Phoenix’ controversial sheriff, Joe Arpaio, has been profiled on “60 Minutes” and the BBC, appeared on countless radio and television shows and featured in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including “The National Enquirer.” Now, says the Arizona Republic, the sheriff has appeared in the New Yorker magazine, described by the Republic as “that left leaning and painstakingly well-written adherent of life in the East Cost megalopolis.”
The full article, available only to subscribers online, “mainly paints the Maricopa County Sheriff as an attention-deprived authoritarian who can’t recognize when someone like faux-newsman Stephen Colbert might get the better of him,” says the Republic. The newspaper calls the article’s highight an exchange with Chief Deputy David Hendershott about the Department of Justice investigation into allegations that sheriff’s deputies engage in a “pattern and practice” of behavior that violates civil rights. The Justice Department “is going to be very surprised that we find the truth to be a very strong ally  And I’m going to shove it up their ass,” Hendershott said. Perhaps this explains why Arpaio announced last week that he is no longer cooperating with the Justice Department probe.