Arpaio is a group formed by mothers and women whose loved ones and
friends have been abused or neglected by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his
employees who, like it or not, must work within the barbaric example he
Sheriff Arpaio proclaims the jails to be a place of punishment and humiliation, even for inmates awaiting trial and not yet convicted of a crime. The Sheriff believes that what happens to them, they deserve; even if it is death. . Our loved ones and friends have been injured, beaten into comas or killed while in jail. We organized to protest the sheriff's excuses, lies and lack of respect for human life and dignity.
We have a mission to inform people of the cruelty and neglect jail inmates have suffered at the hands of Sheriff Arpaio. We intend to provide examples of the many violations, and share the truth on the inmates who paid for their petty crimes with their lives.
We'll explore the story of Brian Crenshaw, a blind inmate beaten into a coma by three guards at Tent City for not showing his ID badge in the lunch line. He was placed back in his cell to die. His injuries included broken toes, a broken neck, and a perforated intestine. Later, the cause of death offered by Sheriff Arpaio was "the man fell off a bunk".
We will also explore the story of Phillip Wilson, who violated his probation for a second time which classified his case as "strike two" under the law of proposition 200. As he was serving his two month sentence in tent city, he was mysteriously hit over the head by a blunt object. There were no witnesses to what was later classified as "The Murder In Tent City", however there were reports that guards supposedly saw five men running from the tent where Phillip lay in his own blood. He was later transported to Boswell Hospital in Sun City after being treated at St Joseph's Hospital. He passed away on November 19th, 2003, four months after his brutal attack. His family received his belongings which were stripped of cash, phone numbers, and other valuable items which have yet to be located. Where are these items? How could such a tragic event take place with no witnesses? Where was the supervision necessary to prevent this horrible event?
These are just a few of the unanswered questions which has brought us together as Mother's Against Arpaio. While there are many cases of brutality in the jails, we have only touched on two of them. We are not pushing for "country club" jails, but hope by our efforts to influence change at the top so that inmates are treated at least as human beings.