Thursday, September 16, 2010

Arpaio's House of Cards Wobbles During DOJ Investigation

As ITWAMA has long reported, Maricopa County's Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his volunteer masked henchmen have run a reign of terror over Maricopa County for several years. He has abused his power by racially profiling Latino neighborhoods and has attacked his enemies by initiating false investigations against them. For this, Local Politicos have petitioned the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to investigate his Sheriff's Office. Now, in the middle of this DOJ investigation, Arpaio's top aide has requested an investigation of the Sheriff's second in command and other Top Deputies for Abuse of Power and mismanagement.
It looks like Arpaio's house of cards will soon be crumbling down around him! Perhaps we will see Justice at last!
AZCentral reports:
A top aide to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has requested an investigation of the sheriff's second-in-command, Chief Deputy David Hendershott, and two of his allies, signaling growing concern among the sheriff's top hierarchy about the agency's management. A memo written by Deputy Chief Frank Munnell and recently delivered to Arpaio alleges years of misconduct and mismanagement by Hendershott, who has directed day-to-day operations of the Sheriff's Office since 2008 and has been in the department's top echelon since the mid-1990s.

The alleged wrongdoing amounts to criminal activity in the eyes of Munnell, a longtime law-enforcement official. The 63-page memorandum obtained by The Arizona Republic is the first clear inside account of a law-enforcement agency that is under investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office for suspected abuses of power and has had considerable publicity about its failed corruption investigations into county officials and judges.

Munnell's memo has been turned over to the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office for their probe. Both agencies declined to comment. (read complete article)

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