Numerous critics are packing forums in Phoenix to say they have had enough of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. They are tired of his racial profiling tactics against local residents because they are "brown."
They wonder why Arpaio and his men aren´t arresting the felonious criminals whose dust covered arrest warrants pile mountainously in his offices. They wonder why he isn´t doing his real job instead of allowing these bad guys to run the streets.
Even Maricopa County Superisor Mary Rose Wilcox has charged Arpaio with violating an agreement with ICE that prohibits racial profiling. Now the Feds are launching an audit this month to finally out Arpaio for his tactics.
Scores of citizens are also signing petitions which call for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to conduct a series of town hall meetings which will allow the public to comment on the sheriff´s practices. They request to be placed on the Board´s agenda on Sept. 17. The petitions also say Arpaio is wasting more that $42M on lawsuits, insurance costs and attorney´s fees, all due to his tactics.
More Bad News for Arpaio: Arpaio´s long time enemy, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, fended off a recall effort launched against him after Gordon challenged Arpaio's immigration-enforcement policies.
Arpaio´s chief of enforcement, Brian Sands, called one of his favorite local reporters at one of his favorite newspapers to say Gordon was lying about the racial profiling. When the reporter reminded Sands that a well respected report was on a "drive along" with one of his deputies and witnessed his deputy committing Racial Profiling, Sands responded using the tried and true excuse, "You can´t believe your lying eyes."
Not that more proof is needed of Arpaios waning popularity, several protestors continue to march outside of Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Phoenix on a daily basis. The demonstrators are demanding Wells Fargo evict Arpaio as a tenant when his extremely costly lease of luxiourious offices is up. Records indicate the existing rent for the luxurious accommodations is $43,000 a month for more than 31,000 square feet. Protestors indicate they are expanding their protests to LA and SF Wells Fargo locations.
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All of these signs leads one to believe that time is running short for the long tenured Sheriff. His bid for re- election is coming up soon. It sounds like the voters, public officials and the community want a change.
Arpaio fans shouldn´t worry about him however. Sources tell us his "Big Bully" Consulting Company is doing well. He is providing consultative services for prisons and detention centers in Central America, China and Australia.