CBS5 in Phoenix completed an in depth report of claims against Arpaio which the FBI is investigating. CBS5 went to a former prosecutor and U.S. Attorney to review the report. After his review, this expert said YES, there is sufficient evidence of Abuse of Power and YES he would take this information to a Grand Jury and request an indictment against arpaio. The expert said, "I can't believe this behavior is happening in the USA. I've seen it in South America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, but I never thought that anything like this would happen in our country."
Those that have been the target of abuse by arpaio, many of whom have been interviewed by the FBI, include: Mayor Phil Gordon, Chief of Police George Gascon, Terry Goddard, Jon Stapley county supervisor, Babara Mundell, Mary Rose Wilcox, David Smith, Sandi Wilson, Rick Romley, Jackie Thrasher, John Dougherty reporter New Times, Michael Lacey, Jim Larkin, Lee Watkins, Dan Saban ran for sheriff against arpaio, Sandra Dowling, Ed Novak and Daniel Pochoda attorney ACLU. All of those on arpaio's enemies list, once arrested, investigated, but none resulted in convictions and ALL charges were dropped. However each of those harassed by the sheriff were forced to defend themselves and paid attorney's fees. "When you cross the sheriff, you will find yourself under investigation for no reason."
The FBI began its investigation over a year ago and there may be an indictment against the sheriff soon. CBS5 has asked the sheriff, who is usually quick to go on camera, to discuss the FBI investigation. They promised him an uneditted, open forum to provide his view. Arpaio DECLINED repeated requests to be interviewed.
Ex-U.S. Attorney David Iglesias on Joe Arpaio: "I Would Seek an Indictment" (w/Video)