Judge: 'Sheriff Joe' Guilty of Racial Profiling
Federal ruling calls strategy by Maricopa County's Arpaio unconstitutional
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2013 6:01 AM CDT
This Jan. 9, 2013, file photo shows Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(Newser) – Joe Arpaio of Arizona bills himself as "America's toughest sheriff," but a federal judge has ruled that he doesn't understand America's own Constitution. In a blistering 142-page decision, US District Court Judge Murray Snow wrote that Arpaio engaged in racial profiling against Latino drivers and passengers in his crusade against illegal immigration, reports Reuters. Snow ordered Arpaio and his deputies in Arizona's Maricopa County to immediately stop using race as a factor in their police work. The sheriff's attorney promised a quick appeal. "In the meantime, we will meet with the court and comply with the letter and spirit of the order," says attorney Tim Casey.

"The great weight of the evidence is that all types of saturation patrols at issue in this case incorporated race as a consideration into their operations," wrote Snow. Says the ACLU's Cecillia Wang, "Singling people out for traffic stops and detentions simply because they're Latino is illegal and just plain un-American." Wang was an attorney for the plaintiffs in the class-action suit brought by Hispanic drivers, which did not seek monetary damages or punishment for Arpaio, only a change in policy, reports AP. Backers of a recall against Arpaio say they hope the decision helps their push to gather 100,000 signatures before a seven-day deadline expires, reports the Arizona Republic.

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May 30, 2013 2:35 PM CDT
To NEWSER: why do so many of your like options not work?
May 28, 2013 11:31 AM CDT
One civil servant attempting to stem the flow of illegals in this country is like bailing out the ocean with a bucket. I don't know if he has ulterior motives, like others have posted, but he is the only one(at least publicized) that has given the impression he's trying to do anything about this problem. All our fine politicians have given loads of lip service to solving the problem. With fantastic results, similar to most problems the politicans solve. This cannot be solved on a local level. Someone in power is going to have to get off their ass and introduce legislation that satisfies the public and allows for simplified immigration(not biased against the poor). It is fairly expensive to become a naturalized citizen, something the majority of llegals could not afford. I have sympathy for anyone trying to escape poverty, but the way it's being done is not the way to handle it. From either side of the argument.
May 28, 2013 10:04 AM CDT
I support you Joe....if they are convicted criminals...they have lost their "rights"