” After the Sheriff’s Office was accused of discarding evidence in the case, including the deceased’s crushed larynx, his family received an $8 million settlement. In 2015, Felix Torres was pulled over on his bicycle for riding the wrong way up the street, and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. While in jail awaiting trial, he was taken to the County Medical Center for severe stomach pain. Though Torres said he had a history of ulcers, doctors decided he had a hernia, and gave him a drug not recommended for people with ulcers. After being returned to jail, Torres, “spent the next few days crying, writhing in pain, and begging guards to help him or take him to the hospital.” Torres began “banging on his cell door and asking for help,” but an officer told him “You’re bullshitting… go to sleep.” On the night he died, Torres asked multiple officers for help, telling them he was dying. “You’re fucking faking it,” one replied. Torres’s family would receive $1 million. (And while it should make no difference, we might bear in mind that at the time of his death, Felix Torres was an innocent man.)

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Reply Wait, Do people actually know just how evil this man is? (Original post)
n2doc Aug 2017 OP
dalton99a Aug 2017 #1
rock Aug 2017 #29
enough Aug 2017 #2
BigmanPigman Aug 2017 #3
smirkymonkey Aug 2017 #4
stopbush Aug 2017 #5
sharedvalues Aug 2017 #31
kerry-is-my-prez Aug 2017 #6
renate Aug 2017 #7
superpatriotman Aug 2017 #8
oppressedproletarian Aug 2017 #9
thegoose Aug 2017 #10
disalitervisum Aug 2017 #11
ret5hd Aug 2017 #27
Duppers Aug 2017 #12
sakabatou Aug 2017 #21
ffr Aug 2017 #13
broadcaster90210 Aug 2017 #14
Thunderbeast Aug 2017 #15
Duppers Aug 2017 #22
byronius Aug 2017 #16
Major Nikon Aug 2017 #17
classykaren Aug 2017 #18
samnsara Aug 2017 #19
Initech Aug 2017 #20
Dark n Stormy Knight Aug 2017 #23
RKP5637 Aug 2017 #26
Eyeball_Kid Aug 2017 #34
RKP5637 Aug 2017 #35
sharedvalues Aug 2017 #32
Stuart G Aug 2017 #24
spanone Aug 2017 #25
dalton99a Aug 2017 #30
underpants Aug 2017 #28
uponit7771 Aug 2017 #33
ProudProgressiveNow Aug 2017 #36
SMoss Aug 2017 #37
yonder Aug 2017 #38
zentrum Aug 2017 #39

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 03:57 PM

1. A great summary of the evil sadist

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 08:45 AM

29. One evil sadistic bully

Really appreciates another evil sadistic bully.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 04:04 PM

2. There is some good coming out of this travesty of a pardon.

The true nature of Arpaio's sadistic racism is being described in articles like this. May this truth continue to hound Arpaio and Trump until and after they draw their last breaths.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 04:38 PM

3. Half the population doesn't know or care since they are apathetic

and sleep walk through their lives until something directly effects them and hits them on the head like a flying 2×4 in a hurricane.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 04:41 PM

4. K&R

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 04:47 PM

5. Most Americans think Arpaio was just tougher on people than the norm.

They have no idea what he actually did over the years.

It's the same way most Americans feel about Mothere Teresa, who was actually a horrible person who did nothing to help the dying, instead using them as fodder for her sick belief that watching others suffer would bring her closer to god.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 10:18 AM

31. Also GOP identity politics: hate different people

40 years of GOP identity politics has persuaded many white Americans that their race is being persecuted. So they support racist Arpaio because they perceive him as holding down brown people. It's disgusting.

Let's roll up our sleeves, resist organize and vote.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 04:52 PM

6. Hearing him talk gave me the chills. Could tell he is evil to the core.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 04:53 PM

7. "Anybody with a hint of a conscience should be revolted"

Therein lies the rub.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 04:56 PM

8. Books will be written,

Movies made about the psychotic scumbaggery that is ex-Sherrif Jose.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 04:56 PM

9. Exactly trump's kind of crazy n/t

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 04:58 PM

10. An insecure little real estate hustler

 

Has been given the power to take out his revenge on the entire fucking world.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 05:33 PM

11. Spitting in the face of decent professional law-enforcement officers

What does this say to them? It sure doesn't say much for trump's so-called "support" for law enforcement personnel, does it? Just like that deal about not being too careful when putting detainees in the car.

And the above poster hit the nail on the head about trump's motivation...all he wants is revenge on the whole world.

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Response to disalitervisum (Reply #11)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 08:29 AM

27. Yes. All 5 of them.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 05:36 PM

12. He is a murderer and should rot in prison.

The state authorities should also go after those deputies who were accessories to his crimes since they sadistically obeyed illegal orders.


Would'nt we like to see the sheriff and TRump share a cell?

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Response to Duppers (Reply #12)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 01:35 AM

21. Agreed

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 05:37 PM

13. tRump is a vile person. We know this. He only cares about himself.

66 million Americans have no place in his world. Hint, that's us.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 05:43 PM

14. Wrong question.

The question is ... do they care?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 05:55 PM

15. Abuse of mentally ill prisoners is common

Not just in Maricopa County.

Jails are the primary mental health facilities across the country. It is a dangerous, inhuman system.

My psychotic son was restrained by six jail guards, tazed, and put in isolation with no treatment or medications. This happened in "liberal" Portlandia!

He survived. After several months he turned things around.

Joe Arpio is an evil character. If Bull Connor were alive today, Trump would probably praise his "tough on the darkies" game plan.

Law enforcement and corrections is difficult, dangerous work. It takes a special skill set to both protect and defend while becoming skilled at de-escallating dangerois events.

These guys, however, are not alone in their brutality. As hard as we try, there are still too many jaded, angry individuals who are attracted to the field everywhere. We need to weed out the bigots and sadists.

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Response to Thunderbeast (Reply #15)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 01:40 AM

22. So sorry for your son's horrible treatment.

Excellent post.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 05:58 PM

16. I was in Phoenix in 2004 and read an article about his murder of a journalist.

A set-up arrest for a fake fight with off-duty deputies, off to the tent city, dead by morning. An honest reporter who had written an article critical of Arpaio.

Arpaio is more gangster than racist. Trump's a gangster too. It fits.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 06:04 PM

17. One of his tricks was to investigate his enemies for child molestation

...and announce it publicly. He was and is a sociopath who should have been locked up a long time ago. The fact that he's a hero of the right just goes to show how morally bankrupt they are.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 06:21 PM

18. I did not know all of this . I am sicked.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 06:33 PM

19. the sheriff in seattle just issued a scathing comment...

...is the DOJ going to honor this? I read the person needs to have spent some time in jail before the pardon?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 26, 2017, 06:48 PM

20. CASUALLY violating civil rights?

The guy had fucking cameras installed over the toilets so he could see the women do their business n and that was hijacked and broadcast over the internet! That's not casually violating civil rights!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 02:51 AM

23. Trump may not know the full extent of Arpaio's evil, but I can't help thinking that if he did,

he would approve.

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #23)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 07:56 AM

26. Sadly, I don't think he would care. He's a sociopath! n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #26)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 11:59 AM

34. People are dying in the Texas flooding. Trumpy is ignoring all of it.

Sailors died in collisions at sea. Trumpy? "Oh. That's too bad."

Trumpy is indeed absent of any empathy or even a responsibility to speak as the nation's voice regarding disasters. He couldn't give a shit.

Ah.. but Trumpy's Fanboys believe in his every word. They're fine with modeling their beliefs after him, so they ALSO don't give a shit about the suffering of others.

As an aside, I wonder why that sick fuck Ted Cruz, famous for wanting to withhold disaster relief funds for New Jersey during the Sandy disaster, isn't on the news shows telling all of us that his Texas constituents don't deserve disaster relief.

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Response to Eyeball_Kid (Reply #34)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 12:13 PM

35. Exactly about Ted Cruz. Deny others, but give to us. Republicans are a bunch of sick assholes. n/t

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #23)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 10:29 AM

32. The GOP has embraced Arpaio for decades

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 06:33 AM

24. Excellent article...thanks for posting. Last paragraph is incredible...k and r

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 07:45 AM

25. it also shows how evil the 'president' is

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Response to spanone (Reply #25)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 09:11 AM

30. Yes.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 08:30 AM

28. Great summary. He should already have been in jail for these offenses.

How horrible.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 10:31 AM

33. No, the masses usually don't catch on till the bomb's start falling on them

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 12:22 PM

36. K&R nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 01:52 PM

37. His tough on crime ideas didn't work

Maricopa Count crime rates went up every year he was sheriff while surrounding counties went down. Per capita cost to tax payers when up while surrounding counties went down. County legal costs went through the roof fighting all the law suits brought by resident US citizens and the Federal government.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 01:58 PM

38. K&R

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Aug 27, 2017, 02:53 PM

39. Arpaio is Trump.

Trump is Arpaio.

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