Sheriff Joe's Inhumane Circus

Sheriff Joe's one-man circus has made headlines again in Arizona's Maricopa County.

His latest taxpayer-financed media stunt involved the "forced march" of undocumented inmates who are serving out their criminal sentences. Sheriff Arpaio closed down the city streets so that everyone could witness their public humiliation as they walked in chain gangs from a "hard" jail to the infamous Tent City, where they will be forced to endure unsafe conditions including summer months with temperatures of upwards of 120 degrees.

Not only was this inhumane, but violated international human rights principles — not to mention American values — that require us to treat people who are incarcerated with dignity and respect. But Sheriff Arpaio has absolute contempt for the dignity of the people in his custody and demonstrates this by treating people like circus animals.

Though he claims otherwise, Arpaio wasn't motivated by budgetary or security concerns to march shackled immigrants to the Tent City; he was motivated by the opportunity of self-aggrandizement and the promotion his anti-immigrant agenda. For those reasons, and for those reasons alone, he chose to re-route traffic and waste dwindling law enforcement resources.

Almost all of the people in the forced march were Latino and their humiliation struck one more blow to fairness and human decency in our community. And although the sheriff blatantly continues with his racial profiling practices in so-called "crime suppression sweeps" in Latino neighborhoods, the absence of significant protest from white officials in Arizona and from any federal agency allows the racial targeting to continue unabated.

There was simply no reason for this degrading spectacle other than Arpaio's lust for media attention. If he decided — based on overcrowding and/or security concerns — that these inmates needed to be transferred, then he should have proceeded — as most jail officials do — using buses, without creating a circus and marching these individuals in chain gangs over a distance of one mile.

Joe Arpaio is legally and morally obligated to treat people in a humane manner.  He should put an end to this one-man circus show and start doing his job of upholding the law, rather than violating people's rights and pandering to the most reactionary and racist elements of the anti-immigrant movement.

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Vic Livingston

Do his job?

If the Obama Justice Department does not move against him, he should be consigned to the Hague and tried for human rights abuses. Why doesn't the executive director of the Arizona ACLU lead that call?

Telling a monster to "start doing his job" is like pleading with Hitler to please ease up on concentration camp inmates.
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liberal hater

Way to go Sheriff Joe. You are now officially my new hero.

Listen to the lies and crap that this anti-American group known as the American Criminal Liberties Union spews. The first lie is--Undocumented inmates. Hey morons, how about calling them what they are--ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS from a third world cest pool bring their third world crap to our country.

Also the ACLU says that lawbreakers should be treated with respect and dignity. Are you kidding me? That is bullshit. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Hey Heriff Joe, give em' hell. Real patriotic Americans stand behind you 100%.


I bet you won't even post this anyway. But, I wish more law enforcement officers were like Sheriff Joe. Where I am from, if you roll through a stop sign you get a $130 ticket, but if you don't have insurance or a license to drive you get told to get one and that is it. Forgive me for being "politically incorrect" but almost everytime I hear about someone getting hit by a Mexican, it becomes a hit and run. Why is that I wonder? Oh yea, they are ILLEGAL and they don't have any insurance! I am tired of people these days saying prisoners derseve more rights or illegals derserve more. Are you crazy? Seriously, there is something wrong with you. And yes, I said YOU! I wish Sheriff Joe was the Sheriff of my town. I don't want to get hit by a person without any insurance, I want prisoners to be punished for killing people or stealing or fruad- whatever the case may be. I served this country prouldy and I have the right to say all of this just as anyone else does so I would like you to post this. If you would like to see who I am you can look me up on facebook- my name is Doug Kieler. I support Sheriff Joe and what he does.

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Fairness for Vi...

The Way to go Sheriff Joe. Too bad there's not more sheriff's like him.


prisoners are no better than our soldiers overseas. when a person is convicted of a crime and sentenced, that person gave up his/her rights! and, further more, prisoners on death row should be executed within a resonable length of time; not years.


Please help the hard working women of Lafayette College. Six women have come forth to stop sexual harassment at the college. The pervert responsible for sexually harassing these women was sentenced to 18 months probation in a plea bargain. How could such a plea bargain be available this scares me. The man accused of the harassment is basically walking away untouched. He got his rocks off for years at these women’s expense. This man was put in a position to protect the college, its employees, and its students. Below are the local newspapers links to the articles. Please help these women return to there jobs. These women were scared to come forth because the man responsible carried a gun and must have had some kind of connection with college considering he worked there for 20 years. Lafayette is trying to sweep this under the rug and its working. I hope the ACLU can help these women and make it known that these type of actions will not just be swept under the table.,0,2728419.story


Doug - The person with whom you had an automobile accident mayor may not have been an illegal immigrant. You have no way to know. Perhaps s/he was scared or could not afford insurance. All that aside, what happened is not about giving prisoners more rights. It is about enforcing laws and court decisions that set out their rights. If a person's rights are void upon conviction, I think we could make a lot of money by organizing hunting parties with felons as prey.

As for quick execution, look at the number of people who have been released from Death Row after their innocence was proven. Not released on a technicality, but proven innocent.


sorry. I mixed two, similar posts. The last part of the previous post was a comment to unknown.

To finish my comment to Doug...If you have read the ACLU blogs, you will see that they believe in freedom of speech and do not appear to censor beyond the rules they give at the beginning. Your opinion is just as valuable as anyone else's. I just disagree with you. A wonderful country we have that we can disagree.

Vic Livingston

All of you who support Sheriff Joe:

Isn't it interesting that the ACLU you hate so much allows you to freely express your opinions...

...while there is strong evidence that the onging warrantless surveillance programs initiated by the former president and vice president censor and exercise prior restraint on political speech on the internet?

Call it "fusion centers gone rogue."

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