A diet of bread and water is the punishment for dozens of Arizona inmates who allegedly defaced American flags placed in their jail cells.
The 38 male inmates are part of the Maricopa County jail system, which is under the control of controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio.

For their alleged unpatriotic acts, the sheriff said Thursday, they’ll survive on bread and water for seven days.

"These inmates have destroyed the American flag that was placed in their cells," Arpaio said. "Tearing them, writing on them, stepping on them, throwing them in the toilet, trash or wherever they feel. It’s a disgrace … this is government property that they are destroying, and we will take action against those who act this way."

The flags are part of a push for patriotism in county jail cells that includes listening to the “Star-Spangled Banner” every morning and “God Bless America” every night over the intercom system.
Arpaio implemented the American flag jailhouse initiative in November.

Mexican poet Javier Sicilia asks Sheriff Arpaio "Why do you treat my people as if they are not human?"

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Sicilia called for better treatment of undocumented people during a meeting with Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. 

By EMILY DERUY

Mexican activist and poet Javier Sicilia met Thursday with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to request an end to what he says is the inhumane treatment of undocumented people arrested by the sheriff’s department.

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Court smacks down Joe Arpaio: Turning point for ‘America’s toughest sheriff?’
May 25, 2013

A federal court on Friday found that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio systematically violated the constitutional rights of immigrants through “saturation” sweeps that ended up targeting people based on their appearance or perceived ancestry.

The destructively racist Arpaio has over the past decade come to define American anger over illegal immigration as he’s aggressively pursued immigration lawbreakers in Arizona’s most populous county, corralling a staggering 25 percent of all US immigration arrests per year.

Arpaio remains popular among many conservatives for stunts like his racist investigation of President Obama’s birth certificate and issuing pink underwear to inmates, a choice which both perpetuates ridiculous shaming of varied gender expressions and shamefully celebrates systemic dehumanization. The court ruling can be seen as part of a broader pushback against aggressive immigration enforcement and growing momentum for a bipartisan solution to the difficult and often traumatic lifestyles that many of America’s undocumented people are subjected to.

The decision, which in essence agreed with an earlier lower court ruling, should be seen as “a warning to any agency trying to enforce ‘show me your papers’ [state laws] – there is no exception in the Constitution for immigration enforcement,” said Cecilia Wang, director f the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, in a statement. In the ruling, US District Court Judge Murray Snow told Arpaio and his deputies to stop using race and ancestry as reasons to stop or detain drivers in a tactic widely known as “saturation patrols.”

But if the court ruling represents a victory for immigration advocates and a legal reversal for Arpaio, it’s also clear that, even before the ruling, Arpaio had been losing support among more educated white voters even as opposition against him had galvanized among ascendant Hispanic voters, the Arizona Capital Times newspaper reported recently. Arpaio won reelection with only 50.7 percent of the vote last November, his lowest total. “He was the most popular guy in the state, but he’s been on a long slow ride down,” Arizona political analyst Michael O’Neil told the newspaper.

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Major news outlets are reporting that Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been re-elected to his sixth term a sheriff in Arizona, but the county recorder hasn’t even called the race yet. Arpaio is leading by 90,000 votes but there are over 300,000 ballots that haven’t been counted yet—likely most are from Latino neighborhoods! 

Tell the Maricopa County Recorder, Helen Purcell, that you want every vote to be counted.  

The Message

To Helen Purcell, Maricopa County Recorder:

There were far too many irregularities in the Maricopa County election this year and we expect you to fully and transparently monitor the hundreds of thousands of provisional and early ballots that have yet to be counted.

I know that kids these days really like irony. That’s what I have been told. I have been told I am too sincere, the music I make is too sincere, so it is somehow like a bummer cause it’s too sincere. So this tee shirt is ironic, and I purchased it because I thought you guys would find it funny, because it’s ironic right? Super ironic, which makes it great, because we don’t want anyone to actually mean anything in this world, we just want it all to be a big fucking joke, don’t we? Absolutely, it’s all a big joke.
—  Conor Oberst, Explaining the irony in his Maricopa County shirt.
Americans define racism as individual, overt and intentional. But modern forms of racial discrimination are often unintentional, systemic and hidden. The tropes and images of the civil rights era reinforce the old definition. People taking on new forms constantly look for our own Bull Connor to make the case. We can find these kinds of figures. But there’s inevitably debate about whether they truly hit the Bull Connor standard, as we can see in popular defenses of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Gov. Rick Scott. Politicians, employers and public administrators have all learned to use codes for the groups they target. The notion that all racism is intentional and overt is a fundamental building block of the false solution of colorblindness.
—  Rinku Sen, at ColorLines

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Question by Taylor: What will be the outcome of this lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio?
PHOENIX (CN) - Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been sued again, by people who say they were arrested for applauding critics of Arpaio at a county Board of Supervisors meeting, or for “trespassing” in a public building where they had gone to make an appointment with a county supervisor.

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i get endless pleasure out of how many Mexican-hating Joe Arpaio fans mistake my parody Twitter account of today’s Bull Connor, aka “Sheriff Joe,” for the real thing. 

Wanna know my secret?

I built the account banking on the idea that most people have no idea how to spell “sheriff.” Yup. I siphon his fans simply because they can’t spell. They mistweet their hate and it magnetically zooms into my #mansions.

I know, I know. That’s wrong of me. Mexicano cats ought not be so cunning.  

No habla tha ingles, yo. 

Sarah lost her mother and both grandparents in Arpaio’s work-raid at Sport-x in Tempe a few weeks ago. Her sister is deaf but signs really well. Sarah is 9 years old. in the 4th grade and got to see her mother for the first time today-in Arpaio’s stripes and chains. The crime? Working.

Photo Credit: Dennis Gilman 

After three years of investigation, the Justice Department has finished it’s investigation of Joe “America’s Sheriff” Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO for short). It’s conclusion?

[The MCSO], through the actions of its deputies, supervisory staff, and command staff, engages in racial profiling of Latinos; unlawfully stops, detains, and arrests Latinos; and unlawfully retaliates against individuals who complain about or criticize MCSO’s policies or practices, all in violation of [The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994]

Arpaio also personally “forwarded racially charged and derogatory emails about Latinos to his senior staff”. No one familiar with Joe Arpaio is surprised at this. He detains Latin@s until they produce their social security cards, while letting white drivers pass with just their driver’s license. He was found to be violating the constitutional rights of inmates (disproportionately latin@ of course) by “feeding them moldy bread, rotten fruit and other contaminated food, housing them in cells so hot as to endanger their health, denying them care for serious medical and mental health needs and keeping them packed as tightly as sardines in holding cells for days at a time”, and misused over $80 Million of taxpayer dollars on things like investigations into his political opponents. 

The Justice Department details how MCSO can come back into compliance with the law (a list of specific policy grievances to be addressed as well proactive measures, such as an internal affairs department- we’ll have to see how Sheriff Joe reacts. It’s unprecedented that someone in his position would refuse to comply, but then again it would not be the first time he broke precedent with his lack of cooperation with federal authorities.

(via Arizona sheriff’s office profiles Latinos, federal judge rules | Fox News)

A federal judge ruled Friday that the office of America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols, marking the first finding by a court that the agency racially profiles people.

The 142-page decision by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow in Phoenix backs up allegations that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s critics have made for years that his officers violate the constitutional rights of Latinos in relying on race in their immigration enforcement.

Snow, whose ruling came more than eight months after a seven-day, non-jury trial, also ruled Arpaio’s deputies unreasonably prolonged the detentions of people who were pulled over.

The ruling represents a victory for those who pushed the lawsuit. They weren’t seeking money damages but rather a declaration that Arpaio’s office engages in racial profiling and an order that requires it to make policy changes.

"For too long the sheriff has been victimizing the people he’s meant to serve with his discriminatory policy," said Cecillia D. Wang, director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Right Project. "Today we’re seeing justice for everyone in the county…"

Morning Brief for January 6, 2012

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. McCain leads Romney’s anti-Santorum charge in South Carolina | CNN 

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    Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign took its anti-earmark crusade against Rick Santorum to South Carolina on Thursday, with Romney-backer John McCain leading the charge.

  2. Obama Testing 2-Tier Strategy Against His GOP Rivals | The New York Times

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    From making recess appointments to inserting himself into the Iowa caucuses, President Obama is trying to tie his rivals to the unpopular Congress.
  3. China warns US on Asia military strategy | BBC News

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    China’s state media have warned the US against “flexing its muscles” after Washington unveiled a defence review switching focus to the Asia-Pacific.
  4. US Plans change in immigration rule | Associated Press

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    The Obama administration plans a rule change to help reduce the time illegal immigrant spouses and children are separated from citizen relatives while they try to win legal status in the United States.
  5. Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to seek sixth term | Los Angeles Times

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    Joe Arpaio, criticized by the US Department of Justice for what it called discrimination against Latinos, said Thursday that he would seek a sixth term as sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona.
  1. Forcing Women To Sleep In Their Own Menstrual Blood: In Arpaio’s jails, “female Latina LEP prisoners have been denied basic sanitary items. In some instances, female Latina LEP prisoners have been forced to remain with sheets or pants soiled from menstruation because of MCSO’s [Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office] failure to ensure that detention officers provide language assistance in such circumstances.”

  2. Criminalizing Being A Latino: “During raids, [Arpaio’s Criminal Enforcement Squad] typically seizes all Latinos present, whether they are listed on the warrant or not. For example, in one raid CES had a search warrant for 67 people, yet 109 people were detained. Fifty-nine people were arrested and 50 held for several hours before they were released. Those detained, but not on the warrant, were seized because they were Latino and present at the time of the raid. No legal justification existed for their detention.”

  3. Ignoring Rape: Because of Arpaio’s obsessive focus on “low-level immigration offenses” his officers failed “to adequately respond to reports of sexual violence, including allegations of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse of girls.”

  4. Widespread Use Of Racial Slurs: “MCSO personnel responsible for prisoners held in MCSO jails routinely direct racial slurs toward Latino prisoners, including calling Latino prisoners ‘paisas,’ ‘wetbacks,’ ‘Mexican bitches,’ ‘fucking Mexicans,’ and ‘stupid Mexicans.’”

  5. Widespread Racial Profiling: “[I]n the southwest portion of the County, the study found that Latino drivers are almost four times more likely to be stopped by MCSO officers than non-Latino drivers engaged in similar conduct… . In the northwest portion of the County, the study found that Latino drivers are over seven times more likely to be stopped by MCSO officers than non-Latino drivers engaged in similar conduct… . Most strikingly, in the northeast portion of the County, the study found that Latino drivers are nearly nine times more likely to be stopped by MCSO officers than non-Latino drivers engaged in similar conduct.”