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!