When I started to write this article, the title was going to be, “Arpaio should dissolve the Cold Case Posse,” but then I realized that the Cold Case Posse is an independent non-profit corporation not run by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office: The MCSO didn’t charter it; they don’t fund it; they don’t oversee it; they can’t make it go away. They can, however, sever all ties with it.
In all of this birther stuff, the reason for the Cold Case Posse gets lost. They were chartered to look into unsolved homicides in Maricopa County, Arizona. Here’s what the Cold Case Posse web site says:
In October of 2006, Sheriff Arpaio ordered the creation of the MCSO Cold Case Posse (CCP). The purpose of the CCP was to assist in the investigation of Cold Case Homicides. Since its inception, the CCP has been placed under the guidance and control of The General Investigation Division’s Homicide Squad (GID).
Nothing on the CCP web site suggests that they have ever actually assisted any homicide investigation, much less solved any cold cases. It’s 100% Obama birth certificate. So if they aren’t doing what they are supposed to do, then they shouldn’t exist.
More importantly, the Cold Case Posse with their wild accusations, fabricated evidence, crazy conspiracy theories, lack of proper law enforcement procedures, grandstanding, and use of unqualified experts puts a permanent taint on anything they might do in the future. That is, any evidence they developed in an attempt to solve a cold case could be impeached by the fact that they faked evidence, lied, and didn’t know what they are talking about in the past when they “investigated” President Obama’s birth certificate. Using the Cold Case Posse to develop evidence in a cold case homicide investigation would be like giving a murderer a