America’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio is in a lot of hot water over allegations that he allowed close to 400 sex-crime cases to go under-investigated (if looked into at all). It seems he was too busy ensuring that inmates had on pink underwear and everyone with a tan was detained indefinitely and then sent out of the country.
Many of the victims, some as young as 2-years-old were the children of illegal immigrants.
In El Mirage alone,
officials discovered at least 32 reported child molestations where the sheriff failed to follow through, despite the fact that all but six of those cases had prime suspects. Arpaio’s office was in under contract to provide police services to the city while they reigned in their current dysfunctional department. Once Arpaio’s contract was up the city underwent an audit and discovered these atrocious oversights.
Bill Louis, the man in charge of reviewing the files one Arpaio left believes that the decision not to follow up came from the very top and was made because they knew that the illegal immigrants were less likely to complain about a lack of follow-up.
When El Mirage police finally did follow up on these complaints after Arpaio and his boys moved out, they found most of the suspects and victims missing. Their homes deserted, their phones disconnected, no trace of their whereabouts. Ghosts in the wind, perhaps frightened by the brash and uncaring law enforcement presiding over their case, so close to scooping them off and deporting them on a whim. Punished for their own victimization.
Arpaio acknowledged his office had completed an internal probe into the inadequate investigations, but said, “I don’t think it’s right to get into it until we get to the bottom of this and see if there’s disciplinary action against any employees.”