Sheriff Arpaio out-desecrates alleged inmate flag desecrators

Sheriff Joe Arpaio - Armed and Dangerous
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by Crane-Station

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Sheriff Arpaio out-desecrates alleged inmate flag desecrators

Bigot and bully Sheriff Arpaio, runs the Maricopa County jail system that includes several Phoenix-area jails, and he is at the center of yet another controversy: feeding a group of 38 inmates a bread and water diet that he may extend beyond a seven day period, at his whim and depending on how well his supporters respond to his egregious behavior.

County jails are designed to hold inmates for short periods of time. However, jails are now the new lucrative prisons, especially for nonviolent (mostly minor drug offenders). In other words, the county jail, or, the ‘new prison’ not only holds inmates who should be in the penitentiary; it receives monies from the state for each jail inmate who actually belongs in prisons. In November, Arpaio placed 38 inmates on a bread-and-water punishment diet, because he claimed that these inmates, in different cells, in different locations, apparently, did all sorts of awful things to flags he had placed in cells.

In response to what he perceived as disrespectful behavior, Arpaio, true to form and crook that he is, stomped all over the 8th, 6th and 14th Amendments to the constitution for which the very flag stands. There are specific procedures DOC has published for alleged offenses ‘on the inside’ that are much like an arrest, citation and due process on the outside, with categories of offenses ranging from Category 1 (ie, faking an illness) to Category 7 (ie, assaulting an officer). The inmate has a right to face his accuser, know his offense and supporting evidence, be represented by counsel (usually a jailhouse lawyer who is better than many lawyers on the outside), and have a hearing before a disciplinary ‘judge,’

The bread-and-water 38 inmates were apparently afforded no due process, no right to representation or hearing, no formal process. However, the accused inmates are now publicly known not only as criminals, even though they may have not yet been tried or convicted of any original charges, but it’s even worse than that- they are traitors, possibly even terrorists. This may be why their names are not readily available- some, if not all may be pre-trial detainees.

At any rate, Arpaio enjoys a double advantage in his latest use of inmates (and trumped up allegations) to pander to his base as he aspires to political office if he chooses to do so: one, he pockets the extra meal money coming from the state, just as he pockets the money for that extra meal he is supposed to be feeding his inmates. Arpaio’s inmates receive only two meals. All other prison inmates, and all other jail inmates receive three meals a day, and the state reimburses the jails for these meals, intended for class D jail inmates and not for Arpaio’s pockets. Second, he has chosen the hottest of topics to do his latest bread-and-water (likely lucrative, for him, stunt): patriotism. Quite ironic for someone who could give a shit less about what the flag actually stands for.

Arpaio’s laundry list of egregious schemes and behavior reads like someone who has just slept with the devil. It now seems that he so over-reached on the illegal immigration cash-cow that even the DOJ cut him off from warehousing, abusing, and otherwise racial profiling purely for profit and nothing else. He had to quick come up with another publicity stunt, lest he lose supporters, who might be upset about the money he will lose, as fast as he loses illegal immigrants to CCA facilities.

There is much turnover in jail cells, and a lot more carved on the walls, much of it surprisingly anatomically correct and verbally to the point, such as “Kill fuck die” carved in block. Not every inmate is responsible and it is nearly impossible to tell who did what. Arpaio’s placement of American flags in the cells is a violation of fire code, for one, but violation of anything never seems to bother this madman, whose actions can have an effect on whether or not someone gets a fair trial or is granted parole, because, ‘Oh God, aren’t you the treasonist terrorist who destroys American flags?’

This is why we have due process, even inside our prisons. Inmates are not widgets to be used for the political gain of a thieving madman. And you watch: he didn’t cut those phones and commissary- because he is making bank from those things.

No court in the US ever sentences people to 1) solitary or 2) indefinite punishment diets. Also, according to the US Supreme Court, ruling on free speech, ‘flag burning’ is not a crime. This is strict whim of a sick man with a political agenda. Read the list of Arpaio horrors here.

14 Responses to Sheriff Arpaio out-desecrates alleged inmate flag desecrators

  1. stan says:

    Sheriff Arpaio is on the wrong side of the bars.

  2. lurker says:

    Seems like Arpaio promised us a smoking gun from Hawaii after the taxpayers sent a couple of his good ol boy posse experts out to look into Obama’s birth cert. And we haven’t seen it yet.

  3. Two sides to a story says:

    Arpaio is an embarrassment to moderate and liberal Arizonans, but as you can see by election figures, he’s pretty popular with Republicans, who see him as tough and not crazy. You know they all think that anything goes with prisoners, contrary to reality of the US constitution and Geneva convention and so on.

    However, you also see that his Democrat contender in the last election did pretty well with votes nearly catching up to him after a hard campaign, so people are clearly getting disillusioned with Arpaio. He’s cost Maricopa County a small fortune in lawsuits for some of his escapades.

    He’s considering throwing his hat into the ring to run for Governor of Arizona (horrors). Thank goodness the guy is in his 80s and not a youngster. There’s more than one way to skin a cat. : /

    • racerrodig says:

      I read the entire piece. I’d heard about his crap in the past but this takes the cake.

      I’d never have imagined he’s a Republican (Ppppffffttttt!!!)

      And with all the documented hate / bias issues he has, we expect the DOJ do do anything to Fogen ??

      • Malisha says:

        We don’t expect DOJ to do anything to Fogen.
        We don’t expect them to do anything, period.
        Except prosecute some folks who steal from the powerful.

        • looneydoone says:

          It just doesn’t stop !

          “Death of a Texas man with slit throat and missing ear ruled “”accidental overdose””.
          Sabine County Texas

          Of course, the dead man is black. Read the article, details are hair raising and horrific…another murder being covered up

          • MDH says:

            Damn, my first impression is all that trauma may have resulted from an abuser torturing him. Thus, the ingestion of drugs was coerced. Is Sabine trying to claim that he took drugs and, under their influence, stabbed his legs, pulled out a couple of teeth, slit his throat, and cut out his tongue?

            No wonder Z tried to flee there.

          • lady2soothe says:

            Wright’s remains were discovered 18 days later just 25 yards away from where he disappeared, in an area police said they had already searched and the medical examiner attributed the injuries to animal and insect activity.

            Interestingly enough his truck still has not been searched by authorities, and investigators had not yet interviewed the people who found his body or taken formal statements from the last people to speak to him.

            Botched investigation: NO

            Cover-up: YES

  4. colin black says:


    Mind you so much of what we do in the West violates prisoners rights.

    Razor Wire Is illegall we use It an pay the fine every year.

    Like wise with soliary confeinment Super Max Jails are concrete coffins for the living.

    .tHE IRONIC THING iS AN alleged civilised country the had legistation draftfted an debated an passed.

    To specifically declare cruel an unusall punishment illeagalll.

    Has escelled at making cuel an unuseall punishment an art form.

    The latest example was the public execution of the condemned with an untied concoction administered by non medical personel.

    That allowed a human to suffocated an remain conscious for 4 minutes of arching a gasping fighting to breathe .

    Whatever was meant to render him unconscious dint take effect.

    Besides the fact of an execution being efecientt or inept almost pales into comparison with the cruel an unusssall process/mental torture of letting the condemned spend decades on death row fileing appeals before they face execution.

    Double punishment no treble punishment.
    First they serve a life sentence then where most countrys would be thinking about setting them free rehabilitated ,NO you then execute them.

    The third punishment Is they have to seve there sentence in solitary knowing the will still end up being executed.

    • stan says:

      Dear Herr Black:

      It is surely not possible that what you have said reflects a distortion free picture of the actual conditions of the legal incarceration of human beings in the United States.

      Why, that sort of stuff only happened in those monstrous societies of yesteryear when unfettered, psychotic, dictatorial power and not the rule of law prevailed.

      What was that?

      You say you have independently verified evidence that your statements are accurate?

      Then never mind:

      Once again, the distorted realities of the’ Land of the Free’ and the ‘Home of the Brave’ must be filtered through a glass darkly to identify and illuminate the imperfections called the truth.

      As always, ever vigilantly identifying the fraudulently miraculous and pious in daily life,


  5. colin black says:

    Had punishment diet when I did time ie bread an water.

    Pint of water an three slices of dry bread three times per day. maximum of seven days .
    However that means 14 days isolation as by law of Geneva an Human rights punishment diet Is served only on aternate days ie .
    One day bread an water next day normal an so on.

    So it takes 14 days to complete the seven days all the while in solitary..

    Thing Is if you know prison food the bread an waters an improvement on the standard meals served.

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