Just when you thought the cartoonish spectacles at the Maricopa County Sheriffs' Office could not get any more absurd, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has made another grandstand media play that could put him in the political Looney Tunes Hall of Fame.
After launching a “Cold Case Posse” last September to investigate the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate, Sheriff Arpaio has now set March 1 as D-Day for the release of the Posse’s findings. Arpaio's supporters are anxiously awaiting what the sheriff promises will be some “shocking” revelations. (Maybe the posse will ride in on horseback toting six guns. You never know with the self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff”.)
Unless you are one of those who breathe the vapors that produce visions of “illegal alien reconquistas” and believe our president is a communist-fascist-atheist and a closet Muslim terrorist, you might ask why a county sheriff would get involved in a federal investigation. But if you’re asking that question, you probably don’t know much about Joe Arpaio.
Sheriff Arpaio has somehow found time for this vital investigation of our president despite a number of pressing local issues. These include:
- At least 32 reported child molestations — with victims as young as 2 years old — where Sheriff Arpaio’s office failed to follow through after the crimes were reported. This negligence brought widespread criticism for the sheriff including a rebuke by Republican Arizona Senator John McCain who was “outraged” over the sheriff’s alleged mishandling of these sex crimes.
- On December 15, 2011 the United States Department of Justice released a report stating Sheriff Arpaio's department engaged in “ a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing” and “engages in racial profiling of Latinos; unlawfully stops, detains, and arrests Latinos.”
- Based on the Justice Department report on discriminatory policing practices within the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Department of Homeland Security revoked the MCSO's federal authority to identify and detain illegal immigrants.
- A federal grand jury has been investigating Arpaio's office on criminal abuse-of-power allegations since at least December 2009 and is specifically examining the investigative work of the sheriff's anti-public corruption squad.
With all this, you’d think Sheriff Joe might have more important local law enforcement matters to attend than staging a hokey media bust of the “Illegal-Alien-in-Chief.” But thinking will only get you in trouble if you support Joe Arpaio.
Sheriff Arpaio’s cartoon-like, Elmer Fudd pursuit of the president along with those “wascal illegal alien invaders” would be amusing — if real human lives weren’t involved. Unfortunately, we will have to endure the next episode of his political looney tunes on March 1. Stay tuned.
Raul Ramos y Sanchez is the award-winning author of AMERICA LIBRE and HOUSE DIVIDED. You can connect with him at RaulRamos.com.