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March 31, 2009

When Did Maricopa County Become Red Square?

by Stephen Littau

This seems even excessive for the Toughest Most Authoritarian Sheriff in America, Joe Arpaio:

Sheriff’s deputies and county Protective Service officers arrested two men and two women in the middle of the [County Board of Supervisors] meeting when they stood and applauded a speaker who criticized Arpaio.

Joel Nelson, Jason Odhner, Monica Sanschafer and Kristy Theilen all were charged with suspicion of disorderly conduct and trespassing, said sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Brian Lee.

Odhner is a member of the anti-Arpaio group Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability, said the group’s director Raquel Terán. Nelson, Sanschafer and Theilen are members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The trio frequently has participated with MCSA members during the group’s anti-Arpaio campaign.

The crackdown brought the anti-Arpaio activist arrest tally to nine in the past four months.

Here’s the video of the incident:

But perhaps the disorderly conduct charges are legit. After all, public meetings have to have order right?

One might be able to accept this explanation until considering this:

A double standard clearly was in effect during the Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday. At one point, public-transit advocate Blue Crowley used part of his public-comment time allotment to sing a birthday song to Kunasek. Kunasek blushed and several people applauded, but none was ordered to leave or threatened with arrest.

However, Kunasek, deputies and security officers refused to tolerate applause after the anti-Arpaio speech minutes later.

Don’t expect any apologies from Sheriff Arpaio for the actions of his deputies. He is THE LAW!

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7 Comments

  1. This is typical behavior. He’s done it to newspaper reporters even.

    Comment by Chris Byrne — March 31, 2009 @ 2:57 pm
  2. It is amazing that so many commies live in Arizona that they keep electing this America-hating goon.

    Comment by tarran — March 31, 2009 @ 4:20 pm
  3. Is there even such a thing as “suspicion of disorderly conduct”?

    Comment by David Z — March 31, 2009 @ 5:55 pm
  4. tarran,

    it’s because he cracks down on teh dirty brown people. They also love tent city. I worked with a guy who spent time in tent city, and he always talked about how bad it was, but he always talked about how much he admired Arpaio for making it so rough. Arizonans are also very law and order types. So they just don’t care about what Arpaio does, as long as he tough on crime. It’s kind of strange, because there are also still a lot of the frontier spirit out here, lots of “leave the hell alone” types, but they are outnumbered by the law and order types. How else would McCain keep getting elected?

    Comment by Nick M. — March 31, 2009 @ 6:23 pm
  5. I lived in Maricopa County for 9 years; I know what an authoritarian and media whore Joe Arpaio is. It didn’t take me until my first election to realize this. I can’t for the life of my understand why so many people fall for his gimicky pink underwear, green bologna, chain gangs and tents.

    It might be one thing if he went after real criminals; he seems to focus on victimless vice crimes (i.e. drugs, prostitution, etc.). I’ll never forget the time that his deputies broke the law in the biggest prostitution sting the county ever had (and Sherrif Joe couldn’t quite understand why the AG had to drop charges because his own deputies dropped their pants!)

    I’m just glad to live far enough away that I don’t have to hear about “America’s Toughest Sherrif” on an almost daily basis anymore.

    Maricopa County residents: vote this clown out already! Please!

    Comment by Stephen Littau — March 31, 2009 @ 7:11 pm
  6. Thank God we have a real law enforcement officer in Maricopa County. Keep up the good work, Joe!!!

    Comment by Maricopa Resident — April 1, 2009 @ 6:27 pm
  7. It’s okay Joe. You don’t have to use an alias to comment here (and we wouldn’t have you arested even if we had the power to do so).

    Comment by Stephen Littau — April 3, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

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