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Follow this Tribune link to some of the discussion that followed my Blog of the police investigating themselves. Please feel free to let me know what you think. With what's going on inside of the Pinal and Maricopa County Sheriff's Offices and the Phoenix PD, and even questions about some East Valley police agencies and cities covering up questions of police misconduct, this topic will be around for quite sometime. No doubt I'll be writing more about it in the future.
You asked for opinions recently about internal affairs investigations.
The Pinal County case is one example of the nexus of a good internal affairs policy. If the top administrator does not have a clear and consistent approach to internal affairs investigations then the concept of internal investigations is challenged with the allegations of "white wash." Your article outlines and asserts "white wash" in the Puroll case. Additionally, you are asserting corruption in that Puroll's case was white washed and then he was promoted to a position which has access to sensitive information. Puroll who was allegedly talking with Mexican nationals about killing Rubin, something Puroll did not report internally, is now in a position possibly to take other offers on killing journalists from Mexican nationals and in turn supply sensitive information back across the border.
This is all speculation on my part because I do not have access to the facts. Perspective suggest though that the Puroll's internal investigation, the attempted murder of Puroll, and Puroll's role in talking with Mexican nationals about murder of a journalist should go to the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, if that is the next step.
Additionally, if the Pinal County Board of Supervisors cannot trust the internal affairs process to investigate Puroll, then that body needs to decide how to fix public policy with regard to investigating issues involving deputies. If they don't, then the voters of Pinal County are facing a horrible issue concerning the integrity of the Board and the Sheriff's Office.
It would be interesting to understand the extent of internal policies and procedures for investigation of deputies in Pinal County. I am not sure where Pinal County leaves off and Arizona P.O.S.T. begins on these issues. If Puroll violated any laws without saying anything, is certainly grounds in my mind to recommend revocation of his peace officer standing in Arizona.
Interesting. Just think back. Babeu campaigns for John McCain, version 2.0, setting John up for the phrase "Build the dang fense" and Babeu cannot make up his mind on how to handle his own "border insecurity" problems. Babeu appears to be changing his mind more repeatedly and frequently than McCain ever did.
Wonder where Babeu stands today on building fenses?
Bill has a continuous pattern of writing columns with only portions of the facts which make his columns more controversial.
In this column, Bill should have included the fact that Paul Rubin who wrote about the alleged statements in the Phoenix New Times has expressed that he has full confidence in the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office to investigate this case. I suppose if he wrote that fact, it would once again take away from the impact of his column.
Maybe Bill should write his next column explaining how he no longer writes columns for the Arizona Republic because he was let go due to allegations of him being a racist.
PCSO- I find it interesting that you referenced what Az Republic did to Mr. Richardson. I also find it interesting that the reason that happened was because of the Tempe Police Chief and his assistant Charles Cobbs. This story of how corruption can happen is also about what is happening in the Tempe Police Department.
The corruption in the Tempe Police Department is being covered up by the City Manager, Charlie Meyer. The corruption of the city manager is being covered up by the City Attorney, Andrew Ching and the Council and the Mayor.
Thanks for bringing that up. [beam]
PCSO, Bill writes "opinion." Your press releases are getting to be a little strong on "opinion" too.
We still marvel about your recently crafted press release that showed all PCSO has been doing (just prior to the news breaking about Puroll's suspension). Again, YOUR article, so explain to us again how "fifty (50)" illegals got in that F-250 you reported your agency spotted on November 22?
The above comments are meant in no way to disparage the hardworking deputies at PCSO.
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