Skip to comments.Conyers seeks DoJ probe into controversial sheriff
Posted on 02/15/2009 3:34:34 PM PST by Baladas
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and three fellow Democrats want the Department of Justice to investigate civil rights complaints against controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The lawmakers, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sent Friday, are seeking a probe into reports Arpaio has used skin color as a basis to search for illegal immigrants in Arizona.
Conyers and Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) want to end a federal agreement that allows the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to enforce immigration laws if the allegations turn out to be accurate.
It is hardly the first time Arpaio, sheriff of Arizona's largest county, has attracted criticism from those who take issue with his approach. Last year, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon (D) and several immigrant rights groups called for a similar investigation, according to the Arizona Republic.
Arpaio has been at the center of other national controversies before, including instituting volunteer chain gangs and issuing prisoners pink underwear.
Conyers and his fellow committee members accuse Arpaio of ordering deputies to search largely Hispanic neighborhoods in and around Phoenix for illegal immigrants. Those in the Hispanic community, the lawmakers wrote, "feel under siege."
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We knew it was coming. I think Sheriff Joe will go rounds with these assclowns, though.
Trying to keep attention off himself and his wife I suspect.
The country would be better off if Sheriff Joe were Attorney General.
He should have searched the Amish community.
Detroit doesn't have any problems that he could take time to address. That's why he goes out to Arizona to stir it up. /s
You would think this clown would worry about what going on with crap in Michigan wouldn't you?
Conyers ought to bend over and have someone “probe” him.
After receiving this “letter” from the four non-Arizona asshats in D.C., Joe sent his boys out on Valentine’s day with warrants and pink handcuffs for deadbeat dads. They arrested 77. LOL! Joe doesn’t think very highly of politicians. Especially ‘RAT politicians.
Oh, yeah, we can’t have a sheriff who actually goes after the real law breakers and makes them pay the penalty. It is much better if the cops ignore real criminals and concentrate on jaywalkers and people who spit on the street. Frickin’ asshats!
His wife is a regular ole ghetto soap opera.
If anyone should be investigated, it’s John Commieyers and the lunatic he married ...
John should be more concerned about Monica’s well being in the general population unit.
True, but wrong witch. Conyers just needs to see who's in bed with him tomorrow morning. Witch enough.
Send treats to the troops...
Great because you did it!
You gotta show some respect all up in here yo.
How dare this sheriff enforce the law. Doesn’t he know these people vote for Democrats?
We had a good time, too! We also brought in some illegals.
Zoe Lofgren is part of this? Figures.
Hey, Sofa how the heck are ya’ ole chum?
Great job!!! You guys done good!!!
Well, has he found any there? If so, he should keep looking. Duh!
BTW, Arpaio sounds like a Hispanic name. Doesn't that give him immunity from being racist against his own people?
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano might have something to do with this Arpaio probe.
I love the sign in the background. "Strong ... for Detroit". What's the unemployment rate in Detroit these? 10%+? Oh wait! I forgot. It's not his fault. It's Bush's fault.
What a waste of platelets these two are.
TPD!! How are ya, me ol’mate???
Conyers is unclear about the part in the oath where one swears to uphold the Constitution.
Conyers, etc. are actively and intentionally working to destroy the United States.
History and law-enforcement background
Arpaio’s mother died while giving birth to him, and Arpaio was raised by his father, a grocery store owner. He completed high school and worked in his father's business until age 18 when he enlisted in the United States Army.
Arpaio served in the Army from 1950-1954 in the Medical Detachment Division and was stationed in France for part of the time as a military policeman.
Following his discharge from the Army in 1954 he moved to Washington, D.C. and became a policeman, moving in 1957 to Las Vegas, Nevada. He would serve in Nevada only six months before obtaining a job as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration. During his 25-year tenure with DEA, he was stationed in both Turkey and Mexico, and advanced to the position of head of the DEA’s Arizona branch.
In 1992, Arpaio successfully campaigned for the office of Maricopa County Sheriff. He was reelected in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 with considerable support of the county voters.
He married Ava Arpaio in 1958. The couple currently has two children and four grandchildren.
Notice none of the politicians mentioned are actually from AZ. Why in hell should CA reps have anything to say about an AZ Sheriff? We're getting ready to release 60,000 prisoners because of a judge's ruling. They need to take care of our own business.
This is politics, Napolitano using her position to harass this extremely effective and popular Sheriff. I think/hope/pray state's rights vs. the federal gov't is going to be a big part of politics from now on.
Sheriff Joe, whom I absolutely love, is not happy about this and he is not a man to be messed with.
Bad sheriff. Bad, bad sheriff.
We ain’t got nuttin’ better to do then lean on you cause you
a bad, bad sheriff.
Anything to help the perps and dog the good guys.
Pretty good here. How about you?
Not been getting to the old threads much,
we’ve had to let some part timers go, and
we’ve had to pick up the slack of less man/woman
power. At least the doors are still open...for now.
You take care of yourself, my FRiend. These are strange times, indeed
My reaction to this is the DEMS are sticking their heads into the mouth of a lion. lol
It’s too difficult to find good public servants like Arpaio, and he has very high local support.
Arpaio for 2012!!
Sheriff Arpaio being investigated by a bunch of crooked degenrate marxist rat bastards. How “2009.”
If they investigate him, he’ll get 90% of the votes at the next election.
Well I guess, but as head of Homeland Security she wouldn't need them to tell her to do her job she could just have her own department ask the FBI to make the probe. The accusation is silly on it face.
He’s not Hispanic..you’ve never heard of him before? really? Or were you just being funny.
The dems in congress are absolutely drunk with power. I’d love to see that sherrif answer a few of these clowns questions.
Why would you want to look for Illegals.... Number two in the World for Kidnappings is?? Phoenix Arizona....
Hmm so the Sheriff should Ignore the Laws??
Conyers is merely seeking to protect part of the coalition that elects him, “The Divine One,” etc. etc.
Conyers is the one who needs to be probed.
Yes they are, and that will be their ‘undoing’.
I would love to see a showdown on this and the Fairness Doctrine, then move down the road...
***The dems in congress are absolutely drunk with power. Id love to see that sherrif answer a few of these clowns questions.***
I’ve heard of Joe Arpaio, but I don’t know his family background.
John Conyers should be committed. He is certifiable.
This fact and story has been, until recently, successfully "buried" by Janet Napolitano, the Arizona Republic (Repugnant), and by the liberal democrat Chief of Police for Phoenix.
Let these guys go after Sheriff Joe... He will just rub their noses in this mess in very public ways, and will take lots of pleasure in pointing out the idiocy of the entire situation and the failure of liberals to address very serious and very real problems.
Yes, Joe has a huge ego, but so what... "It ain't braggin' if you can back it up."