Wednesday, April 20, 2011

America's Court Jester

He is known for dressing inmates in pink underwear and feeding them green baloney.
And now America's toughest Sheriff has come up with a new initiative to give the public a voice in law enforcement - an online Mugshot of the Day competition.

I don't know about the "America's Toughest Sheriff" title, but he's definitely the most attention seeking.

Some of his policies are kinda humorous, others seem to make sense, but I'm not the one sitting in his jail having to deal with them.
This latest stunt I don't like much at all.

It would be a different argument if he was posting mugshots of convicted inmates, but that's not what these are.
He's holding people up to public ridicule who have not been convicted of any crime. In our system, not convicted means innocent.

I know... mugshots are a matter of public record, but it's a different issue entirely when photos of innocent people are purposefully distributed by those in a position of trust for the purpose of entertainment or ridicule.


Brian said...

Tip of the iceberg. This is the same guy serves a warrant on a suspected cockfighting operation with a fucking tank. With Steven Segal riding shotgun.

Nothing funny about Arpaio. He is a dangerous, violent megalomaniac.

Gino said...

oh yeah, i forgot i heard something about that.

he's been investigated so many times, and seems to still get along though.

Palm boy said...

He's is the Donald Trump of Law Enforcement

Mr. D said...

Grandstanders always suck.