Maricopa County Supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley and other community leaders today demanded that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu send to the FBI or another law enforcement agency allegations of serious misconduct lodged against Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s chief deputy. Wilcox also said she would formally ask the U.S. Department of Justice to place the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office under federal receivership if the case was not transferred. Already, an attorney who represents the supervisors has informally suggested receivership of Arpaio’s agency if the sheriff refuses to comply with ongoing federal criminal and civil-rights investigations. Wilcox said that suggestion could soon be formalized by the Board of Supervisors.
The demands come after a top Arpaio aide authored a 63-page report that contained explosive allegations of misconduct and mismanagement by Chief Deputy David Hendershott, the sheriff’s second-in-command, and two of his high-ranking subordinates.
Those subordinates, Deputy Chief Larry Black and Capt. Joel Fox, were placed on paid administrative leave Thursday. Hendershott is out on medical leave.
Wilcox and Stapley allege that Hendershott has continued to be involved in day-to-day operations of the office, including court proceedings and budget matters. They asked Arpaio to change Hendershott’s status from medical leave to paid administrative leave pending a full investigation of the allegations against him.
There’s a new sheriff dominating Arizona’s airwaves.
Seemingly overnight, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu went from a local lawman to a national figure.
Outspoken in his support of tough immigration enforcement, he has appeared on TV news programs dozens of times and is fast becoming a known face in political circles.
Critics view him as a calculated politician inserting himself into a heated debate for political gain, prompting one official to quip that Babeu is “unavoidable for comment.”
Supporters say Babeu is motivated by an unflappable desire to stand up for what is right, by the principles that have been pushing him to seek a role on the political stage since he was a teenager.
At 41, Babeu has spent more than half of his life in and out of politics. The lawman began his career running for office, not walking a beat, and seized the Pinal County sheriff’s job on a campaign to oust government corruption.
But his starring role came suddenly, on an April night after one of his deputies had been wounded in a desert shootout with suspected drug smugglers.
Mexico Newspaper Seeks Truce With Insurgents - the news media; always talking the same thing - surrender.
The largest newspaper in Juarez asked the border city’s warring drug cartels Sunday for a truce after the killing last week of its second journalist in less than two years.
In a front-page editorial, El Diario de Juarez asked the cartels what they want from it so it can continue its work without further death, injury or intimidation of its staff.
“Leaders of the different organizations that are fighting for control of Ciudad Juarez: The loss of two reporters from this publishing house in less than two years represents an irreparable breakdown for all of us who work here, and, in particular, for their families,” it said.
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“I don’t need you here, stirring up trouble, especially by shooting. The cartels shot at two people on my land last year. A surveyor and another guy. Right over that hill.” He was referring to the one we had just doubled-back over.
“A surveyor? Like a government surveyor?”
“Damn. What the fuck was he doing that they shot at him? He’s just a fucking surveyor.”
“Well, he was surveying. Doing his job.”
I responded with the “You’ve got to be kidding me.” look you’d expect.
“This is their corridor, where they move everything. Drugs, money, wetbacks. They’ll shoot at anybody. Like I said, if you look like you’re hunting around, looking to interfere with their business, steal their stuff, nab wetbacks, whatever, they’ll shoot you.”
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