Joe Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, may soon be receiving his comeuppance.

Joe is the one known as “the toughest sheriff in America” and is famous for requiring his inmates to wear pink underwear and live in tents and feeds them bologna sandwiches. But as several of his political allies have been convicted, disbarred, or otherwise publicly punished for acts in which he allegedly was a participant, he may soon face criminal charges himself.

What his many fans do not seem to understand is that he does not house hardened criminals for the most part. Indeed, prior to Arizona passing its own immigration bill, the notorious SB 1070, which is not being enforced due to a federal suit against it, Arpaio frequently conducted his own roundups of Hispanics.

Now Joe has fans all across the country because he promotes himself so well and gives the impression that his actions mean he is not soft on crime, unlike many of his peers.

Forcing comeone to wear pink underwear or feeding them crap does not staunch crime.

The fact is violent crime in his jurisdiction is up while it has decreased in the rest of the state. Boy, I bet Maricopa Countians sleep soundly at night knowing their petty thieves and shoplifters are clad in pink undies while they could be the first residents on their block to suffer a deadly home invasion.

This report lays out some of the deficiencies in regular law enforcement duties that Arpaio must also perform while acting as jailer in chief.


  • Violent Crime Rates Rise Under Arpaio, Fall in Rest of Arizona
  • Under Arpaio, 911 Response Time Increased, Arrest Rates Decreased
  • Arpaio Admits He Arrests ”Very Few” Non-Hispanics
  • Over 40,000 Un-served Felony Warrants
  • Conservative Think Tank Report: Arpaio’s Policies are Ineffective, Harmful, and a Waste of Millions of Taxpayer Dollars
  • Mesa Police Chief: Arpaio’s Approach Hurts Community Safety


  • Arpaio Under Investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for Civil Rights Abuses
  • Arpaio Under FBI Investigation for Using his Power to Intimidate Political Opponents
  • Judge Says Conditions in Arpaio’s Jails “Violate the Constitution”
  • 2,700 Lawsuits Filed Against Arpaio
  • Federal Officials Take Away Arpaio’s Deputies’ Authority to Make Immigration Arrests, Arpaio Vows to Defy the Restriction
  • Arpaio Threatens Attorneys with Criminal Charges for Criticizing Him
  • Department of Labor Investigates Arpaio, Finds He Owes Employees $2M in Unpaid Overtime
  • Arpaio Suspected of Misspending $50M in Taxpayer Funds, Refuses to Turn Over Records
  • Advocates Awarded $475,000 for Civil Rights Violations by Arpaio Deputies
  • Arpaio Stages Phony Murder Plot Against Himself, Accused Released for Wrongful Imprisnment, County Pays Over $1 Million to Settle


  • Arpaio Marches Immigrants in Shackles to Tent City Surrounded by Electric Fence
  • Arpaio Separates Mother from Kids for Unpaid Traffic Ticket
  • Arpaio Conducts “Crime Suppression” Sweeps in Latino Communities
  • Arpaio Forces Mother to Give Birth while Handcuffed to Bed
  • Arpaio’s Deputies Deploy Heavy Duty Machine Guns

That’s a pretty imposing list. His tactics not only do not stop crime, they also waste enormus sums of taxpayer dollars.

I have a great idea that will enable the good citizens of Maricopa County to feel safer. Let’s see if these fit.

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