Sheriff Arpaio, Racial Profiling is Illegal

As the immigration debate continues across Arizona, most pragmatic people seem to agree on a few undeniable facts: racial profiling is illegal. Stopping a motorist for no reason other than their skin color is wrong. Terrorizing American citizens under the guise of immigration enforcement is intolerable.

This week, a class action lawsuit brought by the victims of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s racial profiling practices will get underway. These proceedings will hopefully change the way Arpaio runs the Sheriff’s Office and prevent future instances of discrimination. Among our goals: helping deputies return to pursuing outstanding felony warrants and child rape cases that have been ignored for years, rather than being forced to detain law-abiding citizens for “traffic violations.”

The plaintiffs in this case are not seeking financial damages, but are focused solely on defending the fundamental civil rights enjoyed by all Americans – rights that have been illegally stripped from law-abiding Hispanic residents in Maricopa County. The trial will include the results of a detailed investigation during the past four years demonstrating that the Sheriff’s Office has systematically violated the rights of Hispanic residents in Maricopa County in the name of immigration enforcement. The constitutional standards of equal protection and the freedom to go about our business without police harassment were consistently ignored when the Sheriff’s Office began indiscriminate traffic stops without probable or even likely cause.   

The evidence will show a collection of racially-charged e-mails and citizen complaints to Arpaio’s senior management staff, which subsequently took action at the sheriff’s urging. The perpetual and relentless media campaign by the Sheriff’s Office vilifying Hispanics in the press before the larger community comes to a crescendo when he personally promises to go after “illegals” not involved in any crimes. The targeted traffic stops not only ensnare this sector of the population, they utilize the additional punishment of longer than normal detentions. The sum result of this policing strategy is a campaign of general intimidation and a specific terrorization of the very people they are sworn to protect.

The witnesses are real, their stories are compelling and the spotlight will shine on Arpaio’s dangerous and dysfunctional climate masquerading as effective community policing. His agency embodies everything that could and does go wrong when local police waste law enforcement resources targeting people solely because of their skin color. Arpaio’s racial profiling practices are illegal, impermissible under our Constitution, and simply un-American. They violate core American values of fairness and equality for all.

We deserve better.

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Anonymous

Who funds you idiots? Seriously, the ACLU is a total joke. This is just one of thousands of lawsuits and "causes" that you waste taxpayer dollars and court time on. Go Sheriff Joe!!!

Anonymous

Is the press allowed in this trial? Who can we follow on Twitter for live updates?

Dave Koch

And now this Ass Nozzle is a document forensic expert, declaring President Obama's birth certificate to be unquestionably fraudulent. Of course that wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that the DOJ is doing its job and going after this egocentric moron.

Anonymous

WHEN AN AMERICAN IS STOPPED IN SOUTH AMERICA AND IS TORTURED BY THE POLICE LIKE IT HAPPENS OFTEN IN MEXICO
WHERE ARE HIS RIGHTS????? THINGS HAVE GOTTEN SO MUCH OUT OF CONTROL HERE AND ALL BECAUSE OF THIS ORGANIZATION...WE SHOULD BE LIKE AUSTRALIA....YOU DONT LIKE OUR RULES LEAVE
BUT THIS IS OUR LANGUAGE AND OUR RULES...NOW STOP CREATING PROBLEMS...STOP THE LAWSUIT....I WONDER IF MEXICO HAS DIAL 1 FOR ENGLISH...WHAT DO YOU THINK???? AGAIN. IF YOU DONT LIKE OUR RULES GO BACK TO YOUR HOME AND WE WILL SEND YOU OUR HOMELESS TOO ..I WANT TO SEE HOW YOU GONNA TREAT ME AND HOW ACLU WILL ACT.

Anonymous

Oh yeah right! What he is doing is ILLEGAL but God forbid he tries to find the real ILLEGALS. Give me a break:-! Your all a bunch of idiots and a worthless orginaziton. Can't stand any of you.

de1

Oh yeah right ! What he is doing is ILLEGAL but God forbid he tries to find the real illegals. The ACLU is all a bunch of idiots and a worthless organization.

didi

GO Joe! You are awesome. Continue the good work.

Anonymous

all you people that "like" what joe arpaio is doing are as retarded as him. How would you like to be discrimnated like the latinos do. thats just wrong. I like what george lopez had to say about him.

the illegal people are here working and contribute to this messed up economony.. when there are "americans" milking the system, are worthless homeless raping, stealing, etc.

Anonymous

I don't work for the ACLU, nor do I represent them in any way.

I was born here, in the Pennsylvania, USA.
My parents were born here.
My grandparents were born here.
My great-grandparents were from Italy and Germany.

When they arrived on Ellis Island, they passed The Statue of Liberty. That symbol speaks to people of every nation when she says:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

To all the small-minded, elitist, racist, bigoted, folk who think were should ship the Mexicans out,
F YOU, let 'em stay!

I love the ACLU!

dismantling of ...

Does he have a birth certificate legally showing he legally can run for president ? Do the ignorant masses even care ? See when this sheriff started being persecuted for racial profiling issues i bet it coincides with the time he started investigating Obama

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