Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Two House Democrats call for Arpaio’s resignation amid botched sex-crimes cases

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX Two Phoenix House Democrats called for Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s resignation today after he didn’t do his job and mishandled 432 sex-crimes cases.

Rep. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix (District 15), a social worker who has advocated for victims of domestic violence and against child abuse, and Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 16), a public safety advocate for all Arizonans, said it was time for Arpaio to step down because he was elected by taxpayers to oversee a law enforcement office but failed, allowing children’s and countless victims to be put in harm’s way.

Victims who get the courage to report sexual abuse to authorities have every right to expect law enforcement to take their report seriously and to investigate it,” Hobbs said. “These cases have been referred to as ‘botched investigations’, but really, this situation is a gross miscarriage of justice. Irreparable damage has been done to these victims and their families. Ultimately Sheriff Arpaio didn’t get the job done, and it’s time for him to recognize it.”

Gallego, ranking member of the Military Affairs & Public Safety committee, pointed out that Arpaio may have been too busy with other distractions to do his job:

  • Investigating his own political enemies
  • Avoiding internal investigations on the officers who botched the cases
  • Misspending $100 million
  • Blaming and dismissing three of his top aides
  • Abusing power, which is being investigated by the feds
  • Ignoring 40,000 outstanding felony arrest warrants for violent criminals

“Sheriff Arpaio can make as many excuses as he wants, but when someone in the United States reports abuse to law enforcement, we investigate it,” Gallego said. “We don’t live in a third world country and Sheriff Arpaio shouldn’t be acting like we do. Our county sheriff’s office should be working to keep all of our children safe.”

Hobbs and Gallego both represent districts in Maricopa County.

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