|Great Eastern Hotel, Glasgow|
“Graham has a visual style and writerly voice that are all his own: timely, urban and powerful.”
The Arizona Republic reports that the Phoenix Police Department wastes hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars paying officers accused of misconduct to wait at home as internal investigations drag on for as long as a year, even when there is no dispute about the misconduct the cops are accused of.
Nine years ago, just after the Diamondbacks had won the World Series, I was about to leave Phoenix. I remarked to M.V. Moorhead, “I think the jig’s up here. Colangelo has bought Phoenix the one thing it didn’t need and should never, ever have - respectability.”
How wrong I was. Phoenix has always been corrupt, was actually founded as a hustle, but in the last decade it’s gotten worse beyond my most feverish imaginings, worse to the point of near-apocalypse. We have elected officials who belong in a mental ward, led by a governor who’s barely literate and whose education, such as it was, ended in high school. We have cold-blooded murder by cops, we have cops involved in organized fraud, we have a sheriff who behaves like a regional warlord, we have a new law that’s so racist as to be unconstitutional, we have vast wealth in a state that’s so broke that education and health care aren’t being adequately funded…
As bad as things were here before, the current state of the state makes me almost nostalgic for how innocent and just a little bit mischievous things were back then.
Respectability? That was stupid, even for me.
Stephen Lemons reports that retired Judge Charles E. Jones described Andrew Thomas’ time as Maricopa County Attorney as a “reckless, four-year campaign of corruption and power abuse.”
I’d say that’s about right. And his accomplice Arpaio has been doing it since 1993.
The Arizona Republic reports that the Supreme Court will recommend disbarment for former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Perhaps this well serve as a warning to Bill Montgomery, Thomas’ replacement and fellow Arpaio stooge.
This shows Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Gerster stomping on the neck of a psychiatric inmate, then punching him four times.
As anyone who lives here should know, this kind of thing is the norm.