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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Accused Of Discrimination

On Friday, a federal judge ruled that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies violated the constitutional rights of Latinos by targeting them during raids and traffic stops throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. The ruling comes months after a federal civil trial last year in which Sheriff Arpaio and his office were accused in…

On Friday, a federal judge ruled that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies violated the constitutional rights of Latinos by targeting them during raids and traffic stops throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. The ruling comes months after a federal civil trial last year in which Sheriff Arpaio and his office were accused in a class-action lawsuit of singling out Latinos for stops, questioning and detention.

It also comes in the midst of a heated immigration reform debate in Congress.

Arpaio, who has been Sheriff of Maricopa County since 1992, is famous for his outspoken stance against illegal immigration and support of Arizona’s controversial anti-illegal immigration act, SB 1070. “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” as he calls himself, is also well-known for forcing inmates to wear pink underwear, live in tents and listen to Frank Sinatra – and for using volunteer posses to protect Phoenix-area students in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings.

U.S. district court judge G. Murray Snow’s ruling found that – in addition to constitutional violations – Arpaio focused his department’s resources on arresting illegal immigrants at the expense of fighting crimes. Many of the people targeted by Arpaio’s deputies were actually American citizens or legal residents. The judge found that the sheriff’s department relied on racial profiling – using ethnicity as the primary basis for suspecting that a person was in the country unlawfully – and illegal detentions to target Latinos.

A proponent of strict immigration enforcement, Arpaio boasted that the Maricopa County sheriff’s office would not change its approach to immigration enforcement after the federal government stripped deputies of that authority in 2009. He subsequently decided to train his 800 deputies in immigration enforcement based on an inaccurate understanding of immigration law. Both of these factors made the plaintiffs’ claims in the case relevant, the judge wrote.

The ruling expounded upon the constitutional violations that Sheriff Arpaio’s immigration enforcement efforts brought on Latinos in Maricopa County. It also used Arpaio’s own press releases and statements to the media to conclude that his office illegally used race as a factor to make law-enforcement decisions.

Snow wrote that to the extent that Arpaio’s policy “uses race as a factor in arriving at reasonable suspicion or forming probable cause to stop or investigate persons of Latino ancestry for being in the country without authorization, it violates the Fourth Amendment. In addition, it violates the Plaintiff class’s right to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

No monetary damages were sought by the plaintiffs. Instead, they wanted – and got – an injunction that prevents Maricopa County from using “using Hispanic ancestry or race as any factor in making law enforcement decisions pertaining to whether a person is authorized to be in the country.” The sheriff’s office is also prohibited from reporting a vehicle’s Latino occupants to federal immigration authorities or detaining, holding or arresting them unless deputies have reasonable suspicion that the occupants are violating the state’s human-trafficking and employment laws or committing other crimes.

A lawyer for Maricopa County denied that race was used to make law enforcement decisions and said that the department would appeal the court’s ruling, but it would comply with the terms of the injunction in the meantime.

In a statement to The New York Times, Cecillia Wang, director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – one of the groups that brought the lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department – hailed the ruling.

“Let this be a warning to anyone who hides behind a badge to wage their own private campaign against Latinos or immigrants that there is no exception in the Constitution for violating people’s rights in immigration enforcement,” she told the paper.

amy lazenby

Amy Lazenby is a wife, mother of three and small business owner with her husband who splits her time between South Carolina and Georgia. She writes with a liberal world view on most issues, but enjoys exploring where the liberal and libertarian political axes intersect. Follow her on Twitter @Mrs_Laz.

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58 comments

GrandTango May 27, 2013 at 9:58 am

Obama and the Media HATES this man because he represents TRUTH. And it’s truth that does not help the Racist Obama, politically…

That said: As a liberal, Lizenby is open to attack as a RACIST. Even the punch-drunk and simple-minded like FITS will eventually figure out that you are Bigots and Haters against non-liberal Whites and Conservatives…

Fact is: Racism is Immoral, just as liberalism is immoral. You people have NO PROBLEM with racial hatred, as long as it’s you being the Racist…

As for me: I know racial hatred is wrong, and I will not tolerate it on ANY level. Not even for the politically trendy leftwing radicals, like you and Obama…

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Frank Pytel May 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

T you got to read this crap before you hit the post button. You say he represents the truth in the first paragraph (assuming you like him or affirm his policies).

Then you go into racism is bad?? WTF. That’s what he got busted for. I don’t believe it or the judge, but shit T. Try not to tie the knots for the libitards please. You make their case for them on nearly every post.

I can’t stand the moron for personal reasons. Hope he dies painfully over a very very long period of time.

Have a Great Day!! :) There won’t be many left with the libitard judges making rulings like this.

Frank Pytel

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Sex Wax May 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Great point, FP!!

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GrandTango May 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Just because you are stupid enough to accept their definition, does not make it accurate.

Liberal attorneys are vile, in way too many cases, They go into the courtroom and peddle a false religion… And judges as Filthy and corrupt as they are…support them…

And Stupid people believe both of them, because they do not think for themselves.

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Frank Pytel May 28, 2013 at 7:37 am

I surrender. Have a Great Day T

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GrandTango May 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

GOOD: I love it when Dumb@$$#$ QUIT.
You Hate Sheriff Joe because the media and Obama tell you to. I doubt VERY Seriously you know him personally to hate him personally.
When a man stands up for America, it’s dumb@$$#$ like you…who the left incorporates to attack. You should be ashamed for your Ignorance, simple-mind and your attacks on a good man.

Frank Pytel May 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I don’t need to know him personally to hate him, T. I don’t know you.
As to why I hate him, that’s personal business and non of your concern.

A Friend May 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

Again, T, you can’t see the message for the messenger. If you think “Racism is Immoral, you “know racial hatred is wrong, and (I) will not tolerate it on ANY level,” then that’s that. The judge made the right decision, according to your own stated beliefs. What does bringing Obama or liberalism or Lazenby into this add to your point?

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Me Thinks May 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

He has this problem with smart women.

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So May 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

Good. This man has been acting outside of his authority for years. He’s a nut and should lose his job because of this.

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Frank Pytel May 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Very poorly stated. Do your own research and stop regurgitating the pablum you’re fed by the MSM.

Have a Great Day!! :) There won’t be many left with the Demlicans and Republicrats in charge.

Frank Pytel

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Jury May 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm

To believe that he hasn’t been acting outside of the law is to be ignorant of reality.

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Frank Pytel May 28, 2013 at 7:39 am

The comment is about the poor research, not the fact that arpaho is an asshole.

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A Friend May 28, 2013 at 9:06 am

What poor research? What is wrong – or poorly researched – with what “So” said? “So” and “Jury” said basically the same thing.

So May 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

Good. This man has been acting outside of his authority for years. He’s a nut and should lose his job because of this.

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Frank Pytel May 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Very poorly stated. Do your own research and stop regurgitating the pablum you’re fed by the MSM.

Have a Great Day!! :) There won’t be many left with the Demlicans and Republicrats in charge.

Frank Pytel

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Jury May 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm

To believe that he hasn’t been acting outside of the law is to be ignorant of reality.

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Frank Pytel May 28, 2013 at 7:39 am

The comment is about the poor research, not the fact that arpaho is an asshole.

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A Friend May 28, 2013 at 9:06 am

What poor research? What is wrong – or poorly researched – with what “So” said? “So” and “Jury” said basically the same thing.

Scrappy May 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

If you are going Rabbit hunting you look for a small furry animal with big ears. I would go out on a limb and say that when hunting for Latinos you look for people that look like, well……..Latinos!

The problem in this country is were afraid to hurt somebody’s feelings. That’s half the reason this country is in the mess it’s in.

Israel has been profiling terrorist for years. Since they began doing this in airports (many years before 9-11) they never have had a hijacking. They don’t heard their citizens like cattle, search them, x ray them and God knows what else. They profile them! Works like a charm so far!

We in this country would rather humiliate our citizens to include children and the elderly just to get on a plane instead of singling someone out in a airport for questioning. Also don’t forget if you are here illegally how are you afforded protection under the constitution?

I realize that America has always been the “Melting Pot” and this is how this country was founded. Sad to say, but we can’t take care of our own citizens much less every other third world countries. Not to mention some have made a “sport” out of killing us!

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Frank Pytel May 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Well said.

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shifty henry May 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm

……excellent post!

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Cleveland Steamer May 27, 2013 at 10:42 pm

So if your looking for 501c4 frequent tax cose violators, you’d have no problem in red flagging those groups that have proven to be problematic.

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Thomas May 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Good point.

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LodiJoe June 3, 2013 at 11:22 am

Grow up. The only reason the IRS went after conservative groups is because they opposed your king obama. Obama’s half brother got a 501c for some BS organization that only makes HIM money.

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Scrappy May 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

If you are going Rabbit hunting you look for a small furry animal with big ears. I would go out on a limb and say that when hunting for Latinos you look for people that look like, well……..Latinos!

The problem in this country is were afraid to hurt somebody’s feelings. That’s half the reason this country is in the mess it’s in.

Israel has been profiling terrorist for years. Since they began doing this in airports (many years before 9-11) they never have had a hijacking. They don’t heard their citizens like cattle, search them, x ray them and God knows what else. They profile them! Works like a charm so far!

We in this country would rather humiliate our citizens to include children and the elderly just to get on a plane instead of singling someone out in a airport for questioning. Also don’t forget if you are here illegally how are you afforded protection under the constitution?

I realize that America has always been the “Melting Pot” and this is how this country was founded. Sad to say, but we can’t take care of our own citizens much less every other third world countries. Not to mention some have made a “sport” out of killing us!

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Frank Pytel May 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Well said.

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shifty henry May 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm

……excellent post!

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Cleveland Steamer May 27, 2013 at 10:42 pm

So if your looking for 501c4 frequent tax cose violators, you’d have no problem in red flagging those groups that have proven to be problematic.

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Thomas May 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Good point.

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LodiJoe June 3, 2013 at 11:22 am

Grow up. The only reason the IRS went after conservative groups is because they opposed your king obama. Obama’s half brother got a 501c for some BS organization that only makes HIM money.

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lowcorider May 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Wait until they learn of his J Edgar Hoover problem.

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Lowcorider May 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Wait until they learn of his J Edgar Hoover problem.

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Jim May 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm

The Judge is right and should make the sheriff spend time with Rev Sharpton and NAACP on how to treat people and get them ready for the future. Civil Rights are so important to law abiding citizens. Welcome all People coming into the USA. Your journey is protected by the Federal Government. Just remember everything is paid for by tax paying US Citizen that have to obey the laws of their great nation. So WELCOME

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OK May 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm

The Judge is right and should make the sheriff spend time with Rev Sharpton and NAACP on how to treat people and get them ready for the future. Civil Rights are so important to law abiding citizens. Welcome all People coming into the USA. Your journey is protected by the Federal Government. Just remember everything is paid for by tax paying US Citizen that have to obey the laws of their great nation. So WELCOME

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GrandTango May 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Sheriff Joe respects and defends the Constitution. Obama opposes the Constitution and attacks it.anyone should be prosecuted it’s Obama.

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deke May 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

stupid ruling. racial profiling??
how else are you able to filter out the illegals from the legal if not by interrogating whomever is around?
another thing..
if this ruling is allowed to be law, then, essentially, what it is saying is.. our law enforcement cannot stop hispanics for fear of “racial profiling”.
..think about it some, people.
..that means some hispanic person could drive a truck across OUR border which is full of illegals and/OR drugs. and not fear being stopped for questioning.
does that make any sense at all?
last but not least.. we already have on the books “search and seizure” laws which allow our law enforcement to question ANYBODY for whatever reason if they are in the 100 mile border zone. these laws have been in place since the beginning. and now, we have this stupid judge bring down this ruling?
that federal judge has no business being a judge.

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deke May 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

stupid ruling. racial profiling??
how else are you able to filter out the illegals from the legal if not by interrogating whomever is around?
another thing..
if this ruling is allowed to be law, then, essentially, what it is saying is.. our law enforcement cannot stop hispanics for fear of “racial profiling”.
..think about it some, people.
..that means some hispanic person could drive a truck across OUR border which is full of illegals and/OR drugs. and not fear being stopped for questioning.
does that make any sense at all?
last but not least.. we already have on the books “search and seizure” laws which allow our law enforcement to question ANYBODY for whatever reason if they are in the 100 mile border zone. these laws have been in place since the beginning. and now, we have this stupid judge bring down this ruling?
that federal judge has no business being a judge.

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Uschie May 28, 2013 at 5:25 am

Most of you who make such idiotic statements should come out here and live in Arizona, and you should realize that Sheriff Joe has been the only one to help us with this miserable immigration mess. You need to live out here so that you would understand the mess before you make such dumb and derogatory comments about Sheriff Joe. If it were not for him, we would have “gone down the tubes” a long time ago.

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GreenvilleLwyr May 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

So it’s okay to violate the civil rights of American citizens who happen to be of Hispanic or Latino descent?

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Uschie May 28, 2013 at 5:25 am

Most of you who make such idiotic statements should come out here and live in Arizona, and you should realize that Sheriff Joe has been the only one to help us with this miserable immigration mess. You need to live out here so that you would understand the mess before you make such dumb and derogatory comments about Sheriff Joe. If it were not for him, we would have “gone down the tubes” a long time ago.

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GreenvilleLwyr May 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

So it’s okay to violate the civil rights of American citizens who happen to be of Hispanic or Latino descent?

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GreenvilleLwyr May 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

The headline should read that he is found to discriminate. “Accused” makes it seem like no decision by a court had been rendered.

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A Friend May 28, 2013 at 9:07 am

Totally agree. He was accused, and then the court found that he clearly discriminated. Bad headline.

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GreenvilleLwyr May 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

The headline should read that he is found to discriminate. “Accused” makes it seem like no decision by a court had been rendered.

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A Friend May 28, 2013 at 9:07 am

Totally agree. He was accused, and then the court found that he clearly discriminated. Bad headline.

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? May 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

Is there a “Top Cop” more drunk on power than this guy anywhere? Maybe the former “Top Cop” in Columbia?

Time to bring back Hunter S. Thompson’s “Freak Power” ticket/party, and only allow non-LEO’s on it.

Citizen review boards(elected, non leo related positions/people) should be a part of EVERY PD everywhere, with unlimited investigative ability and authoritah :).

Right now cops are super citizens, they have extra/more “rights” than most anyone else.

That’s why they drive around with the “blue line” stickers on their personal vehicles. It’s a virtual “get out of jail free” card.

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? May 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

Is there a “Top Cop” more drunk on power than this guy anywhere? Maybe the former “Top Cop” in Columbia?

Time to bring back Hunter S. Thompson’s “Freak Power” ticket/party, and only allow non-LEO’s on it.

Citizen review boards(elected, non leo related positions/people) should be a part of EVERY PD everywhere, with unlimited investigative ability and authoritah :).

Right now cops are super citizens, they have extra/more “rights” than most anyone else.

That’s why they drive around with the “blue line” stickers on their personal vehicles. It’s a virtual “get out of jail free” card.

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LodiJoe June 3, 2013 at 11:19 am

Only the liberal knuckle draggers are trying to punish a law enforcement agency for doing their JOB. What part of ILLEGAL do they not understand. Go Sherriff Joe.

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LodiJoe June 3, 2013 at 11:19 am

Only the liberal knuckle draggers are trying to punish a law enforcement agency for doing their JOB. What part of ILLEGAL do they not understand. Go Sherriff Joe.

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LodiJoe June 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

Obama has been after Sherriff Joe ever since he was elected. He knew that Joe was going to be thorn in his side so he is throwing everything he can to discredit and minimize his powers. Political, pure and simple. S C R E W obama.

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LodiJoe June 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

Obama has been after Sherriff Joe ever since he was elected. He knew that Joe was going to be thorn in his side so he is throwing everything he can to discredit and minimize his powers. Political, pure and simple. S C R E W obama.

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