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« on: 2010-November-15 12:59:42 PM »

'Jeneral Joe' Arpaio-Maricopa County sheriff's "sweeps" of Mexicans causes furor

NINE Star 'Jeneral Joe' Arpaio
(NINE!! Count them. 4 on each collar and one on his jacket front. WHAT IS IT WITH THE STAR WORSHIP? MacArthur and Eisenhower only had FIVE and they were in a World War!)
The sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona who uses his public-funded, private army to terrorize Mexican neighborhoods in Phoenix and other cities with regular after-dark "sweeps" to get federal bounty on Mexican-looking victims he holds in jail.

Follow the money!
He has come a long way from "Nickel Bag Joe"
He got more than $4 MILLION bounty on Mexicans from the Federal government in 2009!
Of course he wants to bust Mexicans!

He is under federal investigation and the U.S. may sue Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio for not cooperating in the investigation.

The upgrading of local police nonetheless continues. Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio now claims to operate his own air armada of private pilots—dubbed Operation Desert Sky—to monitor illegal border crossings, and he recently added a full-size surplus Army tank.
[NOTE: Maricopa County is NOT ON the Mexican border.]

Arizona sheriff stirs furor with crackdown on illegals   
2008Apr 25 02:18 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer   

GUADALUPE, Ariz. (AP) - The self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America" has been making forays into Phoenix and nearby Guadalupe and sweeping up [allegedly] illegal immigrants, drawing howls of protest from the cities' mayors and other community leaders.

While Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has legal authority to enforce the law in cities within his county, politicians and activists are accusing him of grandstanding and, worse, racial profiling.

A total of 150 people—73 of them illegal immigrants—were arrested by Arpaio's deputies in the raids on heavily Hispanic sections in late March and early April.

"I was upset. We did not request them here," said Guadalupe Mayor Rebecca Jimenez, who charged that the patrols were meant to raise Arpaio's profile for his re-election campaign this year.

Guadalupe, a community of about 6,000 people that relies on the sheriff's office for police protection, is taking steps to find another department to patrol its streets.

As for Phoenix, Mayor Phil Gordon said Arpaio should be concentrating on more pressing duties such as finding people with warrants against them, and he has asked for a federal civil rights investigation, complaining the sheriff is singling out people who are "driving with a broken taillight or have brown skin." The U.S. Justice Department refused to comment.

And in Mesa, Arizona's third-largest city, the police chief has requested two days' notice of any sweeps Arpaio might conduct there, so that his officers can be prepared for any unrest.

Arpaio has long had a reputation for in-your-face tactics. He is known for making jail inmates wear pink underwear, assigning them to old- style chain gangs, and serving them green bologna sandwiches.

He began pushing the boundaries on immigration three years ago when he set up a special unit to deal with people sneaking across the border. Since then, his office has arrested 900 illegal immigrants under a state human smuggling law and set up a hot line for reporting immigration violations.

Arpaio said the recent sweeps were prompted in part by business owners' complaints about crime among illegal immigrants.

"It isn't racial profiling," the sheriff said. "We don't arrest just anybody on a street corner."

He said the 150 people arrested were approached or pulled over in traffic stops because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes. It was only afterward that deputies found nearly half were illegal immigrants, the sheriff said.

The crackdowns have led to demonstrations by protesters on both sides of the immigration debate.

Opponents lined streets in Guadalupe earlier this month, honking horns and holding up signs with slogans such as "Arpaio Stop Using Guadalupe!" One vehicle had "Proud to Be Brown" written on one of its windows.

Alex Rivera, an American-born landscaper living in Guadalupe, said that during the crackdown there, he saw a Hispanic driver get pulled over twice by deputies.

"It made me angry," Rivera said. "If they let him go once, it gives you the point that he didn't do anything or he didn't have anything. So they let him go once. And then they pulled him over? Of course, the guy looked totally Hispanic."

Civil rights advocates said Arpaio is spreading fear among Hispanics, illegal or not. "You have cooks, landscapers, nannies afraid to drive," said Hector Yturralde, president of the group Somos America.

Still, many others in Arizona are frustrated over the flow of illegal immigrants across the border, and the sheriff has received hundreds of letters of support, along with a request from a group of state lawmakers to go into Mesa.
(Arpaio said he is planning a sweep in Mesa but is reluctant to warn the police department there for fear the chief will tip off the community and stir up demonstrations.)

Judith Bederka, a retired postal worker from Mesa, said Arpaio is the only local official doing something about illegal immigration. "He is doing what everybody wants him to do," Bederka said.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said the sheriff has stayed within the bounds of an agreement that gave special immigration training and powers to 160 of his officers. [and MILLIONS of DOLLAR$$!!] The agency said it knows of no abuses by Arpaio's office.

Weeks after the crackdown, 20 Spanish-speaking day laborers gathered at a dusty intersection to wait for people to offer them work. Ramon Arajon Contreras, a laborer from Mexico who has lived in Guadalupe for eight years, said the sweep frightened him so much that he hid out in his house until it was over. He said he is still afraid.
"If I see immigration officers," he said, "it's like I see the devil."
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« Reply #1 on: 2010-November-15 01:10:18 PM »

Arizona Police Launch First Immigration Crackdown After Law's Passage (VIDEO)

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First Posted: 04-30-10 10:20 AM   |   Updated: 04-30-10 11:18 AM

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio launched his latest crime and immigration sweep [15th]  Thursday, arresting 89 people, with 61 suspected of being undocumented immigrants. [The sheriff gets MILLIONS of DOLLARS$$ bounty for holding "suspects" for 4 days before releasing them...dlw]

Arpaio, whose tough crackdowns have made him a hero in the anti-illegal immigration community, has conducted 14 of the sweeps since 2008. [He doesn’t even NEED the “new authority”…dlw] Critics allege Arpaio's deputies racially profiled Hispanics during the sweeps, but Arpaio says people were approached because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes.

"We do not go on the street corner and grab people because they look like they're from another country," the self-styled "toughest sheriff in America" told the local ABC affiliate.

The sheriff claimed Wednesday that this latest crime sweep was scheduled weeks ago and was unrelated to Arizona's new anti-immigration law.

Arpaio has lauded the new law, however, saying it gives him new authority to detain undocumented migrants who aren't accused of committing any other crimes.

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« Reply #2 on: 2010-November-15 01:18:57 PM »

U.S. may sue Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio for not cooperating in investigation

U.S. may sue Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio for not cooperating in investigation
By Jerry Markon and Stephanie McCrummen
Wednesday, August 18, 2010; A01

A federal investigation of a controversial Arizona sheriff known for tough immigration enforcement has intensified in recent days, escalating the conflict between the Obama administration and officials in the border state.

Justice Department officials in Washington have issued a rare threat to sue Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio if he does not cooperate with their investigation of whether he discriminates against Hispanics. The civil rights inquiry is one of two that target the man who calls himself "America's toughest sheriff." A federal grand jury in Phoenix is examining whether Arpaio has used his power to investigate and intimidate political opponents and whether his office misappropriated government money, sources said.

The standoff comes just weeks after the Justice Department sued Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer (R) because of the state's new immigration law, heightening tensions over the issue ahead of November's midterm elections. The renewed debate has focused attention on Arpaio, a former D.C. police officer who runs a 3,800-employee department, and a state at the epicenter of the controversy over the nation's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.

( How the immigration law is being enforced)

Once seen as a quirky figure who has inmates dress in pink underwear and forces them to work on chain gangs, Arpaio has in recent years become a kind of folk hero to those who favor his heavily publicized "crime sweeps," conducted mostly in Hispanic neighborhoods. But civil rights groups accuse the 78-year-old lawman of racial profiling. And some Maricopa County officials say Arpaio has begun merit-less corruption investigations of officials who have criticized his policies or opposed his requests.

Those allegations are at the core of the Justice Department investigations, according to documents, lawyers familiar with the inquiries, and people who have been questioned by FBI agents and the grand jury.

(Arizona: We're not changing immigration law)

The investigations reflect the tangled politics surrounding the immigration debate. The criminal probe is led by Dennis K. Burke, the U.S. attorney in Phoenix who was a top aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Two of Arpaio's attorneys, Robert N. Driscoll and Asheesh Agarwal, were officials in the Justice Department's civil rights division in the George W. Bush administration. They denied that the sheriff, a Republican who has been reelected four times since 1992, has been uncooperative or has engaged in racial profiling, misusing money or targeting political enemies.

"The sheriff's office is cooperating fully with the grand jury investigation and has complete confidence that the inquiry will clear it of any wrongdoing," Agarwal said. "The office has always fulfilled its responsibilities truthfully, honorably, and in full compliance with state and federal law."

Arpaio's attorneys contend that the investigations are politically motivated, citing a news conference in March at which Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was quoted as saying he expects the inquiries to "produce results."

"While we have no quarrel with the assistant U.S. attorneys handling the investigation, the attorney general's comments appear to violate federal regulations, departmental policy and state ethical rules designed to ensure the fairness of criminal investigations," Agarwal said.

(More: Chat with Sheriff Joe Arpaio)

Brewer and her supporters have also asserted that the Justice Department was politically motivated in its lawsuit over the state law, which authorizes, among other things, police officers to ask about the status of people suspected of being in the country illegally. A federal judge last month stopped the most controversial sections of the legislation from taking effect.

Justice Department officials denied any political considerations, saying the investigations and the lawsuit are based on the facts and the law. They declined to comment on details of the Arpaio inquiries.

The civil rights division's investigation began in March 2009 and focuses on whether Arpaio's department engaged in "discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures," along with allegations that his jail discriminated against Hispanic inmates, according to letters the division sent to Arpaio. A complaint to the Justice Department said that even bilingual jail guards are required to speak to inmates only in English and that the rule could endanger prisoners' medical care. The jail was also accused of forcing Hispanic visitors to fill out a "citizenship check" form, the letters said.

Lawyers in the division have repeatedly interviewed Phoenix area human rights leaders about Arpaio's immigration sweeps, and local "cop watch" groups have turned over hours of video footage of the sweeps to investigators.

"Their questions are in regards to racial profiling, questions about what are the practices when people get stopped," said Salvador Reza, an organizer with the Puente human rights movement who has met with Justice Department lawyers. He said the lawyers have asked about the treatment of inmates in Arpaio's jail.

In an Aug. 3 letter to Arpaio's attorneys, Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the civil rights division, said the sheriff's office had declined repeated requests to turn over documents and meet with investigators. Without cooperation by Tuesday, the letter said, the government would file suit "to compel access to the requested documents, facilities and personnel."

In his Aug. 5 reply, Driscoll accused the Justice Department of "a desperate attempt" to compel cooperation and of "a public relations campaign against Sheriff Arpaio." He added: "DOJ cannot require the reproduction of millions of pages of documents so DOJ can 'see what it can find.' " [Why not?!? Government does this all the time to mundanes know as citizens!...dlw]

Arpaio's resistance is highly unusual: Justice Department officials said the threat of such a lawsuit is rare. They added that they plan to meet with the sheriff's attorneys next week in a last-ditch effort to forestall litigation. If the department files a broader civil lawsuit, it could result in the department terminating the several million dollars in grants to Arpaio's office each year or in a judge's order forcing him to change his policies.

On a separate track, the grand jury investigation has been underway since at least January. Lawyers familiar with the inquiry and witnesses said it is focused on allegations that as Arpaio has fought with the county board over his budget and other issues, he and his deputies have retaliated by carrying out at least seven criminal investigations of county officials alleging corruption, fraud and other crimes.

Some legal experts say it could be difficult for such allegations to result in criminal charges. "I don't know what a charge would be," said Peter Zeidenberg, a former Justice Department public corruption prosecutor. "We all would agree that being abusive is wrong, but I'm not aware of any federal statute that would fit."

In one case, Arpaio leveled 40 corruption-related charges against a county supervisor who had spoken out against his policies, all of which a judge dismissed. In another, the sheriff's allies in the county attorney's office filed more than 100 criminal counts against another supervisor for improperly filling out required financial disclosure forms. Several days after a judge dismissed most of those, Arpaio's deputies arrested the supervisor in a parking garage and walked him before TV cameras to jail, announcing more than 100 new charges, which a judge dismissed. (Some of the original charges remain on appeal.)

"They'll never stop," said Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson, who was named in one of Arpaio's investigations. Wilson testified before the grand jury and has spoken to FBI investigators more than a dozen times, as recently as last week. "They don't care who tells them to stop."

County Manager David Smith said grand jurors also questioned him about deputies' trips to conferences and training missions in Las Vegas, Honduras and other destinations, where he said they often stayed at "boutique" hotels. He said prosecutors were focusing on "issues that might involve the crime of extortion over the county budget, misappropriation of funds and abuse of police power."

McCrummen reported from Phoenix.

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« Reply #3 on: 2010-November-15 05:55:12 PM »

Rank-and-file county staff reveal fear of Sheriff Joe Arpaio
by Yvonne Wingett - Jan. 29, 2010 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

As conflicts between Maricopa County's Board of Supervisors and the sheriff and county attorney escalated in 2009, rank-and-file county employees were plunged into a yearlong emotional roller coaster.

This month's announcement of a federal grand jury entering the fray brought county workers some relief and hope for an end to the extraordinary tensions. The grand jury is looking into allegations of abuse of power by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his chief deputy, David Hendershott, in their dealings with judges and county officials.
Now, as they wait to see what will happen, a cross-section of county employees spoke with The Arizona Republic, talking publicly for the first time about life inside the county offices during the political battles, lawsuits and arrests going on above them at the highest levels of county government. Most have little connection to the conflicts. Still, their runaway fears were such that they worried that Arpaio's deputies would come after them as well.

Fears first spiked in December 2008, when county administrators spent $10,000 to sweep county offices for illegal wiretaps they worried had been installed by Arpaio. None was found. But rank-and-file workers still became terrified of possible surveillance, lawsuits or even arrest. Arpaio's frequent retort to critics that the innocent had nothing to worry about did not allay their concerns.

Unsure what or whom to believe, many county workers quit talking about sensitive matters on the telephone or in e-mails, even when using their personal home computers.

Conversation in hallways and elevators stopped.

Some feared they would be arrested while pulling into the same parking garage where deputies took Supervisor Don Stapley into custody.

Others worried that even minor infractions - a chipped windshield, having a beer before driving home after work - would be an excuse for deputies to pull them over or arrest them.

One Superior Court judge moved meetings with her staff and other judges to the chamber restroom, believing it would be a less likely spot for a listening device.

Working for a county often at war with itself put employees on edge and stressed relationships with co-workers and spouses.

Anxiety at work

Worries took hold at work immediately after the wiretap sweeps and grew through 2009 with each exchange among the sheriff, board and county attorney.

As a compensation supervisor, Darrien Ellison spends a lot of time researching money requests from the Sheriff's Office.

In the course of his normal work over the past year, he denied two pay-raise requests for a high-ranking Sheriff's Office employee. Later, the thought crossed his mind several times that authorities might come after him. When he had to call sheriff's staff, he assumed he was being recorded. "Who knows what they would use from a conversation on one of their employees against me," he said.

Dexter Thomas is a senior management and budget analyst who works with the judicial branch's budgets.

He loved his job, but then, the easygoing atmosphere at work changed. After wiretap sweeps around him on the 10th floor, Thomas wondered who might be spying on him.

He instructed his wife and daughter to never call him on his work phone. He stopped using e-mail for personal matters. When colleagues copied him on chain e-mails, he asked to be removed from the distribution list in case authorities were reading his e-mails.

"You never know who's watching," Thomas said. "You look over your shoulder before you push the button to the 10th floor. And I don't talk to anyone anymore."

Supervisor Max Wilson was once an Arpaio supporter, even volunteering for years as a member of Arpaio's volunteer-posse program.

But as the infighting intensified, so did Wilson's stress levels. He braced for his own arrest. His wife, like many county worker spouses, tensed up whenever sheriff's cars cruised through the neighborhood.

In March 2009, Arpaio warned in a speech that Wilson "better be careful on cutting my budget." Wilson took that as a threat and pulled in his chief of staff to talk about whether he should resign.

Wilson stopped volunteering with the posse. Later, his son-in-law also turned in his posse-member badge.

Fears at home

Fear followed employees home. Many talked with their wives, husbands and children to warn them deputies might show up or follow them around town.

Marla Schofield is a compensation analyst who studies salary data and personnel information. At first, she doubted sheriff's deputies would ever have a reason to contact her.

Then, the battles heated up over the county's decision to build a new court complex.

Deputies showed up at her home twice one summer weekend to ask questions. She didn't answer the door. A deputy left his business card on her car windshield, just below a crack in the glass.

Later, she went out for groceries and gas. She scanned the road and parking lots for sheriff's deputies. She worried the card was strategically placed to send her a message about the cracked windshield, "a tactic to pull me over."

She quickly had the crack repaired.

Compensation supervisor Darrien Ellison and his family were away visiting in-laws last summer on the day deputies came to his house to question him.

When he didn't come to the door, deputies talked to his neighbor. They asked about Ellison and his job at the county. Later, Ellison felt like some kind of suspicion had been cast on his family.

"Your neighbors obviously probably think something has been done wrong," he said, asking how does anyone explain that it's "just politics."

Lee Ann Bohn is a deputy budget director. She led last year's budget negotiations with the Sheriff's Office. Later, while she was out of town with her two daughters, sheriff's deputies questioned employees from her department. Her personal cellphone voicemail filled up with messages from workers asking for help. One employee was so rattled she could barely speak.

From then on, Bohn was extra careful about driving under the speed limit. She also took good care of her swimming pool so it didn't turn green and provide anyone an excuse to enter her property.

Stress takes a toll

As the conflicts continued through 2009, the months of fear at work and home took its toll on county employees.

Scott Isham is chief of staff to Wilson. He tried not to let fear of arrest take hold of his family or staff. But, as time went on, he also tried to be realistic.

Isham called a criminal defense attorney for advice. He asked how much it would cost to get him out of jail. He put the attorney's phone numbers in his cellphone and business cards in his car. Regular after-work beers with his buddies ended. Isham told his wife to be careful. No U-turns. Never leave the kids in the car when returning videos. Who knows what they might call child endangerment?

Kenny Harris oversees construction of the county's court tower. It's the most expensive project in county history, a major point of contention between the warring factions of the county and the target of one of Arpaio's investigations.

In December, Harris got a panicked call from his 70-year-old mother-in-law. Deputies had been at the door of their home. His two young daughters asked if he was in trouble.

As a budget supervisor, Ryan Wimmer works on financial matters involving the sheriff and county attorney.

Wimmer felt like a likely target. Early on, he didn't expect to be arrested or subpoenaed. But, after Stapley's arrest, Wimmer had more restless nights. Then, deputies came to his apartment with questions about the court-tower project.

Wimmer lay awake after that wondering: How would he find an attorney? How would he pay for an attorney?

Sometimes, Wimmer worked at home. He wondered if they could seize his home computer.

Wimmer stopped expressing any personal opinions about county officials and operations. He struggled to explain to his girlfriend and family what was happening at work.

"Everything I do," he said, "I just assume it will be used against me."


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« Reply #4 on: 2010-November-15 06:29:20 PM »


Did some of you perhaps think that L Neil Smith's above description of politicians was a bit harsh? Here are just two examples from Arizona "law enforcement":

November 23, 2009    Maricopa County, Arizona

Joe Arpaio’s Amerika

Posted by William Grigg on November 23, 2009 02:24 PM

As Mark Thornton of the Mises Institute has pointed out, the immigration “crisis” — a by-product of the Fed’s financial bubble — is subsiding. This doesn’t mean, however, that we’ll soon see an end to the police state abuses supposedly intended to “secure our borders.”

Those abuses have been tolerated and even applauded by conservatives whose idea of “freedom” is a police state within secure borders. You know, like North Korea.

To authoritarian conservatives of that ilk, the demented thug known as Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a folk hero. Sure, people regularly die in Arpaio’s custody, his deputies can brazenly commit acts of theft in open court, he’s chummy with neo-Nazis, and his corruption has cost the taxpayers of Maricopa County plenty — but, hey, at least he’s beating back the Brown Peril, so he must be a good guy.

To people of that persuasion, the abuse inflicted by Arpaio’s uniformed goons on Alma Minerva Chacon is of no particular moment.

Several months ago, Alma was arrested on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant. Nine months pregnant at the time, Alma went into labor. She was taken to the hospital with her hands and feet in shackles, despite the fact that she was not charged with a violent offense.

Arpaio’s deputies refused repeated requests that the mother be freed long enough to deliver her child, so Alma gave birth to a baby girl while shackled to her bed. She wasn’t permitted the rudimentary dignity of going to the bathroom without her restraints.

After the child arrived, deputies refused even to let Alma hold the newborn. They also threatened to seize the infant and take her into state custody unless someone came to claim her within 72 hours.

Under the law — whatever one thinks of it — Alma’s baby girl is a U.S. citizen. Given the circumstances of her birth and the way her mother was treated, at least that little child should have no illusions about this being the “land of the free.”


Support Your Local Sexual Predator

Posted by William Grigg on November 24, 2009 01:16 AM

During his two years with the Scottsdale, Arizona Police Department, former Officer Chong Kim — by his own admission — forcibly strip-searched between 15 and 20 women under threat of arrest, according to an internal affairs report obtained by Scottsdale’s CBS affiliate, KPHO.

Kim resigned from the force in 2008 after he was accused of threatening to arrest and imprison a 19-year-old woman unless she disrobed. A previous complaint filed against Kim a year earlier had been dismissed for “lack of evidence.”

The former police officer admitted that among his victims was a 16-year-old girl who had been involved in a family fight.

That incident in particular — the sexual exploitation, by violence, of a traumatized minor — should attract the interest of an ambitious prosecutor. Maricopa County Prosecutor Andrew Peyton Thomas certainly fits that description, and Thomas has distinguished himself by his zeal to prosecute alleged sex offenders.

Yet, according to KPHO news, Thomas’s office insists that they “don’t have a case against Kim,” nor would they confirm that his name was on the “Brady List” — a roster of officers known to have “credibility issues.”

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« Reply #5 on: 2010-November-15 11:30:51 PM »

Arpaio's office get $4 MILLION Federal bounty on Mexicans in 2009

Arpaio's office get $4 MILLION Federal bounty on Mexicans in 2009

Where is the federal money for criminals who are here illegally?

Posted: 07/28/2010
·   By: Josh Bernstein
·   By: Maria Tomasch

The federal government gives law enforcement millions to help jail criminals who are here illegally.

But, critics say we only get pennies on the dollar. So, where is the rest of the money?

Ernesto Oliveras-Sanchez is being booked into the Maricopa County jail after being arrested for DUI.

He is in the United States illegally.

If Ernesto is found guilty, Maricopa County will notify the federal government and apply for money to help offset the cost of jail time.

Reimbursement would come from something called SCAAP or the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program.

But, here's the key: in order to get that money, the person here illegally must also be convicted of a felony or two misdemeanors.

Every year, the program pays out hundreds of millions of dollars.

Local jurisdictions compete for the funds, so some get more, while others get less.

Arizona might be ground zero for the debate over illegal immigration, but we don't get the bulk of the funding.

In fact, Arizona ranks fifth on the list.

“We get some money, but I feel we should receive more because we are helping out the federal government,” said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Just take a look at the disparity -- the federal government gave Surry County, North Carolina $12,107 to house a single illegal immigrant for just five days.

That's more than $2,400 a day.

Compare that to Claiborne Parish, Louisiana which received only $1,223 for an inmate who was held 363 days.

That is just $3.37 a day.

The next concern was uncovered by the White House.

Their website, , started looking at the issue back in 2002.

Roughly 20 percent of the names submitted for funding are not eligible because they are naturalized citizens or entered the country legally.

It recommends terminating SCAAP.

Presidents from both parties have tried to get rid of the program.

Critics say it's simply forcing communities like Maricopa County to single out illegal immigrants they would otherwise ignore.

Over the last three years, the number of inmates confirmed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be in the U.S. illegally has spiked by almost 40 percent.

In Maricopa County, it has more than doubled.

“It creates a strong incentive for a jail or prison to try to determine if someone's an illegal immigrant because if they can, they can get this money from the federal government,” said Steven Camarota.

He is with the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C. based group that wants to see the federal government increase its presence along the border.

“Without the SCAAP program there would certainly be less incentive to identify illegal immigrants,” said Camarota.
Last year, the feds paid out more than $393 million nationwide.

California receives the overwhelming majority at almost 40 percent.

Arizona received less than 5 percent.

“I would like to see the federal government take more interest in incarceration, in law enforcement, but I'm not gonna hold my breath,” said Sheriff Arpaio.

Both the Department of Justice and Homeland Security, headed by Arizona's former governor refused our repeated requests for an interview.

They also refused to comment.

Use our searchable database to find out how much money state and counties have gotten over the last three years.

State Year    Agency                  Amount
AZ    2007   Maricopa County  $2,701,529.00  Details
AZ    2008   Maricopa County  $3,022,483.00  Details
AZ    2009   Maricopa County Sheriff's Office  
                                             $4,006,872.00  Details

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« Reply #6 on: 2011-March-26 02:21:32 PM »
Steven Seagal & Nine Star 'Jeneral Joe' Arpaio* Raid Valley Home In A Tank.
  • If you raise chickens for eggs and/or food, you may be suspect!

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Steven Seagal, Sheriff Raid Valley Home In Tank
POSTED: 11:07 pm MST March 21, 2011
UPDATED: 1:18 pm MST March 22, 2011

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PHOENIX -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio rolled out the tanks to take down a man suspected of cockfighting. West Valley residents in the neighborhood are crying foul after armored vehicles, including a tank, rolled into their neighborhood to make the bust.

Sorry. It looks like the TV station deleted the video...Dennis
        * VIDEO: Steven Seagal, Sheriff Raid Valley Home In Tank

Neighbor Debra Ross was so worried she called 911 and went outside where a nearby home had its windows blown out, was crawling with dozens of SWAT members in full gear, armored vehicles and a bomb robot. “When the tank came in and pushed the wall over and you see what's in there, and all it is, is a bunch of chickens,” Ross said.

In a massive show of force on Monday, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant and arrested the homeowner, Jesus Llovera, on charges of suspected cockfighting. Llovera was alone in the house at the time of the arrest, and he was unarmed.

“I think taxpayers should be shocked,” said Robert Campus, Llovera’s attorney. Campus said he believes the operation costs tens of thousands of dollars. Deputies had no probable cause to believe Llovera was armed or dangerous, according to Campus.

Campus said he believes the entire scene was basically a stage, to help actor Steven Seagal’s TV show, “Lawman.” Seagal was riding in the tank. The Sheriff’s Department has entered into a contract with Seagal and part of that contract gives Seagal carte blanche to go along with the sheriff as he arrests people.

Thousands of dollars in damages were made to the property and 115 birds were euthanized on the spot. Llovera was convicted of a misdemeanor last year of attending a cockfight and has no history of owning weapons. Yet the sheriff’s office said they had reasons to believe Llovera might be armed. “We're going to err on the side of caution. We're going to make sure that we have the appropriate amount of force in case we do run into anything like that,” said Sgt. Jesse Spurgin.

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I guess we know who the real chicken is... LOL

I had an assignment once to read a book. The reason, it turned out, was because the Professor wanted to know how long it would take for the reader to realize the protagonist was insane.

Let me get this straight. The sheriff is afraid someone might be committing cruelty to animals by letting a bunch of birds fight. So he storms their house with a tank, which scares them half to death, then "euthanizes" them through an undisclosed means. He's a real poster boy for animal rights! What an idiot!

OK, so the reason cockfights are illegal is because they are cruel to animals. But the way it looks to me, breaking into a house with a tank and killing all the chickens might be even more cruel to animals. First you scare them out of their wits, then you murder them. Sheriff Joe is nuts!   [Jeneral Joe had to kill them to save them...BBQ at 6PM tonight...Dennis]

The people of Louisiana and Jefferson Parish thank you for taking Seagal off our hands. He is a joke and made our Sheriff's office look stupid on his TV show.

This is a disgrace and an embarrassment to all loyal Law enforsement people that put there lives on the line everytime they leave there house to go to work.

It's a foolish waste of our limited law enforcement resources, and a blatant waste of our tax dollars, but Joe doesn't care.  It makes for good TV, and placates the "lesser minds" in our community- which gets Joe more votes.

I have been considering relocating to Phoenix due to the surprising affordability of the region relative to its size and climate. I also appreciate the region's attitude toward the 2nd Amendment and similar issues. Reading this makes me see why so many homes are for sale for so little though. This just nuts! Why is this Arpaio guy still employed? Being outraged isn't going to stop this crankery.

I'm calling on all working Chicken Moms to stop laying eggs for one day in protest of the tragic lost of innocent chicken life brought about by this farce. The rest of us should have a one second moment of silence in rememberence of one of the dumbest moments in human history

And just to think - this raid will be on TV.........   Yeah - I have to believe the raid was built up for the show...  Sure - it worked - but - it is going to give the Sheriff's dept a bad name..............  And - law enforcement does not need that.  Respect - not humor.

Well I'm glad to hear that "he-man" Seagal wasn't hurt by the chickens while hiding in the armored tank .

What were they doing, making an old remake of the comical Academy movie? The whole country will be laughing at Arizona now. The late night talk shows should have a field day with this one. In defense of Ole Joe maybe he got confused when someone reported hundreds of "Chickens" were being held there . I think they ought to publish the names of every idiot that took part in this. The next election can't be soon enough.

Maybe instead of Chickens, Joe thought they said Chicanos!

I do think the Sherriff's brought out their coolest toys for the cameras for sure. It is justified though if the superior firepower prevents a conflict and leads to a peaceful arrest. It's simply too intimidating to not surrender to... even if the oponent is a chicken Czar. Also, it is a training exercise to prepare for the day it may be actually needed. I wish they would bring it out more often.....And getting Steven Segal to help pay for it is brilliant.

I Quess he show them Chicken who the Real Sheriff Joey is made of!

LOLOLOLOLOLOL.........sorry but this is way too funny.

I guess they call that Flaccid Fool--the "Joker" or "bozo" for a good reason. Tell me that ancient runt isn't scared of chickens. But in any case, this is good for "Off Beat" news. Its just dang hilarious. The ghastly nativist (majority) will foot the bill at their expense on this stunt. That's a lot of wasteful resources right there--bona fide. Just to arrest an "UNARMED" man and several chickens.....

LOLOLOLOLOLOL...........thanks for the laughs

March 23, 2011 by Marko Kloos
shit! it’s will sasso in a tank!

(Alternate post title: “Rainbow Six: Chicken Commando“)

To protect us from the evil scourge of cockfighting, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Steven Seagal staged a raid on a suspect…with dozens of SWAT ninjas in full kit, and an armored personnel carrier.

This is the kind of thing that makes law enforcement look like heavy-handed, jackbooted goonery.  No doubt they had camera crews with them, and that Sheriff Joe in fact decided to take all the sexy hardware along for the bust precisely because it’s photogenic.  But is this still “peace officer” work?

When you serve warrants and stage raids dressed and acting like you’re in urban combat in Fallujah, you look like an occupying army instead of community law enforcement officers, and then you can’t be surprised if people treat you like one.  Us vs. Them mindset, special rights and weapons for the King’s Men, overwhelming force by default in the name of “officer safety”, and the broadest leniency and benefit of the doubt when it comes to the use of force…I don’t see that kind of route to be a healthy one for public safety.

Is the job of the police officer a dangerous one? No doubt.  Are most police officers like Sheriff Joe and his tank-riding cockfight-busting ninjas?  Hell no.  But am I the only one who finds serving a cock-fighting warrant with a fucking tank and a platoon of SWAT just a tad excessive?  What kind of attitude does that kind of swagger generate toward the police?

Tens of thousands in taxpayer money spent on some flash bang theater. Thousands of dollars in property damage.  One unarmed suspect arrested. 115 chickens euthanized on the spot. Well done, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.  Well done, indeed.

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« Reply #7 on: 2011-May-25 09:44:20 PM »

Local activist Salvador Reza

Local activist Salvador Reza, holds up a printout Reza says was circulated within the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and evidence of racism in the department, during a news conference in the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors chambers Wednesday, May 11, 2011, in Phoenix.

Critics gathered and called for the resignation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio while asking the U.S. Attorney's Office to place the sheriff's office into receivership.

Arpaio's opponents are critical of nearly $100 million in misspent funds by his agency over eight years and a recent internal investigation that found mismanagement by his top commanders.
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« Reply #8 on: 2011-June-02 10:05:08 PM »

The Feds Have Evidence That Joe Arpaio Broke the Law -- When Will The Indictments Come?
A A A Comments (685) By Ray Stern Thursday, May 26 2011

Soon after becoming head of the Maricopa Anti-Corruption Enforcement team under Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Bill Knight became aware of severe ethical problems with the unit.

A career cop who'd been in narcotics, homicide, and other divisions at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Chief Knight suddenly found himself in the middle of a classic MCSO vendetta for about four months in late 2008 and early 2009.

Knight had taken over MACE from previous commander Jimmy Miller and was running the unit during an astonishing period of county history, in which Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas targeted the Board of Supervisors, with which both politicians had fought over budget and other matters for years.

In December 2008, Thomas' office persuaded a grand jury to charge Supervisor Don Stapley with 117 misdemeanor and felony counts related to his failure to properly fill out financial-disclosure forms. The charges were bogus, as the public would later learn: It turned out that the disclosure forms weren't legally required.

Worse, the misdemeanor charges concerning Stapley's paperwork — upon which the felonies were based — apparently were filed after the one-year statute of limitations had run out.

Arpaio and Thomas had several motives to go after Stapley, a fellow Republican. One of the strongest was that Stapley, considered a more moderate conservative than the lawmen, had told the press he was actively working behind the scenes to undermine the pair's crusade against illegal immigrants (see "Serving Up Stapley," November 26, 2009).

Knight didn't know all that at the time. As the pages of a newly released investigative report detail, the deputy chief just knew his boss was hell-bent on getting Stapley.

Knight told his story to Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's investigators as part of a six-month-long probe into alleged misconduct in Arpaio's office. Although the probe was an internal investigation requested by Arpaio and whitewashes the sheriff's personal role in the scandal, a 1,022-page summary report and hundreds of pages of supplemental documents detail plenty of evidence that Arpaio was involved in illegal activity.

Arpaio wasn't "concerned with a positive outcome in the [Stapley] case," Knight told investigators. "I think . . . he was more interested in seeing them getting their butts kicked in the media. Them being Stapley in this matter."

About a month after the indictment, MACE raided the offices of an associate of Stapley's, developer Conley Wolfswinkel. The claimed justification was that the Sheriff's Office was looking for evidence of additional crimes that detectives had uncovered in the disclosure-form case.

Knight had reviewed the search warrant before a raid on January 22, 2009, and believed that he had enough evidence based on testimony from Stapley's bookkeeper, Joan Stoops, to carry out the raid. Stoops told detectives that it appeared Wolfswinkel had inked an agreement to pay Stapley hundreds of thousands of dollars in a land deal when Wolfswinkel had business before the Board of Supervisors.

Knight said Sheriff Arpaio reviewed the search warrant personally — and asked Knight why he hadn't included more details about the case in the warrant. Knight, according to the report, told Arpaio that the details weren't necessary to establish probable cause, the legal term for the level of evidence needed to persuade a judge to sign a search warrant.

The report doesn't specify which details Arpaio wanted Knight to add, but it does describe how Arpaio pressed him on the issue, saying he wanted to make sure the warrant would hold up. Knight didn't buy what Arpaio was saying, believing that the sheriff only wanted the extra information so he could sensationalize the case.

"Are we writing a press release or are we writing a search warrant?" Knight said he asked the sheriff. "I just need to be clear on what we're trying to produce here."

The sheriff stared at him and said sternly: "Get the information in there," the report states. Arpaio then got up and walked out.

Knight did as he was told and included the superfluous information. He had the warrant signed and prepared his deputies for the raid on Wolfswinkel's Tempe business office. He recalled that Arpaio's right-hand man, then-Chief Deputy David Hendershott, called Knight numerous times, asking: "Are we in yet?"

Hendershott, Knight stated, told him that as soon as the search warrant was signed, Knight was to go to the nearest Kinko's and fax a copy to sheriff's headquarters.

"So we get in; we secure the place," Knight said to investigators. "I run over to the nearest Kinko's, which is three or four miles away, [and] fax the document over to him.

"By the time I get back to Conley's business, I've already got a news helicopter flying overhead."

Knight found out later that the search warrant had been handed to the media in conjunction with a press release.

A news conference was under way before Knight got back to his office.

Arpaio also tailored his public statement to emphasize the shocking revelation that Stapley and Wolfswinkel were being investigated in an alleged "bribery" scheme.

Most of the news media ran with the story in earnest.

Knight's team spent 11 hours going through Wolfswinkel's office. But the Babeu report says when Knight mentioned to Hendershott that it would take his MACE crew a long time to go through all the boxes of documents and other items seized, Hendershott told him not to worry about it, that MACE needed to "hit someplace next week [in the Stapley investigation because] we need to keep this rolling in the media."
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« Reply #9 on: 2012-January-07 08:33:47 PM »


Sheriff Joe Arpaio Slammed in Federal Civil Rights Probe Report
Dec 16, 2011 12:15 AM EST
Author: Terry Greene Sterling

A federal civil-rights report describes a litany of racial cruelties at the hands of ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff.’ Terry Greene Sterling on the allegations against Joe Arpaio.

In 2009, an unauthorized immigrant from Mexico City named Sandra Figueroa was arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies during a raid of a Phoenix car wash. Along with her husband, Carlos, Figueroa was charged with a state felony tied to working with bogus papers.

The two spent several months in separate jails overseen by the Toughest Sheriff in America—“Sheriff Joe” Arpaio, the subject of an exhaustive and damning Justice Department civil-rights probe. It paints him as a vindictive racist who has imbued his jails and police operations with a culture of unconstitutional cruelty.

The report released Thursday in Phoenix by Thomas Perez, the chief of DOJ’s civil-rights division, details patterns of discrimination and retaliation that hark back to the pre-civil-rights-era South. An expert called the findings “the most egregious racial profiling in the United States that he had ever personally observed in the course of his work, observed in litigation, or reviewed in professional literature,” Perez told reporters.

Sandra Figueroa says she knows that culture of cruelty only too well. While in Arpaio’s custody, Figueroa says, she was repeatedly molested by a female jail guard.

The mother of two American kids, Figueroa said she silently put up with the guard’s inappropriate touches because she feared retribution if she complained. (Because she never filed a complaint, the Sheriff’s Office told me in 2009, there could be no comment on her case.) Countless others I’ve interviewed since 2008 recalled stories of immigrant abuse at the hands of the sheriff’s office.

Maricopa County Sheriff Officer Joe Arpaio (R), looking on as inmates walk into housing for maximum security inmates on April 17, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona., Joshua Lott

Already weakened by allegations that he botched hundreds of sex-abuse investigations, and abused his power by arresting or filing baseless complaints against those who spoke up against him, Arpaio this week faced mounting calls for his resignation. In the wake of the release of the DOJ probe, his office was virtually emasculated by the Department of Homeland Security, which has withdrawn funds for one of his favorite activities—checking the immigration status of Latinos already in his jails.

But at 79, Arpaio remains outwardly defiant. Grimfaced, he told reporters today he didn’t do anything wrong. He’s not going to change the way he operates just because of the DOJ probe.

The Justice Department’s civil-rights investigation began in 2008, after allegations of racial profiling stemming from Arpaio’s “crime suppression sweeps.” During these expensive two-day show busts, deputies descended all at once on heavily Hispanic communities in unmarked black SUVs, on foot, in helicopters, on horseback. Latinos were rounded up and taken to a “command center,” where Arpaio, cheered on by conservative retirees, skinheads, and old bikers, would give press conferences.

“Let me tell you something, and I’m not bragging,” he once told me, “I’m so high-profile I went from 98 percent to probably 99 percent name identification … You know, sometimes I understand how a movie star feels, or a celebrity.”

At first the raids cemented his celebrity, but by 2009 he seemed bothered by the Justice Department probe.  I followed Arpaio around as I reported my book about the immigration nightmare in Phoenix. At one rally, in Sun City, a mostly white, mostly conservative retirement community, Arpaio instilled palpable fear in the oldsters by blaming Mexican immigrants for crime, swine flu, and stealing jobs. He ranted about the Justice Department probe, called it political, and told the audience: “If I don’t have your support, they will eat me up and spit me out.”

He’s a seemingly insecure guy, often accused of bullying. Before he became sheriff in 1993, he was a cop in Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas before he went on to a career in the Drug Enforcement Administration. He retired in 1982, dabbled in his wife’s travel agency, then ran for sheriff in 1992.

At the DEA, he told me, he was instrumental in catching the so-called French Connection. Some who worked with him at the DEA derided his braggadocio and called him “Nickel Bag Joe”—because he always went after the two-bit dealers instead of the drug lords. (He attributes the moniker to sour grapes and professional jealousy.)

Arpaio’s critics, and now the DOJ, point to a pattern of abuse of the disenfranchised and voiceless who can’t fight back—jail inmates and unauthorized immigrants forced to wear pink skivvies and live in tents.

He denies any abuse.

Sheriff Joe also denies that his raids were political, and has long said he’s being targeted because he’s the only guy enforcing immigration law.

Arpaio was born 79 years ago in Springfield, Mass. He told me several times his mother died giving birth to him, and on his birthday in 2009 he tweeted: My birthday is always a day of reflection for me as some of you may know, it is also the day my mother passed. He spent a lot of his early childhood living with relatives while his father, an Italian immigrant, worked in a grocery store. As a kid, he walked a mile to a movie house called The Gardens, where he saw Flash Gordon, Batman, The Lone Ranger and Gene Autry.

“I used to go to the cowboy movies,” he told me once, “and I used to see the sheriff swear-in private businesspeople and say, ‘Hey go after the horse thieves,’ and so they went after the horse thieves. They used to hang them before they got back to jail, but that’s another issue. So [after becoming sheriff] I said, ‘Wait a minute, I’m going to build up my posse.’”

Now he’s got the largest posse (mostly elderly white retirees) in the United States. To his regular posse, he added an “Illegal Immigration Posse” and a “Cold Case Posse” to look into President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

The posse members were often present at the sensational immigration raids, directing traffic and riding along with deputies. The DOJ says Latinos were four to nine times more likely to be stopped than non-Latinos.

Perez told reporters that the Justice Department hopes to bring Sheriff Joe and his department up to constitutional snuff by inviting Latinos and others to the table. But if the sheriff doesn’t cooperate, “litigation” is possible soon.

In the meantime, a DOJ criminal investigation of Arpaio’s alleged abuses of power—attacking political enemies with arrest warrants and baseless accusations—is ongoing.

The DOJ announcement  “validates what the community has been saying” for years, says Arpaio’s nemesis, Rep. Raul Grijalva. “This isn’t about rejoicing, it’s about pushing harder” for Arpaio’s ouster, he said in an interview.

Sandra Figueroa feels some measure of validation in the wake of the DOJ revelations. It’s likely that if she had filed a complaint in Spanish against the molesting guard, nothing would have happened. The DOJ report says jailers frequently rejected grievances written in Spanish.

The damage of the jailhouse sexual abuse lingers, and it is too late to change what happened, she said. She hopes fervently, though, that Arpaio’s reign of terror will end so that other women won’t be subjected to the same nightmare.

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« Reply #10 on: 2012-October-19 08:34:53 PM »

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Arizona Sheriff used hidden database to misspend up to $80 million, officials claim

Friday, November 12, 2010 11:15 EDT

A hidden computer database recently discovered in the course of a racial profiling investigation shows Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio misspent up to $80 million in funds intended for jail operations, according to Maricopa County supervisors and budget officials.

The hidden database contained payroll logs that detailed staff assignments and payments which were different than the staff assignments and payments reported in the official county-run database, they said.

“They’ve developed a system that basically tracks where they are working versus where they are being paid, and they did not update the official database, which led to the potential problems,” Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson told The Arizona Republic. “I think they deliberately hid this info from us.”

A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office denied any intention of hiding information from the county and blamed the duplicate payrolls on a lack of compatible technology between the Sheriff’s Office and county agencies.

In September, Maricopa County officials reported that Arpaio’s office misspent up to $80 million in funds over five years to pay his employees working in patrol, human-smuggling operations and investigative units. The voter-approved money was restricted by law to detention operations such as food, detention officers’ salaries, and equipment.

“It appears that [the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office] violated the intent and explicit language of the voter approved jail tax when they used that money to fund activities not related to jail operations,” a press release said. “Maricopa County will have to pay back the restricted funds to the detention fund. This is a misuse of public funds.”

The latest report by the Maricopa County Office of Management and Budget has “identified at least $34 million in misspending” but has not yet been able to “address some of the more complicated staffing issues.”

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has served subpoenas to thirteen of Arpaio’s employees and has asked Arpaio to turn over financial documents, software, and 12 years worth of timesheets.

Arpaio has been sheriff of Arizona’s largest county since 1992 and proclaims himself as the “toughest sheriff in the nation.”

The United States Department of Justice has been investigating Arpaio since 2009 for accusations of discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and having English-only policies in his jails.

Arpaio has refused to cooperate with the investigation and in September the Justice Department sued him for refusing to hand over documents related to the investigation.

“The actions of the sheriff’s office are unprecedented,” said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the department’s civil rights division. “It is unfortunate that the department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities.”

In October, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s appeal of District Court Judge Neil Wake’s 2008 ruling that mandated Maricopa County fix the unconstitutional conditions of its jails.

In the 2008 trial, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleged that the Sheriff’s Office fed pre-trial detainees moldy bread, rotten fruit, and other contaminated food and held them in prison cells hot enough to endanger their health.

As a press release by the ACLU explains, Judge Wake’s ruling required Sheriff Arpaio to “end severe overcrowding and ensure all detainees receive necessary medical and mental health care, be given uninterrupted access to all medications prescribed by correctional medical staff, be given access to exercise and to sinks, toilets, toilet paper and soap and be served food that meets or exceeds the US Department of Agriculture’s dietary guidelines.”

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