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  • AZ Sheriff: 'Obama Has Led The Largest Prison Break In U.S. History'

    09/11/2015 1:01:13 PM PDT · by absentee · 23 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 9/11/15 | Caleb Howe
    VIDEO: On Fox Business Network on Friday, Sheriff of Arizona's Pinal County Paul Babeu was on to discuss illegal immigration and illegal immigrant crime, when he dropped a rhetorical bomb on the President's policies to date: "A lot people talk about the 12 to 20 million illegals who are here. Let's talk about the 67,000, the smaller portion of criminal illegals who've committed serious, violent crimes in our country who have been released. President Obama has led the largest prison break in U.S. history releasing these criminals." A hard line indeed. Babeu points out the common sense and obvious point...
  • Pima County may vote to refuse to hire smokers

    12/07/2014 8:57:08 PM PST · by Ken H · 25 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | December 05, 2014 | Mariana Dale
    The Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote this month on whether to refuse to hire smokers and put a major pinch on the pocketbooks of those who already work there. The two-part policy would take effect in July 2015. It prevents the county from hiring smokers and slaps a 30 percent health insurance surcharge on employees who do smoke or use other tobacco products. -snip- “It’s not an attempt to punish anybody,” said Human Resources Director Allyn Bulzomi. “It’s an attempt to encourage people to be healthy.”
  • Where was the Reverend Al when police killed Hispanic Iraq war vet Jose Guerena?

    03/24/2012 1:20:13 AM PDT · by jay0718 · 9 replies
    Generation Snooki ^ | March 24, 2012 | Jay Stephenson
    Where was the Reverend Al when police killed Hispanic Iraq war vet Jose Guerena? Jay Stephenson March 24 2012 On May 5 last year, former Marine and Iraq war veteran Jose Guerena was just minding his business before police raided his Arizona home and opened fire, releasing more than 70 rounds in 7 seconds while his wife Vanessa and 4-year old son listened from a nearby closet. Armed with SWAT gear and an armored carrier, police no knock raided the Guerena home searching for illegal drugs that were never found. He was suspected of taking part in a marijuana...
  • Report Mark Kelly to the Pima County District Attorney (Vanity)

    03/26/2013 9:53:39 AM PDT · by mnehring · 27 replies
    FR & Various
    Recently, Mark Kelly attempted to purchase an AR-15 from a Tucson gun dealer to make a political point about background checks. In doing so, Mark Kelly completed ATF Form 4473. Question 11.a. states the following: Are you the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm(s) listed on this form? Warning: You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person. If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s)to you.Upon signing the form, Mark Kelly acknowledged this: I certify that my answers to Section A are true, correct, and complete. I...
  • Family of Marine Killed in Arizona SWAT Raid Sues Pima County for $20 Million

    08/18/2011 8:25:56 AM PDT · by Immerito · 266 replies ^ | August 17, 2011 | E. D. Kain
    Jose Guerena was killed by a Pima County SWAT team back in May. His wife, Vanessa, and 4-year-old son were in the home at the time but were fortunately unharmed when police fired dozens of bullets into the home. Guerena himself did not fire on police, but police reported he was holding a rifle when they broke the door down. Follow-up investigations have shown that Guerena was related to people likely involved in criminal activity, but Guerena himself appears to have been on the sidelines. Now Vanessa Guerena is filing suit against Pima County to the tune of $20 million...
  • Attorney Representing Vanessa Guerena Files $20 Million Dollar Claim in Tucson

    08/12/2011 11:58:58 PM PDT · by chulaivn66 · 24 replies
    KOLD TV 13 TUCSON, AZ ^ | 08/12/2011 | chulaivn66
    The attorney representing Vanessa Guerena filed a twenty-million dollar lawsuit today naming all of the agencies whose members participated in the SWAT raid, Pima County and the several agencies employing them and Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. See the filing PDF link at KOLD.COM for the listing of names and agencies involved in the filing. Chris Scileppi, the attorney called the raid needless and in a report shown on KOLD TV channel 13 Tucson, a tape ran showing Mrs. Guerena at the door of the home, approached by SWAT members and dragged from the doorway across the gravel front yard after tripping...
  • No arrests 3 months after killing by SWAT

    08/05/2011 10:16:16 AM PDT · by petitfour · 19 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 8/5/2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    No arrests have been made in the three months since Jose Guerena was killed by a SWAT team during a raid of his home that officials said was part of a complex drug-trafficking investigation involving numerous people. Stolen cars, drugs, cash and weapons were found in another one of the four houses raided that May 5 morning, but Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said no one has been arrested because an ongoing homicide investigation tied to this case is "much bigger." "We could go out and make some arrests today, and we could've made some arrests some time ago, but we have...
  • Leader of Pima County's GOP faces removal effort (Criticizing botched SWAT raid that killed Guerena)

    07/02/2011 1:49:24 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 87 replies
    AZ Star ^ | 07/02/2011 | By Rhonda Bodfield Arizona Daily Star
    Pima County Republican Party leaders voted late Thursday to take party chairman Brian Miller’s keys to the GOP headquarters away and call a special meeting to try to remove him from his post. Miller has been under fire from party stalwarts for the past month, with multiple meetings called in recent weeks after he criticized a SWAT raid in May that resulted in the shooting death of a man law enforcement officers said they suspected of involvement in drug dealing. Several elected officials and party leaders have complained that his comments pitted the party against law enforcement at a time...
  • Stolen assault rifle found in home of ex-Marine killed by SWAT

    06/23/2011 8:58:10 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 114 replies ^ | 23 June 2011 | Mindy Blake
    Tucson Police confirm that a weapon they found in Jose Guerena's home had been stolen in 2008. SWAT officers killed Guerena in his southwest side home last month when they went to serve a search warrant. Investigators say Guerena pointed an assault rifle at officers when they went in the house.
  • Morning Poll: Were Pima County SWAT Officers Justified in Shooting at Ex-Marine -- 71 Times

    06/16/2011 10:47:39 AM PDT · by NoNAIS · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Phoenix NewsTimes ^ | July 16, 2011 | James King
    We want to know what you think: were SWAT officers justified in shooting Guerena?
  • SWAT: We said, 'Open up' at least twice

    06/04/2011 11:23:17 AM PDT · by petitfour · 151 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 6/4/2011 | Jamar Younger
    The SWAT officers who shot and killed a man while serving a search warrant last month gave at least two commands for someone to open the door before knocking it open, according to documents released Friday. The officers told investigators that, upon opening the door, they saw a man appear in the hallway holding a rifle before they saw what they thought were muzzle flashes from his gun. It was later determined Jose Guerena's rifle was on safety and he didn't fire at the officers. The Pima County Sheriff's Department released hundreds of evidence photos and transcribed interviews with the...
  • Judge postpones ruling of warrant unsealing in fatal SWAT shooting

    05/31/2011 7:26:05 PM PDT · by petitfour · 10 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | 5/31/2011 | Ina Ronquillo
    TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Pima County Superior Court Judge Deborah Bernini has postponed her decision on the warrant unsealing in the fatal SWAT shooting death case that left Jose Guerena, 26, dead. Judge Bernini said during a hearing Tuesday afternoon that she needs to meet with Pima County Sheriff's Investigators to discuss why the records should remain sealed since information has already been released in the case. Mike Storie, attorney for Pima County SWAT and Christopher Scileppi, attorney representing the Guerena family have already spoken publicly about the case. Judge Bernini hopes to have her final ruling made by the end...
  • What Does the SWAT Marine Data Dump Prove? (More details about the raid)

    05/28/2011 2:51:53 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 63 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | 05/28/2011 | Tim Cavanaugh
    As Mike Riggs noted earlier, helmetcam footage of the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff's Department SWAT raid that killed 26-year-old Marine Iraq veteran Jose Guerena has been released. The footage is part of a larger release that includes a debriefing [pdf] with Sgt. Bob Krygier, the primary supervisor per se during the operation; audio of the 911 call made by widow Vanessa Guerena (the only adult proximate witness to the slaying not affiliated with Arizona law enforcement); and a transcript [pdf] of Vanessa Guerena's interrogation shortly after Jose Guerena's death. Those links come from Fernanda Echávarri's excellent coverage in the Arizona...
  • Pima County SWAT: Guerena wearing ‘boxer briefs’ when shot

    05/29/2011 5:03:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies · 1+ views ^ | 27 May, 2011 | Howard Nemerov
    Are these indications of cover-up, or just poor reporting? Earlier this week, Pima County Sheriff’s Department acknowledgeda SWAT raid where Tucson resident Jose Guerena was shot and killed during a multi-residence search warrant executed for an alleged home invasion ring. Sergeant Bob Krygier, SWAT supervisor, said no SWAT entered the house, but that shooting commenced “about two or three seconds” after breaching the front door. [Page 3, line 39 of PDF document] Officers didn’t enter Guerena’s house until after sending in a robot to determine he was dead. Reportedly, “about $100,000 in cash, marijuana and firearms were seized that morning...
  • The Jose Guerena Raid: A Demonstration of Tactical Incompetence

    05/29/2011 7:28:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 169 replies · 1+ views ^ | 27 May, 2011 | Herschel Smith
    Helmet camera footage of the SWAT team raid on the home of Jose Guerena has been released. Bob Owen noticed the same thing I did. One of the team members fell in the doorway upon breaching and entering the home. The video speaks for itself, but by way of summary, let’s observe the following. First, Mr. Guerena’s weapon, contrary to initial accounts by the SWAT team, was never taken off of safety. The team took no shots from him. Second, the team mills around for a while before breaching the home. Third, they don’t form into a stack. Fourth, absurdly,...
  • 911 tapes released in deadly SWAT shooting

    05/17/2011 10:28:58 AM PDT · by petitfour · 77 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | 5/17/2011 | Joel Waldman
    TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) – 9-1-1 recordings from a deadly SWAT shooting reveal some tense moments: 911: Is law enforcement at your house, ma'am? Is law enforcement at your house? (Are they) inside or outside your residence? Guerena: They are outside, but they came inside! They were inside. They were (inaudible) going to shoot me. And, I put my kid in front of me. They were going to hit me! 911: Ok, I need you to calm down. Fear and panic from the wife of decorated Marine Jose Guerena's. Vanessa Guerena called 9-1-1 the morning of May 5th, the day SWAT...
  • A look inside the world of Tucson Police S.W.A.T.

    05/16/2011 4:49:07 PM PDT · by petitfour · 41 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | 5/16/2011 | KGUN9
    TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - They are the best of the best responding to the worst situation in Tucson. Let's put it this way, when Police call 91-1 they get S.W.A.T. Little is known about the team members that make up Special Weapons and Tactics. They are the highly skilled and specially trained to handle every and any emergency. David Ortiz, a Medic with S.W.A.T. says," The goal for the S.W.A.T. Team really is to save lives." Before you sit side by side with the most elite part of the Tucson Police force on you to way to resolve a high risk...
  • Former Marine killed by SWAT was acting in defense, family says

    05/11/2011 4:48:15 PM PDT · by WaterBoard · 141 replies · 1+ views ^ | May 11, 2011 | Joel Waldman
    Jose Guerena, 26, was killed when a SWAT team came to his house to serve a search warrant Guerena's wife, Vanessa, said the SWAT team did not identify themselves Thinking it was a home invasion, Guerena got his rifle Now, Pima County Sheriff's officials are refuting original claims that Guerena fired at the SWAT members. In fact, they confirmed his safety was still on when his gun was recovered. Also, officials said that reports that some SWAT officers' shields were riddled with bullets are also untrue. SWAT gunned Jose down with 71 rounds fired in just about seven seconds; officials...
  • Medical care blocked for Marine Veteran killed by SWAT - update

    05/12/2011 4:38:06 AM PDT · by WaterBoard · 154 replies
    KGUN9-TV ^ | May 11, 2011 | KGUN9-TV
    TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - 9 On Your Side has uncovered startling new information in the case of a man SWAT team members killed Thursday. Medical attention was standing by to try to save Jose Guereńa. Paramedics waited more than an hour. Then deputies sent them away By then Guereńa was dead.
  • Probe clears 5 SWAT-raid officers

    06/14/2011 6:32:12 PM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 285 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 6-14-2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    The five SWAT officers who shot and killed 26-year-old Jose Guerena while serving a search warrant May 5 have been cleared of any wrongdoing. The Pima County Regional SWAT team members -from four law enforcement agencies in the county - were justified in using deadly force against Guerena, according to an investigation by the Pima County Attorney's Office.
  • Should PCSD reconsider their policy in deciding whether to use a SWAT team when executing <snip>?

    06/02/2011 3:30:21 PM PDT · by AZ .44 MAG · 22 replies · 1+ views
    KGUN 9 TV ^ | 6-2-2011 | KGUN 9 TV
    Poll asks if Pima County Sheriff's Department should reconsider using SWAT team to execute search warrants.
  • SWAT raid draws criticism of Sheriff Dupnik

    06/01/2011 9:35:19 PM PDT · by Jim 726 · 22 replies
    TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – The raid on former Marine Jose Guerena's home has garnered national and international attention, raising numerous questions about excessive force and proper SWAT protocol, with Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik at the center on an increasingly heated and political debate. The Pima County Sheriff's Department released limited information on the debate, including yielding hundreds of documents, granting an interview with a lieutenant and raw video on the raid. Meanwhile, Dupnik has refused interviews, citing the need to maintain the integrity of the investigation. However, the raw video has not quelled the debate over the SWAT raid or...
  • Dupnik: Raid stemmed from 20-mo. probe

    06/01/2011 1:06:37 AM PDT · by petitfour · 76 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 6/1/2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    The man killed in a SWAT team raid last month had been under investigation by the Pima County Sheriff's Department for 20 months as part of a major drug and homicide investigation, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Tuesday during an editorial meeting with the Star. But details of the investigation into Jose Guerena's activities won't be released because an informant for the Sheriff's Department could be in danger, Dupnik said. "There's a chance that our informant is going to get killed," he said. Guerena was killed when SWAT officers fired 71 rounds from the front door of his home in the...
  • Man killed in SWAT raid was under investigation 20 months, sheriff says

    05/31/2011 7:06:41 PM PDT · by petitfour · 86 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 5/31/2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    The man killed in a SWAT team raid last month had been under investigation by The Pima County Sheriff’s Department for 20 months as part of a major drug and homicide investigation, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Tuesday during an editorial meeting with the Star. But details of the investigation into Jose Guerena’s activities won’t be released because a criminal informant for the sheriff’s department could be in danger, Dupnik said. “There’s a chance that our informant is going to get killed,” he said. Guerena died after SWAT officers fired 71 rounds from the front door of his home in the...
  • Group protests SWAT death of Tucson Marine (AZ)

    05/31/2011 6:10:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies ^ | 30 May, 2011 | Associated Press and Jared Dillingham
    TUCSON, Ariz. – The death of a former Marine near Tucson continues to stir controversy. A group spent this Memorial Day protesting the SWAT raid which led to his death. Investigation documents reveal officers seized guns, banking documents and other items from the home but did not find drugs or cash.
  • "What Were You Guys Thinking? Why Did You Kill Him?"

    05/27/2011 11:20:50 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 53 replies
    Pro Libertate ^ | 05/27/2011 | William N. Grigg
    "Why, why did you kill him?" a traumatized Vanessa Guerena begged to know as she was interrogated in a makeshift "command center" by detectives from the same Sheriff's Office that had just slaughtered her husband Jose. Her questioners, eager to exploit her trauma to extract information, initially refused to give her a straightforward answer. Jose, who had finished a graveyard shift at the Asarco copper mine, was sleeping when a SWAT team from the Pima County Sheriff's Office laid siege to his home on the morning of May 5. Vanessa was doing laundry, and the couple's four-year-old son Joel was...
  • All four homes in raid tied to Guerena family

    05/28/2011 1:49:58 AM PDT · by petitfour · 420 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 6/28/2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    Records released by the Pima County Sheriff's Department this week show that the four houses served with search warrants the morning of May 5 - when Jose Guerena was shot and killed by a SWAT team - are less than four miles apart and are all connected to the Guerena family. And while initial reports were that doctors told the Guerena family that Jose had been shot 60 times, the Pima County medical examiner's preliminary report says he was shot 22 times. In its sole briefing on the incident, the Sheriff's Department said SWAT team members fired 71 rounds. Aside...
  • SWAT attorney: 71 shots in 7 seconds 'standard operation'

    05/28/2011 12:39:29 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 40 replies
    CBS News 13 KOLD ^ | 5/27/11 | Bud Foster
    A defense attorney for the Pima County Sheriff's SWAT team defended the actions of the officers, saying it was a "standard operation." "When you take into account five shooters, it doesn't seem excessive," says Mike Storie. The five officers fired 71 shots into a small hallway in seven seconds, killing former Marine Jose Guerena. Officers were trying to serve a search warrant, and say the 26-year-old pointed a gun at them. "This is a standard operation," says Storie. "The only thing unusual about this operation is unseen." Unseen, because while a one-minute videotape released by the sheriff's department shows the...
  • Statement of Vanessa Guerena (wife of Marine killed by AZ SWAT.)

    05/27/2011 8:42:35 AM PDT · by Fido969 · 28 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | May 27, 2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    Victim's wife statemeet right after AZ SWAT kills her husband. Part 2 at:
  • AZ Police Under Scrutiny After Opening Fire on and Killing Marine (admit nothing illegal in home)

    05/27/2011 3:03:59 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 107 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/27/2011 | Fox News
    A Marine who was fatally shot in his Arizona home earlier this month reportedly never fired upon the SWAT team that fired at him 70 times. Jose Guerena, a 26-year-old father of two and veteran of the Iraq war, died on May 5 in his home near Tucson, Ariz., during an anti-drug police raid. Authorities initially reported that they thought Guerena fired upon them, but an investigation revealed that no shots were fired, ABC News reports. The SWAT team descended upon Guerena's home thinking it was one of four houses associated with a drug smuggling operation. But nothing illegal was...
  • SWAT Helmet Cam Captures Shooting of Jose Guerena (Pima Co SWAT Raid)

    05/26/2011 10:18:53 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 18 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | 05/26/2011 | Mike Riggs
    Iraq War Veteran Jose Guerena, 26, was shot and killed on May 5 by a Pima County SWAT team that fired 71 bullets through Guerena's front door. The video of that raid, captured on a SWAT helmet cam, is below. Video via The Agitator. See Reason's coverage of Guerena here.
  • Sheriff releases video of SWAT shooting into house of ex-Marine

    05/26/2011 10:23:23 PM PDT · by nparker99 · 211 replies
    KOLD News 13 Tucson ^ | 5/26/2011 | Michael Truelsen
    The Pima County Sheriff's Department released a video Thursday that shows a SWAT team shooting into a suspect's house. He died after being shot 60 times. Jose Guerena, 26, was shot and killed May 5 when Pima County authorities served a search warrant on his home. The Sheriff's department says five SWAT team members fired more than 70 rounds in less than 10 seconds after the former Marine pointed an assault rifle at officers. His wife contends the family thought the officers were robbers. He was shot 60 times
  • Documents: SWAT officer fired 'until his weapon ran dry'

    05/27/2011 12:29:33 AM PDT · by petitfour · 56 replies
    KOLD news ^ | 5/26/2011 | Sonu Wasu
    The Pima County Sheriff's Department released video, audio, and more than 500 pages of incident reports and interview transcripts related to the May 5 shooting death of a former Marine. The shooting took place while officers were serving a warrant in a drug conspiracy case at Jose Guerena's home, on Redwater Street. The SWAT team arrived at the home just before 9:30 a.m., hoping that children would be out of the house and at school at that time. The video of the whole incident times out at 1 minute and 17 seconds. It starts with a team of SWAT officers...
  • Death Squad Damage Control in Tucson

    05/24/2011 12:38:09 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 46 replies
    Pro Libertate ^ | 05/23/2011 | William N. Grigg Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution (emphasis added) The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land…. No person shall be disturbed in his private affairs, or his home invaded, without authority of law. Sections 3 and 8 of the “Declaration of Rights” from the Arizona State Constitution’s “Declaration of Rights” People seeking to defend the manifestly indefensible often sabotage themselves by disclosing critical details...
  • Dupnik won't release more info about SWAT shooting of Tucson man

    05/17/2011 7:17:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | May 17, 2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    The Pima County Sheriff’s Department will release no more information about the circumstances surrounding the killing of Jose Guerena during the serving of a search warrant by the department’s SWAT officers May 5 at his home. Two weeks after the shooting the department has yet to disclose exactly what they were searching for in the Guerena home ... ... On May 5, five members of the SWAT team fired 71 shots at Guerena while serving a search warrant at the 7100 block of South Redwater Drive. He was shot 60 times. The 26-year-old former Marine was sleeping at about 9:30...
  • Raw video: Sheriff's Office interview on fatal SWAT raid

    05/15/2011 12:11:08 PM PDT · by petitfour · 114 replies · 1+ views
    KGUN9 ^ | 5/13/2011 | Jim Shields, Forrest Carr
    This week, KGUN9 News reporter Joel Waldman interviewed Pima Co. Sheriff's Department Lt. Michael O'Connor about the shooting of Jose Guerena, who died last week when a SWAT team tried to serve a search warrant at his Tucson home. The victim's wife Vanessa has stated that neither she nor her husband knew that the people breaking into her home were deputies. She said that her husband, who pointed a rifle at deputies, was only trying to defend himself. Guarena never got off a shot. But SWAT team members fired a total of at least 71 rounds, leaving the home riddled...
  • SWAT entry questioned in Marine's death

    05/13/2011 10:39:22 PM PDT · by petitfour · 50 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | 5/13/2011 | Joel Waldman
    TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A decorated Marine's family cannot believe their loved one, who served two tours of duty overseas, is gone; never expecting him to die here at home at the hands of law enforcement. A Pima County Sheriff's Department SWAT team shot and killed Jose Guerena eight days ago; it was executing a search warrant. Four days ago, in a news conference, a sheriff's deputy said the department makes it clear when SWAT is about to enter a home. Lt. Michael O'Connor says SWAT says it never wants to be mistaken for other people, "We had our large...
  • Pima SWAT likely had highly trained medics at fatal shooting

    05/13/2011 2:19:10 PM PDT · by petitfour · 23 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | 5/13/2011 | Craig Smith
    TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An ambulance crew- forced to stand by for more than an hour-- and not allowed to examine a man shot by a SWAT team. That's what happened in the case of Jose Guereńa. The Marine veteran died a week ago after the SWAT team broke into his house to serve a search warrant. SNIP Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona is a Pima Sheriffs deputy. He helped develop medical training for Pima SWAT deputies that's become a national model. Dr. Carmona can't comment on this specific case but says all Pima SWAT officers have military style...
  • Senate blackballs Pima County from border crime funds

    03/16/2011 10:18:26 PM PDT · by machogirl · 28 replies
    East Valley Tribune ^ | March 16, 2011 | Howard Fischer
    Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik need not apply for a share of funds in the Senate budget to fight border crime. A provision buried in one of the 13 budget bills spells out that the first $1.6 million of available cash go to the sheriff of a county with a population of more than three million. That applies only to Maricopa County. The next $500,000 is earmarked for a sheriff in a county of between 300,000 and 500,000, meaning Pinal. And if there's anything left, it can be allocated to other counties or cities. But not Pima: SB 1621 spells...
  • Frustrated by rightward drift, some Arizona Dems push secession

    03/03/2011 1:36:38 PM PST · by robowombat · 47 replies
    yahoo-News ^ | Wed Mar 2, 11:12 am ET | Zachary Roth
    One Arizona Democrat is so frustrated with his state's conservative politics that he's pushing a novel solution: secession. Paul Eckerstrom, the former Democratic party chairman of Pima County, has formed a political committee, Start Our State, to look into making Pima the 51st U.S. state. Start Our State says its mission is "to establish a new state in Southern Arizona free of the un-American, unconstitutional machinations of the Arizona legislature and to restore our region's credibility as a place welcoming to others, open to commerce, and friendly to its neighbors." Eckerstrom told MSNBC yesterday that he and others in his...
  • Sheriff Dupnik Must Resign

    01/14/2011 3:11:10 AM PST · by Scanian · 40 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 14, 2011 | E.W. Jackson Sr.
    Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, an elected leader entrusted with preserving the rights of the innocent regardless of party affiliation, has made it clear he is unable to carry out his duties in an unbiased manner. Nor is this the first time he has shown himself unable to set politics aside in the performance of his duty. When Arizona passed the bill dealing with illegal immigration, he refused to enforce the law. Now he has claimed that the vitriol of political discourse from Conservatives on radio and television and from the Tea Party led to 19 people being shot, six of them...
  • Sheriff Dupnik, father of inmate junkie jailbird, was honored by "Big Sis" Janet

    01/12/2011 1:50:30 PM PST · by B4Ranch · 29 replies ^ | January 12th, 2011 | Martin Hill
    <p>The information coming out about Arizona's increasingly derided Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik sounds almost too absurd to be true. Unfortunately for him and everyone else, it is true.</p> <p>The Sheriff, who has become infamous worldwide for innapropriately using a tragedy to push his bizarre left-wing political agenda, is himself a failed man: the father of an admitted drug addict and 'attempted' car thief daughter who was sentenced to years in an Arizona prison in 2007. Dupnik, who turned 75 January 11th, has gone on nearly every news program he can find to misdirect the cause of last weeks massacre; pushing a radical anti-American agenda trying to blame conservatives, talk radio hosts, and free speech itself for a crime which by many accounts, Dupnik himself should have been able to prevent. Perhaps upon closer scrutiny, the world will see that the real reason Dupnik is trying to obfuscate the issues is that he refused to arrest and charge Jared Loughner with drug crimes and for making numerous death threats, all acknowledged incidents which occurred over the past year.</p>
  • Dupnik's Real Outrage: Detroit-on-the-Desert

    01/12/2011 11:02:20 AM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/12/11 | Stuart Schwartz
    Clarence Dupnik, extraordinary and courageous law enforcement officer, personally congratulated by our president. That's the portrait of the Pima County sheriff who has become a hero to the national media by blaming the Tucson Safeway massacre on, among others, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party. But reality tells another picture. A little digging and the media that have used the shooting to, as one American Thinker contributor put it, "declare war" on the conservative opposition to Democratic expansion of government would discover a reality completely at odds with the bulk of the reporting by conventional media. But why...
  • The Weakest Link: Dupnik

    01/12/2011 8:06:11 AM PST · by jazminerose · 10 replies ^ | 1/12/11 | Joy Tiz
    NYC Mayor Bloomberg is no longer the most incompetent local official in America. The torch has been passed to Pima County Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik for his disastrous mishandling of Jared Loughner who went on a shooting rampage. Dupnik’s non stop blathering about how talk radio drove Loughner to shoot into a crowd was crazy enough. As the county’s top law enforcement officer, Dupnik is supposed to be investigating a crime, not campaigning for higher office on the Democrat ticket. It’s bad enough that his comments are gifts to Loughner’s defense attorneys. It’s downright Holderesque to assert phony facts without a...
  • Pima County sheriff should remember duty

    01/11/2011 9:50:12 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
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  • Arizona Sheriff Blasts Rush Limbaugh for Spewing 'Irresponsible' Vitriol (Keep It Up Sheriff!)

    01/11/2011 3:43:13 AM PST · by tobyhill · 73 replies
    abc ^ | 1/10/2011 | By SARAH NETTER
    The Arizona sheriff investigating the Tucson shooting that left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded had harsh words today for those engaging in political rhetoric, calling conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh "irresponsible" for continuing the vitriol. "The kind of rhetoric that flows from people like Rush Limbaugh, in my judgment he is irresponsible, uses partial information, sometimes wrong information," Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said today. "[Limbaugh] attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials and that kind of behavior in my opinion is not without consequences." Limbaugh today railed against the media and Dupnik for trying...
  • According to Tucson Blogger, Jared Loughner Is A Product Of Sheriff Dupnik’s Office

    01/10/2011 1:10:51 PM PST · by · 44 replies
    James Kelley, who blogs at The Cholla Jumps, recently published a post titled “Jared Loughner is a product of Sheriff Dupnik’s office” which consists of some pretty damaging information if found to be true. It reads: This is the report that Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has been dreading since the tragic event on Saturday January 8. The sheriff has been editorializing and politicizing the event since he took the podium to report on the incident. His blaming of radio personalities and bloggers is a pre-emptive strike because Mr. Dupnik knows this tragedy lays at his feet and his office....
  • Focus Turns To Arizona's Gun Laws (LAT Features Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik's Anti RTC Rant Alert)

    01/10/2011 1:15:40 AM PST · by goldstategop · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/10/2010 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    Arizona has some of the weakest gun control laws in the nation. To gun owners, those laws — which allow them to carry guns in their cars, in restaurants and other public places — are their last defense against unexpected evil. Gun control activists say the state's laws put weapons into the hands of the mentally unstable, and demand that federal officials impose tougher background checks and reinstate a ban on assault weapons. Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik said the state's gun laws contributed to the shooting. He singled out the law passed last year that allows those 21...
  • County to start cremating crossers (Dead Illegals)

    05/26/2005 6:30:39 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 20 replies · 598+ views
    The Arizona Daily (Red) Star ^ | 26 May 2005 | Michael Marizco
    No more room to bury unclaimed, unidentified bodies By Michael Marizco ARIZONA DAILY STAR The pauper's cemetery is unremarkable. A wind blows dirt over the framed white paper that marks the grave of John Doe No. 9, dead three years. But the cemetery's boundaries, marked by strips of fresh concrete, are widening as more illegal entrants die in Southern Arizona. For Pima County, they represent a grim reality: There's no more room to bury them. Using a state law that became effective last October, Pima County is going to begin cremating the remains of dead illegal border crossers it cannot...
  • Arizona Daily Star presents two different reasons for Ann Coulter column omission last week

    04/26/2005 5:53:52 AM PDT · by \/\/ayne · 4 replies · 840+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | April 26, 2005 | editor
    Editor's note: Ann Coulter's column, which normally appears Saturdays in the Star, was inadvertently left out. This is the column that should have been published Saturday, April 23.