Joe Arpaio, self-styled as “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, who runs his jail like a concentration camp (and even uses the words himself!), who mistreats inmates grotesquely in torturous living conditions and abuses his power like a twisted and self-righteous god, is under fire for failing to investigate alleged sex crimes.
The Associated Press reported that between 2005 and 2007, Arpaio’s office not only failed to adequately investigate sex crimes, but in some cases never opened investigations at all — even when the suspects were known to police.
In one city in northwestern metro Phoenix [El Mirage] where Arpaio’s office was providing contract police services, officials discovered at least 32 reported child molestations where Arpaio’s office failed to follow through, even though suspects were known in all but six cases.
A retired El Mirage police official who reviewed the files said many of the victims were children of illegal immigrants, according to the AP.
Victims included a 15-year-old girl who said she was raped by two men outside an El Mirage shopping center and a 9-year-old who told a school counselor her grandmother’s boyfriend often came into her bedroom at night, performing sex acts as she tried to sleep, according to the Arizona Republic.
How someone can claim to be the toughest sheriff if he’s willing to let nine year olds’ rapists go unpunished, but perfectly willing to let prisoners awaiting prosecution stew in 63°C tent cities — scratch that, he actually has the gall to call them “concentration camps” — is completely beyond me. That’s not America’s toughest sheriff. That’s America’s most brutal tin-pot dictator, playing with the lives of actual human beings, ignoring the injustices perpetrated against mere women, while wearing the undeserved mantle of justice and the law. All out of some kind of lack of self-reflection. Or possibly an evil sense of irony. Those are the only two fitting options.
While rape is going unpunished, rest assured his priorities are well and truly in the public’s best interest — he’s still going after Obama’s birth certificate. Never mind the real and palpable brutality going on, sometimes by his own hand; he’ll keep going after the manufactroversy. No wonder he polls so well with Republicans.