Sheriff Arpaio mocks mentally ill in mugshot contest
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio began a “mugshot of the day” contest today, in which web surfers can vote for their favorite photo taken of inmates at Arpaio’s jails.
Inevitably, on the first day, at least one of the top vote-getters is seriously mentally ill.
As of this writing, Barbara Cyran’s mugshot has received 447 votes and ranks in second place. Cyran, 48, was booked into jail Saturday, accused of indecent exposure. Like the other ranking vote-recipients, Cyran has been accused but not convicted of the crime for which she was arrested.
A simple check of Maricopa County court records shows that less than two years ago, Cyran was declared mentally incompetent and was ordered into mental-health treatment.