Sheriff Arpaio

Young, brown, and informed

It’s a combination many Republicans in this state fear, especially GOPers like Joe Arpaio who made a career out of profiling and debasing brown people. But whether or not Arpaio wins reelection tomorrow, this group of individuals will change Arizona politics for decades to come. These young Latinos have tasted the power of political activism, …

Sheriff Arpaio’s Willie Horton moment

If you’re old enough, you may remember this infamous Willie Horton ad from the 1988 presidential election between George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis. Many people credited this ad for helping Bush turn the conversation in the campaign and win the presidency. And as attack ads go, this one was definitely one of the best. …

Who’s afraid of Sheriff Arpaio? Not Devin Fleenor

Pardon my French, but it takes balls to take on Joe Arpaio without an army of supporters behind you. So when a virtual unknown, a local artist, decides to self-fund a commercial attacking Sheriff Arpaio, you gotta wonder, “what was he thinking?” He wasn’t thinking about himself, that’s for sure. Instead, he was more concerned …

Parents don’t let parents vote for Joe Arpaio

She was walking home from a friend’s house that night with another teenager, a boy who lived in her neighborhood. She was 14; he was 16. The two were acquaintances and had been at the friend’s house with several other teens. No doubt, this girl assumed she was safe. But without warning and in the …

David vs. Goliath in ‘Two Americans’ film: Goliath still rules

Two Americans isn’t a fairy tale. Two Americans doesn’t have a happy ending. But Two Americans may be one of the most important documentaries you’ll ever see, especially if you live in Maricopa County. The Americans in this story are 79-year-old Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and 9-year-old Katherine Figueroa. Arpaio, the obvious Goliath in …

Wheels of justice are turning, but they need our help

The list reads like a Who’s Who of Sheriff Arpaio’s nearest and dearest allies: Former MCSO Chief Deputy David Hendershott Former MCSO Deputy Chief Larry Black Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas Former Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon One by one, those responsible for helping Sheriff Arpaio take revenge on his enemies or silence his …

Politicians in trouble: Discussing Horne, Arpaio & Patterson on Sunday Square Off

Corruption is the topic of the day on this week’s 12 News Sunday Square Off. Two political heavyweights, Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, are the subject of investigations, while fellow Democrats push for state legislator Daniel Patterson’s removal from office.

Arpaio solves birther controversy, sets posse loose on Loch Ness Monster

The world stands with bated breath, anxiously awaiting the results of Sheriff Arpaio’s investigation into the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate. Or at least that’s what Mr. Arpaio would like to believe. For the vast majority of Americans, this issue was put to rest a long time ago, but for the tea party extremists, …