Updates: 07/21/2017 more on Babeau; 07/20/2017 rawstory article dated 03/2017 on border patrol nominee Babeau
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Paul Babeau - Arizona Border Patrol Corruption
Note: Please notice the Massachusettes connection
Phoenix New TImes Paul Babeaus Mexican exlover says sheriffs attorney threatened him with deportaiton (2012)
Huffington Post: How the closet corrupted Babeau. By Michelangelo Signorile (02/06/2016)
Raw Story: FBI corruption probe just the tip of the iceberg for Trump’s scandal plagued border patrol
Excerpts Pres. Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is being
investigated by the FBI for possible improper use of money and weapons seized during criminal
investigations….For six years, Babeu carried on an affair with an undocumented immigrant named Jose Orozco.
Babeu reportedly threatened to use his powers as sheriff to have Orozco deported from the U.S. if he ever
breathed a word about their relationship to the public….But Babeu’s penchant for scandal goes beyond dating
an illegal immigrant and allegedly threatening him with deportation; lest we forget the school — described by
one member of Congress as a ‘place of horrors‘ — he ran for troubled youth before he became sheriff,” said King.
From 1999 to 2001, Babeu was headmaster and executive director at the DeSisto School in Massachusetts, a
“therapeutic boarding school” for at-risk students. The school was accused of rampant sexual, psychological and
physical abuse of students. “ABC 15, in Phoenix, Arizona, investigated the allegations and unearthed video of
Babeu bragging about abusing students, some of whom had psychological disorders,” said King. Students were
allowed to impose strip-searches on each other and took group showers which “[led] to sexual abuse.”Babeu is
accused of stonewalling an investigation into abuse at the DeSisto School and, more disturbingly, his sister Lucy
Babeu told ABC 15 that she caught her brother engaging in a sexual relationship with a minor boy from the
school…Babeu is accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars taken from drug offenders into the
coffers of the Arizona Public Safety Foundation, a nonprofit agency run with close ties to the sheriff’s office.
Under the law, seized funds are known as RICO money, named for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations Act. The money is purportedly only to be used by law enforcement agencies to fight organized
crime. However, Babeu’s sheriff’s department reportedly treated the seized assets as a “slush fund,” channeling
them to the Arizona Public Safety Foundation, which then turned around and spent the money on Babeu’s
department. An ACLU lawsuit filed in 2015 says, “At a minimum, it seems that by funneling money to a private
group which buys things for him and his department … Babeu is able to avoid procurement laws and other
transparency regulations which usually apply to government purchasing.”
Veterans Today, Gordon Duff, (2012)
07/20/2017: Note from River Gold: Veterans Today is generally or widely considered a suspect source of
journalism. In the article below, it is using a perhaps even more suspect source, The Examiner. We can ask why
Veterans Today is concerned with Arizona. Despite these concerns, the article is included here in case Gordon
Duff knows something we don’t know about Arizona, or is linked to in in some way which would useful to our
investigations into Arizona police corruption. Because of some things that have happened to me in Arizona and
because of “psychic types of vibes” I carry strong suspicions that something dangerously weird is going on in
Arizona, and that it includes police or police agency networks, along with certain rural area postal masters (like
Williams) and with some kind of private network(s) hanging out around local areas - it could include
neighborhood watch types even if they are not formally listed as such with the police. Because of this, Veterans
Today’s inserts on Arizona don’t seem so weird or unlikely - again, almost like Duff or others on his staff know
something. I suspect one thing they are doing around Valle and the WIlliams area is trying to keep outsiders or
certain types of people out through various forms of sabotage, which includes taking stuff or messing with stuff
on the property, surveillance networks around department stores and parking lots. I feel they aggressively
retaliative and extremely sneaky.
Excerpt: What if I were to tell you that highly authoritative experts believe the State of Arizona is largely under
the control of Mexican drug lords and organized crime? Who do I ask? We have a former candidate for governor
on staff, retired intelligence officers, retired very senior FBI along with broad access to those public servants who
will talk privately though most live in fear. A week ago, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Deaver died in a “one car
accident” while on an empty road. He was heading out on a hunting trip, planning to meet with his son. His
2008 4 wheel drive Dodge pickup truck ran off an empty dirt road and he was killed. We know different. This
was an assassination using a commonly known tactic called “Boston brakes.” Look it up on your computer, it
makes for very good reading. Excerpt from Veterans Today continues with quote from the Examiner. From the
Examiner: There are concerns about a compromised DOJ: In September 2011, the Department of Justice (DOJ)
issued a warning to local law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona, informing them that they were being
targeted by the powerful and violent Mexican drug cartels. The DOJ’s 2011 Drug Market Analysis for Arizona
stated the cartels “have begun to threaten local police officers to deter their enforcement activities. Violent
criminal groups often referred to as border bandits, rip crews, or bajadores, operate along trafficking corridors in
remote locations, preying upon law enforcement officers and smugglers who transit their territories.” The report
also detailed the expanded use by the cartels of street gangs in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. Local gangs such
as Brown Pride distribute methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin at the street level in Tucson, while the New
Mexican Mafia controls such sales in Phoenix. Of course, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever was killed on
Tuesday evening, in a single vehicle crash while on his way to join his sons on a hunting trip near White Horse
Lake in Coconino County. According to a Coconino County Sheriff’s Office press release, an unidentified driver
was actually following Sheriff Deaver on a desolate stretch of Forest Service Road 109, but lost sight of his 4-
wheel-drive 2008 Chevrolet pickup for a brief period. Then, the driver “saw what appeared to be a cloud of dust,
and as he came closer he learned that the vehicle had rolled over and was resting on its wheels.” The witness
told 911 operators: “he did not detect any signs of life from the single occupant of the vehicle.” The case remains
under investigation, and as of Friday afternoon, Coconino County Medical Examiner, Trish Lee had not yet
released Deaver’s autopsy report.
New York Times
2019/09/11 Arizona State Trooper Arrest
WSJ: Study Names Arizona as Most Corrupt State. Arizona is the most corrupt state in the U.S., according to a
new survey of news reporters. By Samuel Rubenfeld (2014)
10 Worst Police Brutality Videos in Arizona
The Guardian. Arizona Immigration Law spurs abuses. (2010)
Felipe Calderón warns relations with Mexico will suffer as police allowed to stop anyone they suspect is an illegal
immigrant. The law, which gives the police the right to stop anyone they suspect is an illegal immigrant, "opens
the door to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement", Calderón said last night. Trade and
political ties with Arizona would be "seriously affected", he warned.
Arizona anti-police-corruption bill gains (2013)
By Lindsey Collom
The Republic | azcentral.com
Excerpt:A bill giving counties power to take control of corrupt police departments and primarily aimed at the
polygamist enclave of Colorado City passed the Arizona House by an overwhelming majority Thursday.
House Bill 2648, which still needs a Senate vote, would allow county supervisors to appoint a neutral, third-party
administrator to take over a police department determined by the state’s law-enforcement advisory board to
have systemic misconduct or mismanagement.
Phoenix and Metro Area Close to Phoenix
ABC 15: Phoenix police officers indicted for interfering with case have resigned
The Integrity Report Arizona State University ASU
Excerpt: ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE OFFICERS ARE SO FED UP WITH CORRUPTION THEY SUE THEIR
OWN POLICE DEPARTMENT. 13 NEWS OUTLETS AND COUNTING.
Phoenix Police Brutality Protest Ends Clash (2014)
Phoenix, Maricopa County. CNN: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio under investigation for alleged abuse of
power. Chuck Conder, (2010)
Excerpt: But the 77-year-old lawman is himself the subject of serious allegations of abuse of power. Arpaio's
critics say he has a long history of launching bogus criminal investigations against political opponents and
anyone else who gets in his way. This year a federal grand jury started looking into the allegations.
Former Maricopa County School Superintendent Sandra Dowling says what happened to her is a case in point.
Dowling says was locked in a political battle with some members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
over school district funds when the sheriff's SWAT team came in the dead of night to search her home. Dowling
was charged with stealing money from a school for homeless students. There were 25 felony counts in all.
"Never could I have imagined what a nightmare was waiting ahead," Dowling said.
Arpaio promised to uncover massive public corruption -- "We are looking into all avenues of this investigation,"
he said -- and to win a speedy conviction.
From the start Dowling maintained her innocence: "I kept saying I didn't do anything. I didn't do anything."
It took three years, but finally a judge threw out all the felony counts against Dowling. She entered a guilty plea
to a single misdemeanor charge. But she said her reputation had been shattered, her career destroyed, and she
owed more than $100,000 in legal fees.
"I still don't think that everybody knows I was innocent," she said.
Dowling is not alone. Arpaio has launched -- either on his own or in conjunction with the county attorney -- high-
profile criminal investigations against a who's who of Maricopa County politicians and officials.
Disturbing Video of Police Brutality Just Emerged in Arizona (2014)
Mesa Police respond to excessive force claims (Nov 2015)
Williams Police Officers Resign (2012)
LARRY HENDRICKS News Team Leader
Two Williams police officers have resigned their positions with the police department.
A third is scheduled to serve 80 hours of suspension in the wake of an Aug. 10, 2012, incident involving the arrest
of an intoxicated man.
A group, calling itself a Concerned Group of Local Citizens, has sent a letter to members of local and state
government, law enforcement and the news media calling for further investigation into the matter.
Williams Police Chief Herman Nixon said the matter came to light in October when videotapes of bookings at
the Williams police facility were being reviewed.
The video, according to Nixon, shows officer Will Starcevich putting a person who is in handcuffs into a
chokehold after the man had spit on the officer.
The man, a transient from California who was intoxicated and combative, had been arrested at a local market,
Nixon said. The man made threats of violence and struggled with officers.
Nixon stated that a chokehold on a handcuffed person, even when the person is combative, is against the
department's policy. Nixon said that when he went to suspend Starcevich to conduct an investigation into the
policy violation, Starcevich resigned in late October.
Boycott, Arizona near I-17. Arizona police abuse disabled girl and kill her service dog, Dunkin. (2010)
Updates 2020/05/14 New York Times-2019/09/11 10/25/2016