Poor, poor Sheriff Joe. Maricopa County’s own insane, racist, birther lawdog, who recently claimed to have enough evidence to arrest
Barry Soetoro Barack Obama for fraud, is about to lose some of his favorite toys because he can’t be trusted to put them away when he’s done with them.
Arpaio is preparing to send back hundreds of weapons acquired through the U.S. Government’s 1033 program, which supplies local police with military surplus equipment. By Joe’s own account, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office lost or misplaced more than 9 guns over a 20 year period, and is being forced to return all items received through the program. In addition, an internal audit revealed that around 20 firearms had “vanished” from his department — several of them casually taken home by retiring officers.
On Tuesday, Joe pouted while attempting to hide his immeasurable sadness. “It really doesn’t mean anything. Look at the handguns. They probably don’t work anyway. We have plenty of our own,” Arpaio said.
He made a thinly-veiled plea for additional funding, blaming the negligence of those in his office on the computer system. “We’d like to find them. We don’t know where they’re at. We keep auditing to try to find them, but way back then we didn’t have the high-tech computer system [to track them],” Arpaio explained.
The MCSO is losing more than 200 weapons, including M-16 and M-14 rifles, five helicopters, , two armored vehicles, and 158 pairs of night vision goggles.
Arpaio says that he and his deputies don’t even use those old guns anyway, boy howdie. The toys his office has bought, he claims, are better than what he acquired through the program. He also says he’s not worried about losing those super-awesome night vision goggles. “We were buying those anyway. We have the money,” he said.
Despite his huffing and puffing about how he does not need any of what he is losing, Arpaio’s department will be asking for an extension on its backup helicopter, as a replacement will not be ready until March 2015.
Last month, however, Sheriff Joe had a slightly different opinion of the program from which his department was terminated. “We want this military surplus so we have enough firepower to protect ourselves and the public,” Arpaio said of the program in August.