The U.S. Department of Justice filed its lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the sheriff’s department and Maricopa County on Thursday, May 10, in Los Angeles.

It was only the second time in its 18 years of civil police reform work that it has had to file a contested lawsuit. Assistant Attorney for Civil Rights Tom Perez said that “all the allegations in the complaint result from a culture of disregard for basic human rights within the agency that starts at the top.” He went on to say that “at its core, this is an abuse of power case, involving a sheriff and a sheriff’s office that disregarded the Constitution, ignored sound police practices, compromised public safety and did not hesitate to retaliate against perceived critics.”

Arapio’s response to the lawsuit was to make himself out to be an innocent victim of the Obama re-election campaign, which is absurd. It goes along with his narcissism. Oh boo hoo Arapio. You’ve pounded yourself on the chest over the years more times than Barnum and Bailey ever promoted their “Greatest Show on Earth.”

Speaking of shows, you have created one, but it’s not funny or entertaining any longer. You have cost the taxpayers of this county incredible sums of money for you and your staff’s malfeasance and ineptitude. You have consistently trampled on the civil rights of people of all races, color and creed. You have either attempted to or have succeeded in ruining the lives and careers of many upstanding and innocent members of our community who have taken issue with you or your policies.

Live by the sword, die by the sword. It’s now time for you to stand up and take your medicine like a man. After the lawsuit was filed, you boasted to the media that you would never go out without a fight. What are you going to do if you lose in court? Barricade yourself in your office and start shooting?

We shouldn’t be shocked. This man is not of sound mind. He is and always has conducted himself in a narcissistic and sociopathic manner.

Frankly, we should not be all that happy with this CIVIL lawsuit. The Department of Justice should have filed CRIMINAL charges. They have the evidence. People have died. People have been hurt badly. This watered-down, weak-kneed civil lawsuit that demands that Arpaio allow the feds to monitor the activities of the sheriff and his employees is almost laughable. Can’t imagine that scenario having any legs. Facts are: Arpaio is a criminal and should go to jail. How about pink underwear and Tent City?

It’s a dry heat.

• Jon Beydler is a 34-year Valley resident and the former Mayor of Fountain Hills who lives in south Chandler.

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Chet
Chet

In the 1980's, Joe was working at his wife's travel agency selling trips to the moon. Look it up, he did interviews with local news folks pitching that scam. He's a con man going way back.

Now he runs a department that violates the Constitutional rights of American's and journalists. The highest law in America is the US Constitution, not Mr. Arpaio.

Funny how Mister Arpiao steps all over the Constitution and yet his supporters all claim to be "patriots".

True Patriots want this man tried and if found guilty, convicted and sentenced.

Time to turn this conman into a convict.

afnanalog
afnanalog

Beydler, Like all good Democrats, Doesn't want anybody in the way of allowing ILLEGAL immigrant voting. That's the only way they can get their czarist regime in place.

As for journalists... they're all village idiots, otherwise unemployable [innocent]

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