Looking past Joe Arpaio

 

The brutalization of powerless people who look and speak differently.

Unlawful detainment and arrests.

Opponents of such tactics threatened, arrested, even jailed for no reason, "or forced to defend against specious civil complaints or other baseless charges."

A number of "troubling" incidents of use of excessive force.

Clear abuses of the constitution.

These sound like the sort of horrifying developments that might occur in some distant police state, don't they?  Well, they're not.

You're looking at a few of the findings of an ongoing U.S. Department of Justice investigation of Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) -- headed by none other than the (in)famous Joe Arpaio.