~~By Jim Kouri~~January 31, 2012--(Jim will be our guest today on The Morning Zone at 7:07AM MST and will talk more about this)
His postings read in part: I plan to kill Arpaio first. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out. I promise you this. He won’t [expletive] with Obama. He will be buried 10 feet under and his whole family will be murdered along with him.
Deputies in Knoxville, Tennessee working with Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant and seized computer and other evidence from the home of Adam Eugene Cox after an investigation into an internet death threat against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio came to light, according to a report from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on Friday.
The 33-year old Cox was arrested Friday and taken into custody on an unrelated arrest warrant for an aggravated assault and is currently being investigated as the prime suspect in the Arpaio death threat investigation.
In that threat, Cox stated Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family would be killed.
His postings read in part: I plan to kill Arpaio first. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out. I promise you this. He won’t f**k with Obama. He will be buried 10 feet under and his whole family will be murdered along with him.
Cox is suspected of becoming angry when Sheriff Arpaio responded to a citizens' complaint regarding President Barack Obama's birth records and questioning of his Constitutional right to hold the office of U.S. President. Upon receiving the criminal complaint, Arpaio stated he would launch an investigation into the validity of Obama's birth documents.
The suspect’s mother confirmed to investigators that her son is a fanatical supporter of Obama. According to Knox County Sheriff’s deputies, Cox has a history of violent hehavior.
Arpaio’s investigation into the Obama birth certificate question has received a fair amount of press coverage since the investigation began late last year. The case is being handled by the Sheriff’s volunteer cold case posse, made up of retired police detectives and lawyers, and at no expense to the taxpayer. Their initial findings are expected to be announced within 30 days, Arpaio says.
Arpaio says, “I will not be intimated against pursuing this investigation into Obama’s eligibility to serve as the President of the United States.”
The case involving Cox is one of numerous death threats made against Arpaio including several different Mexican drug cartels which have threatened the Sheriff’s life and placed a contract nearing $4 million dollars for his execution.
Friday’s arrest, however, is the first death threat involving the Obama investigation.
“Every threat will be taken seriously, and the Sheriff knows that his position often attracts threats but he draws the line when his family is threatened,” says Deputy Chief David Trombi. whose detectives have overseen the threat investigations against Arpaio.
This particular threat took deputies from Arizona to California where search warrants were served on Google headquarters to Knoxville, Tennessee. At Google, deputies served a separate search warrant involving a different threat against Arpaio related to the recent shooting death of Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy William Coleman.
In addition to repeatedly blasting Sheriff Arpaio, the Justice Department is expected to file a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Arizona asking a federal judge to order changes in the sheriff's office.
Critics of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Obama believe the Arpaio case is designed to coincide with the U.S. Supreme Court's hearing on Arizona's immigration law (SB1070), and as strategy to strengthen the president's position with the Hispanic voting base.
"It's not beyond Obama's bag of tricks to portray border security proponents as racist and xenophobic," warns former police commander Mike Snopes.
Meanwhile, Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano wasted no time piling on Arpaio. She stripped his department of its authority to enforce immigration laws and regulations.
"Accordingly, and effective immediately, DHS is terminating (the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's) 287(g) jail model agreement and is restricting the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office access to the Secure Communities program," stated Napolitano.
The Maricopa Sheriff’s “systematic disregard for basic constitutional protections has created a wall of distrust between the sheriff’s office and large segments of the community, which dramatically compromises the ability to protect and serve the people,” said Thomas Perez, the Assistant Attorney General Obama appointed to run the DOJ’s bloated civil rights division.
Ironically, it was less than a year ago that a top Obama immigration official defended the Maricopa County Sheriff’s program to crackdown on illegal immigration, which clearly triggered the DOJ racial profiling investigation, according to the Judicial Watch blog.
Dozens of illegal aliens with criminal records have been apprehended, restoring law and order in a large Phoenix business district rife with solicitation, trespassing, loitering and public health ordinance violations created by day laborers.
Earlier this year the assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (John Morton) said there was no evidence of racial profiling by deputies in Maricopa County and that the majority of the illegal immigrants arrested have been convicted of serious crimes, according to the Judicial Watch blog.
“Sixty nine percent of the people we receive in Maricopa County have been convicted of Level 1 and Level 2 offenses, which are serious felony offenses, drug trafficking, assaults, rape,” Morton said during a meeting with editors of a local newspaper.
He added that the Maricopa program has been consistent with meeting his agency’s priority of arresting illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes.