Critics call for AZ sheriff to resign, be indicted
Critics of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff on Wednesday called for his resignation and for the federal government to indict him and take control of his office amid allegations of corruption, racial profiling, and misspending.
The call for action comes after a recent investigation revealed evidence of corruption among Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's top commanders >>> Asked whether he would resign, Arpaio - widely known for his department's crime and immigration sweeps - told The Associated Press: "Never."
"I have no fear about what these people want," he said. "I think we've done a pretty good job in the sheriff's office. There's always bumps in the road sometimes, but when they come about I take immediate action." >>> Arpaio >>> is responsible for 15,000 employees and delegated a lot of responsibilities.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said he found no evidence that Arpaio knew what was going on among his command staff and placed much of the blame on Hendershott.
A federal grand jury also is investigating Arpaio over abuse-of-power allegations, and the U.S. Justice Department is conducting a civil rights investigation of Arpaio's office and examining jail policies that discriminate against people with limited English skills. >>>
The group of activists calling for Arpaio's resignation also pointed to recently released emails that showed top deputies forwarded offensive jokes to each other >>> making fun of Spanish accents, while another officer circulated a photo of a mock driver's license for a fictional state called "Mexifornia." >>>
In addition to calling on the federal government to file charges against Arpaio, the group of activists said they want the sheriff's office placed into receivership and for the federal government to assume control over it.
=====================================They started this witch hunt late in 2009. How dare he do the job he was hired to do. /s - You do know that having a spine and displaying personal integrity goes counter to "The Chicago Way" and therein lies the problem.
Note to opponents: Go To Hell!