Maricopa County Sheriff's Department burn down a house and kill puppy over traffic citations

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35 Responses to “Maricopa County Sheriff's Department burn down a house and kill puppy over traffic citations”

  1. Unka Willbur says:

    You know, I think this video pretty much sums up the respect (or lack thereof) Maricopa County residents have for Sheriff Jo(k)e.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Until the people of Maricopa county wake up and stop electing that sociopath Joe Arpaio as their sherrif their community will be looked down upon by civilized people and they will continue to suffer these violations of their constitutional rights. You reap what you sow.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Jesus, this story is from 2004. Arpaio hasn’t stopped being a dickwad during the ensuing three years; couldn’t you have found a more recent debacle?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I hate that term, “cop-killer” bullets. Any center fire rifle cartridge could be a “cop killer”, soft kevlar without ceramic inserts will only protect up to about .44 Magnum pistol round, it will do nothing against something like a deer rifle. Ignorance and FUD.

  5. Tian says:

    The article in Phoenix Newtimes is from 2005.

  6. Tian says:

    2004. Sorry.

  7. Teresa Nielsen Hayden/Moderator says:

    Sheriff Joe is another in Arizona’s long line of acutely embarrassing public officials.

    Also, what Tanner said about the New Times. You have to learn to sieve the news out of its chronically bad prose.

  8. Anonymous says:

    anyone know what happened next then? :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Maybe the ending of “Bad Santa” wasn’t that much a stretch.

  10. hoyt says:

    You should make a correction to your headline. There is a big difference between the Phoenix Police Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.

    The Sheriff has done some things to irritate me but he is a lover of animals and diligently investigates animal abuse. If an officer really did as reported, I’m sure the Sheriff went after him.

  11. Agit says:

    What the hell is this supposed to be????

    “#28 posted by Anonymous , September 10, 2007 8:15 PM:

    Tht ths pst s stll httng BngBng’s frnt pg ftr hvng bn prvn t b svrl yrs ld s rprhnsbl. Gt yr sht tgthr, ppl!”

    This is coming from someone that doesn’t know what a vowel is.

    #30 posted by Anonymous , September 10, 2007 9:38 PM:

    bvsly, th lctn cmpgnng s bgnnng rly ths yr wth ll th nt rp brgd t n frc t drdg p ld crp tht dsn’t vn prtn t wht s hppnng tdy.
    vryn sms t fl t mntn tht th SWT tm tht ws nvlvd n ths rd ws trnsfrrd. Ys, th whl ntr tm.
    Thr ws lmst s mch wlng, thn, t.

    t dsn’t mttr wht rp ds…thr r fw wh wll trsh hm fr t…spclly f thy r rnnng gnst hm n th nxt lctn.

    Whl y’r chckng t th Nw Slm rtcl n ths rd, hv lk s t ll th thr rtcls thy hv wrttn bshng J. Thn hv lk t sm f thr thr rtcls. Fnd n, jst n tht spprts nyn r nythng… dr y.

    Thr ws wy t mch BS n th lst lctn nd t lks lk ths n wll b th sm.”

    Why bother moderating Anon comments if you are going to let these travesties get posted???

    You either need a new keyboard with vowels or to take a basic English language class.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Want to see how the law enforcement community views this? Read:

    http://www.lawenforcementforums.com/forums/showthread.php?p=253298

    Or ” Liberal news media slams Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department….just wow”

    Comments like “if I was Sheriff Joe I might pass down a memo telling my patrol guys to make sure Justin’s vehicle and driving was fully compliant with all state statutes.” are really telling.

  13. arborman says:

    At the bottom of the article there is much discussion of the ‘refrigerator next to the bed’. People keep fridges next to their beds in Phoenix?

  14. Chris says:

    Whoa hey Tian! 2004? I don’t even recall seeing this event on the news at all.

    Anyways… This isn’t surprising to me in the least. In 10 years of living in Phoenix – I pretty much got used to news like this all the time. I was always more afraid of the cops than perps.

    Try filling a false prescription at your friendly neighborhood Walgreen’s with your baby in the car. Or having tuberculosis.

  15. Kevin Andrew Murphy says:

    If the extent of the unhappiness was GRUMBLE GROWL “I’m very unhappy with this” and on to the next order of business, rather than charging the officers, then I seriously question the “diligence.”

    I think he sounds like a politician who does whatever’s convenient at the moment, personally.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This was also the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, not the Phoenix PD.

  17. Anonymous says:

    The organization is called Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office; they are not a department.

  18. Anonymous says:

    You meant Saddam’s Uranium, not plutonium.

  19. Anonymous says:

    “MCSO stormed the house believing there was a cache of stolen automatic weapons and armor-piercing ammunition…. Instead of finding weapons of mass destruction, they discovered an antique shotgun and a 9 mm pistol that appear to be legal weapons.”

    This in itself should have negated the arrest. This falls under the “illegal search and seizure” law. They did NOT find any illegal weapons, therefor they had no reason to make an arrest. Regardless of whether the person had an active warrant or not, they were unjustified in the manner in which the arrest was made. I really hope the person that was arrested made a bankroll from Joe A. and the MCSO. That’s ridiculous. (By the way, I know this is a very old discussion, yet it still pisses me off.)

  20. Anonymous says:

    Sue, Sue, Sue and see if they still laugh at that burning dog !!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Besides all of the above issues, the enforcement agency involved is the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Department, NOT the Phoenix Police Department.

  22. Anonymous says:

    (anonymous only because my account is having trouble)

    Although it sounds like the situation was a crazy overreaction, it’s just disingenuous to suggest that the raid was “over traffic citations.” It sounds bad enough without exaggerating.

  23. Henry says:

    How else will he be able to fulfill his goal of filling the jails? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Arpaio

  24. Anonymous says:

    @ ANONYMOUS: There are such things as “armor-piercing rounds”. Perhaps YOU need to do some research.

    For instance:

    AN ARMOR PIERCING PROJECTILE CONTAINS A CORE OF EITHER HARDENED STEEL OR TUNGSTEN CARBIDE WHICH ALLOWS IT TO PENETRATE METAL OBJECTS. SOME TYPES OF AMMUNITION MAY CONTAIN A MILD CORE SUCH AS FOUND IN EUROPEAN AND CHINESE 7.62X39MM.

    (The above information taken as-is from a sales resource for various ammo and firearm parts – links removed due to sale of most items on the site to civilians being illegal in the USA).

    It’s rifle ammo in the above example (AK-47, FN-FAL, Druganov Sniper Rifle, etc), but there ARE handgun versions as well. A .50 Caliber Desert Eagle for instance can use normal rounds and still penetrate a vest like it was a sheet of paper. If one were to use the hardened ammo…

    One example of “armor-piercing” handgun ammo:

    The FN Herstal SS190 5.7 x 28mm cartridge. It can be fired by the FN Herstal P90 and PS90 carbines, and the FN Herstal Five-SeveN semi-auto pistol.

    Take the following into account:

    In the United States, “armor-piercing rounds” are only legally available to the military and law enforcement.

    In the United States, The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) certifies three levels of body armor. The most commonly worn, Level IIA, offers realistic protection against all .22, .25, .32, .380, and .38, caliber handgun ammunition, against most 9mm, .357 Magnum, .40 S&W, .45 ACP and .44 Magnum handgun ammunition and against 000 (double-ought) buck shotgun pellets. Level II and Level IIIA armor protects from even greater threats including 12 gauge shotgun slugs and the “hottest” .44 Magnum rounds.

    All of the above armor is worthless against rifle ammo. That being said, this is if they wear the armor without the ceramic or steel alloy inserts. Once the ceramic/steel alloy inserts are in place, they can even withstand quite a few rifle ammo rounds (of course, this is caliber/material dependent).

  25. Antinous says:

    Oversalt their burgers. That’ll teach em.

  26. Calton says:

    My guess is that the original post contained vowels, but they were deliberately removed by the moderator — who happens to be famous for applying that technique to comments she disapproves of.

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disemvoweling for details.

  27. Anonymous says:

    This story was resurrected because of the recent mess in which a Chandler, AZ police officer left his K9 in a vehicle for 12 hours- after which point it was found dead, of course, being the middle of the Arizona summer. The guy was head of the Chandler K9 squad, and he was apparently “distracted” as soon as he hit the front door as his son informed him first thing that he had been in a car accident. Doesn’t forgive the officer, but it probably broke his train of thought, leading to the tragedy.

    Some time after that, Chandler PD said they wouldn’t press charges. Naturally, the showboat sheriff that he is, Joe took it upon himself for his animal cruelty team to look into it- and they arrested him, booked him, and everything.

    So, the Phoenix New Times re-ran an article from 2004, as above, with the whole story about the sheriff’s SWAT team and their misadventures- including what happened to the dog. That’s the back story.

    Joe’s full of dirty tricks; that’s how he manages to keep getting re-elected, like pulling stories from the grave about his opposition. The guy manages to keep a publicist on staff- for six figures- who manages to keep Joe in the print and TV media, making it look like he’s doing something. Meantime, settlements involving his restraint chair have cost the county $millions, and have done nothing but raise the deductible on the insurance policy for the sheriff’s office- costing taxpayers even more because of the lawsuits they keep losing. End result: fewer officers on the streets.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Tht ths pst s stll httng BngBng’s frnt pg ftr hvng bn prvn t b svrl yrs ld s rprhnsbl. Gt yr sht tgthr, ppl!

  29. inFinit Loop says:

    first thing, this is old (but still not any less appalling). second, this is the SHERIFF department, not the “cops”. there are a few problems with the various police departments around the valley, but they are for the most part decent people trying to do decent work. the SHERIFF department here (home of world-famous jackass Sheriff Joe) is a joke. They are malicious, dangerous, over-funded (they have an anti-tank “anti-terrorism” machine-gun-mounted jeep for fsm’s sake) and frequently stupid. Sheriff Joe apparently has too many connections in the various media outlets around so he’s able to bury any bad publicity pretty easily. That’s why you don’t hear about much of what goes on, and usually what you do hear about is only his PR stunts. I think the author of the New Times article is a little obsessed with exposing the horrible things that happen in the sheriff’s dept, but at least someone is (even if, as one commenter points out, he’s not the best reporter around).

  30. Anonymous says:

    There’s no such thing as “armor piercing bullets” (black tallons are regular hallow-points). Do your research, even the cops know there aren’t but use that as an excuse. Any rifle bullet will pierce armor, but a handgun won’t.
    They’re probably referring to hollowed-point bullets, which fragment on impact, not pierce armor.

  31. tanner says:

    Not only is it old, it’s veeerrry trashily written. That reporter should be fired, hired again, and fired a second time for good measure. Nobody should print stories like that and call it “reporting”.

    The new times commonly report stories in that fashion.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Old story and this clip does not mention the other guy who lived there that was on probation and was in prison for armed robbery. Everyone just talks about the guy who got arrested for parking tickets.

  33. Anonymous says:

    bvsly, th lctn cmpgnng s bgnnng rly ths yr wth ll th nt rp brgd t n frc t drdg p ld crp tht dsn’t vn prtn t wht s hppnng tdy.
    vryn sms t fl t mntn tht th SWT tm tht ws nvlvd n ths rd ws trnsfrrd. Ys, th whl ntr tm.
    Thr ws lmst s mch wlng, thn, t.

    t dsn’t mttr wht rp ds…thr r fw wh wll trsh hm fr t…spclly f thy r rnnng gnst hm n th nxt lctn.

    Whl y’r chckng t th Nw Slm rtcl n ths rd, hv lk s t ll th thr rtcls thy hv wrttn bshng J. Thn hv lk t sm f thr thr rtcls. Fnd n, jst n tht spprts nyn r nythng… dr y.

    Thr ws wy t mch BS n th lst lctn nd t lks lk ths n wll b th sm.

  34. Anonymous says:

    As Phoenix satirist/songwriter Page the Village Idiot so eloquently puts it:

    So don’t fuck up no matter what you do,
    Or Sheriff Joe will get medieval on you.
    He’s got his own horse, he’s got his own posse,
    Congratulations Arizona, you elected a Nazi!

  35. transmothra says:

    Utterly shocking, date & journalistic quality notwithstanding.

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