May 25, 2013

Judge Slaps Down Arizona's Sheriff Joe

Breaking from
Judge Rules Against Arizona Sheriff in Racial Profiling Case
Maverick Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio violated the constitutional rights of Latinos who were stopped and detained as part of a crackdown on illegal immigrants, a federal judge has ruled.
Arpaio's office cannot detain Latino drivers and passengers only on the suspicion they are illegal immigrants or to use race as a reason to stop a vehicle, U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow ruled. The sheriff's office also was ordered not to detain Latinos stopped for a traffic violation longer than needed to resolve the violation.
The lawsuit was brought on behalf of all Latinos who, since January 2007, have been stopped, detained, questioned or searched by sheriff deputies in Maricopa County.
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