Joe Arpaio (pronounced are-pie-oh, with the accent on the pie). TrustMovies first read about Sheriff Arpaio in an article from Harper's Magazine back in April, 2001. At the time, I figured that someone this crazy and nasty couldn't last long in office here in America. Then 9/11 happened, and all bets were off. Arpaio not only lasted, as the years passed, he's simply grown stronger, stupider and nastier.
highest Court), has seen to it that a topsy-turvy and utterly ghastly version of "justice" reigns supreme in Maricopa Country, Arizona -- of which our Joe is in charge. Filmmaker Randy Murray, shown at left, clearly has the help of Sheriff Joe and his staff, and for awhile, as his movie unfurls, the worst you can say about its subject is that Joe is quite the narcissistic media whore. Hey, at this point that could apply to at least two-thirds of the population of the USA, and it's no crime, right? Just wait. By the time Mr. Murray's damning documentary is finished, we've seen how this pig of a sheriff has turned what should be a force for justice into the nation's largest miscarriage of same.
Lisa Allen, above, supposed Communication (sic) Director who appears to be in charge of PR and media attention for her boss. Initially, Joe and Lisa use the oh-so-willing media to hawk their publicity stunts -- like having jail inmates, when a new jail is opened, walk there in front of the cameras dressed only in their pink underwear, or even in earlier times, have his staff take to the streets and nearby plains to find the lost ostrich of one of his constituents. (The latter event made national news: Well, of course -- its so important!)
Steven Seagal (above), Ted Nugent and one aged white supporter who goes out of her way to explain why she is not racist -- while indicting herself perfectly in the process. More interesting and to the point are folk like Professor Dan Ariely, below, who tries to explain the Arpaio phenomena, along with Noam Chomsky and Paul Penzone, the fellow whom we see running against Arpaio in the 2012 election, which Murray covers in some detail.
ID Films and Randy Murray Productions, and running a consistently interesting 100 minutes -- makes its debut on digital streaming -- via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, GooglePlay, Xbox, Playstation, and Vudu -- this coming Tuesday, December 16. If you have even a remote interest in the idea of justice and policing in America,
don't miss it.