|There have always
been penalties for doing your job too well in Buffalo government.
Sheriff Tim Howard and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, two men who thus far have held back
General Eric Holder... I never knew county Sheriffs
were that tough, at least
not tough enough to make the
federal government’s powerful Department of Justice (DOJ) look weak.
now, they are apparently able to say ‘boo’ and send Obama’s DOJ
wonders what is so special about Maricopa
AZ) Sheriff Arpaio,
and Erie County
Sheriff Howard. The way it looks, it’s got nothing to do with a lack of
Howard, about whom I’ve written
was just audited by
the Erie County
Comptrollers Office and the results were published by the Buffalo News. It’s a detailed
confirmation of many of the suspicions people have had of him for
claims he is being put in a “bad light.” We need to get away from this
suspicious parties’ only response to numerous accusations of
being just an issue of they not wanting to
it because they are being put in a bad light. The “bad light” is a
of the purpose, not allowing them any room whatsoever to think that
As of last August 31st,
according to a
report by Huffington Post Crime, federal authorities said they
closing in on an abuse-of-power investigation without filing any of the
charges against him: “They did their investigations, they didn’t find
probable cause and they didn’t bring an indictment. We didn’t go around
anybody. My people are not crooks,” said Arpaio
press conference he called after returning from - where else - the
National Convention (RNC).
To me that’s just the time to send a
message. A perp-walk of a corrupt Sheriff
just after his return from
his beloved RNC, especially on the Friday before the Democratic
Convention (DNC) would have taken some hot air out of their balloons.
ask me. If I saw God sitting in a box seat, I may be the guy to ask him
the hell are you doing here?’ As you may have guessed, Arpaio
is another one of those tin-horn Sheriffs re-elected forever (5 terms).
he’s almost as old as God. You simply can’t get a guy like this to
his job is actually a vacation. Especially if he
lives in a
profiling-heaven like Arizona.
He and his staff have been accused of just that, as well as a wide
civil rights violations, misuse of County credit cards, and, like
funds earmarked to improve his jails.
Critics of Arpaio
the timing of the dismissal of charges is conspicuous. Oh really? The weekend before the DNC? I say whatever the excuse, it’s weak, no way around it. Arpaio
also faces two separate cases of civil rights abuses by the DOJ, and a
profiling charge by a Latino group.
Arpaio claims he’s the
toughest Sheriff in America.
He’s dead wrong on that one, the one in
away with murder, literally. The County lockup in Buffalo during the time Howard was
and Undersheriff has outpaced even most Federal Penitentiaries,
the last death of an inmate just this past August 31st, the number is
of the reason for his and his predecessor Tim Gallivan’s
low regard for their inmates is they both are former state troopers.
been rumors of beatings, torture, and psychological warfare designed to
the inmates fight each other.
Howard is said to have spent funding on
operations instead of the care of the inmates, for whom the money was
He spoke before the County Legislature Safety Committee where Erie
Comptroller, David J. Shenk, said the
have been spent for inmate betterment programs. The local media
audit released on 10/25 which says he spent $780,000 from “premium
to place phone calls on new automobiles, a computer system, furniture,
For now, they are apparently able to say ‘boo’
and send Obama’s DOJ scurrying.
Until 2010 the phone and commissary
funds were all
put into the same pot until County Executive, Mark Poloncarz,
then the County Comptroller, separated them (supposedly to “improve
transparency”) to clear the way for Howard. With the phone fund there
restrictions on the newly-made funds as there were for commissary
latest on Poloncarz is he is now trying to
funding from the County Comptroller’s office by one third, in
staffs having to do with (you guessed it) auditing and tax receiving.
have always been penalties for doing your job too well in Buffalo
government. Aside from Poloncarz, Sheriff
Howard’s defenders on the legislature
are Kevin “Hardline” Hardwick and Joseph Loringo.
In the meantime, the death of Patrick
is the result of a beating he took from a fellow inmate, Tyshawn
Ball, on August 5th. Here’s hoping Howard’s latest investigation
go the way of his previous one with the DOJ that resulted in nothing a
years ago, or along the line
of Arpaio’s. Now that the Obama
doesn’t have to worry about re-election, maybe they can travel to
Phoenix and other trouble spots around the country and start justifying
fear so many of these old crackers have of him and his liberal
start forcing some corruption and abuse indictments and implement jail
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