Saturday, October 29, 2016

GUILTY...A Defense of Sheriff Joe

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been indicted by the Obama administration for criminal contempt of court. The indictment is for an racial profiling charge that dates back to 2007...before Obama was even president. The case charges that Maricopa County deputies were unfairly targeting Latino drivers. Some facts overlooked by liberal news stories: Maricopa County is over-run with illegal immigrants. In the mid 1990's it was estimated that in excess of 60% of Arizona drivers had no insurance- this figure is even higher in the Hispanic community. The felonies and misdemeanors committed in Maricopa County are disproportionately committed by Hispanics. So, if a policeman was to pull over a car full of Latinos, the odds of catching someone with a warrant, or invalid license are pretty good. This is not profiling, it is keeping the community at large safe.

While in Phoenix I had the honor of freelancing articles to the Maricopa County Deputies Assn Magazine and have interviewed Sheriff Joe on more than one occasion. He is a dedicated, no nonsense, common sense law enforcement professional. Probably why he has been re-elected every time he runs. People love to complain about Sheriff Joe, but the vote for him every time. Let's look at some of the things he is guilty of.

Early into his first term as sheriff there was a problem with armed felons robbing Christmas shoppers whose arms were full of gifts while walking to their cars in the local mall parking lots. Sheriff Joe recruited a mounted posse to patrol the parking lots and within days the problem stopped- Guilty as charged!

The "pink underwear controversy." It made national news when Sheriff Joe began making inmates wear pink underwear. It was described by  anti-law enforcement activists as demeaning. However, there was a rational explanation" Inmates were stealing the white underwear provided by the county costing the taxpayers thousands of dollars. In the sheriff's own words: "Nobody wears pink underwear." The thefts stopped saving the taxpayers thousands: Guilty again.

I'm not going to go on and on listing Sheriff Arpaio's many accomplishments, but rather let's look at who is indicting him. Sheriff Joe was instrumental in bringing the "birther" issue into the public spotlight- something that I'm sure didn't endear him to Obama. Given that the Obama administration is the most corrupt in history, it seems a bit hypocritical to indict a man who has dedicated 45 years of his life to enforcing laws. Admittedly, Arpaio's methods have been to say the least unorthodox, however, he has always put the wellbeing of his constituents ahead of his own- a claim that Obama can hardly make, unless you interpret "constituents" to mean George Soros, Goldman Sachs, and other global elites. The only reason I can see that Obama supports Hillary Clinton for president is so that he won't go down in history as the most corrupt, divisive and basically the worst president in history.

I wish Sheriff Joe the best and hope he prevails in his upcoming trial. Mr. Arpaio: you are guilty- guilty of being an honest man...guilty of being a fine law enforcement officer and guilty of being a good American. Too bad our president can't make the same claim.

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