July 17, 2008
Joe Arpaio, "America's Toughest Sheriff," Sued for Racial Profiling
We have blogged previously about Arizona's Joe Arpaio, known as America's Toughest Sheriff." As NPR has reported, Sheriff Joe has done such thingas as make inmates wear pink underwear. The undergarments are only one of Arpaio's many "innovative" jail policies, which include outdoor confinement, poor quality food, and the like. According to NPR, Arpaio's "extreme tactics — many of which specifically target illegal immigrants — have kept him in the news pretty much since he took office back in 1993."
Yesterday, an Amended Complaint was filed on behalf of five individuals (including the original named Plaintiff Mr. Ortega) and community group Somos America. This case was originally filed as a class action lawsuit in December 2007 alleging racial profiling by Maricopa County and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
All Plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief against Defendants for violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution; violation of Article II, § 8 of the Arizona Constitution; and violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The lawsuit alleges that Defendants have engaged in a widespread pattern and practice of racial profiling and other racially and ethnically discriminatory treatment in an illegal, improper and unauthorized attempt to “enforce” federal immigration laws against large numbers of Latino persons in Maricopa County without regard for actual citizenship or valid immigration status. Claiming authority under a limited agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that actually prohibits the practices challenged here, Defendants have launched a series of massive so-called “crime suppression sweeps” that show a law enforcement agency operating well beyond the bounds of the law. During these sweeps, which have shown no signs of abating since Defendants began them in September 2007, large numbers of Maricopa County Sheriff Department officers and volunteer “posse” members under Defendants’ direction and control have targeted Latino persons for investigation of immigration status, using pretextual and unfounded stops, racially motivated questioning, searches and other mistreatment, and often baseless arrests. Defendants’ pattern and practice of racial profiling goes beyond these sweeps to include widespread, day-to-day targeting and mistreatment of persons who appear to be Latino. After various groups challenged the anti-solicitation ordinance of Cave Creek, a town in Maricopa County, Sheriff Arpaio targeted for stops day laborers and others who appeared to be Latino in Cave Creek. The racial profiling lawsuit alleges that each putative class member has been or will be subjected to arbitrary, racially-discriminatory stops, questioning, detention, arrests and/or searches conducted by Defendants.
The Complaint and press release are Download Filed_First_AMD_CM_07-16-08.pdf Download Sheriff_Arpaio_Press_Release.doc The complaint also is online at www.aclu.org/immigrants/gen/35998lgl20080716.html
Lawyers on the case include Goldfaden and Mónica M. Ramírez of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project; Pochoda of the ACLU of Arizona; Campbell and Nancy Ramirez of MALDEF; and Bodney, Peter Kozinets, Karen Hartman-Tellez and Isaac Hernandez of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
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Sheriff Joe has turned into a Lunatic!! I cant believe I used to vote for this guy! He will end up in the Tent city jail that he started years ago. I have done a lot of research on this subject and he is as guilty as anyone can be of abuses of his office and people's rights. He is an embarrassment to this country and the law officers of this great nation. I am in the process of becoming a law officer and look forward to enforcing the laws of this nation but could never work for this kind of man. He is a total egotist and is the biggest reason why we need to make his office to be appointed instead of a political office. He calls out the press every time he bust's anyone, no matter how little the bust is and how insignificant the impact is on the community. He has let the real criminals get away with their crimes while he goes after every headline and hunts down every white supremacist organization for their support. I know this sounds crazy but the amazing thing is that it is true. It is amazing to me that this can happen in America but it has.
American's are just now starting to realize how much of a criminal he is. I hope to God it is not too late.
Posted by: Tony Lane | Jul 17, 2008 4:35:26 PM
i am an American citizen & have been for 30 years. born and raised in Arizona. i am not a biggot as the news times reporters say some people are, i am just a concerned american.
i do belong to the natoriouse group called, "Riders U.S.A" United For A soveriegn America. i totlally support joe arpio 110%. i will back him up with all my American mught!
i wanted to inform joe arpio about some, well ALOT of hispanicsm i am sure are illegal, which hang out at the cornerS of 59th ave. and peoria ave. ON EACH CORNER TOO!!!
at least 5 to 8 hispanics loiter this area every day. Saturdays too.
its dicusting and not called for. can we get them off of our corners here in glendale, az? PLEASE JOE? Take them back to mexico if they are illegal. if not help them find a job like mcdonalds thank you Joe
an american citizen
and damn pruod of it!
mr winfield a fricke
Posted by: WINFIELD A. FRICKE II | Aug 29, 2008 8:57:38 PM
I have never met someone so ignorant and stupid as this racial f*** down there. "...if not help them find a job like McDonalds.." ARE YOU KIDDING ME!! You are definitely racist along with Joe Arpaio because for your information all these so called "sweeps" are a waist of time and money because 90% of them come right back. Even though it is a problem this is not the way to fix it. I am an american citizen too and people like this moron embarrase me!
Posted by: anonymous | Nov 29, 2008 1:35:32 AM
Check out Maricopa Joe at: http://www.circusofthegods.com/circus_2.htm
Posted by: Theseus | Jan 14, 2009 10:43:14 PM
I AM A US CITIZEN AND I THINK THAT JOE ARPAIO IS VERY IGNORANT I THINK ITS ABSOLUTLY WRONG WHAT HE IS DOING HE IS SUCH A RACIST HE DONT HAVE NO RIGHT TO DO THAT TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THEY WANT ALL THE ILLEGAL PEOPLE TO LEAVE LOOK WHAT HAPPEND THEY STARTED TAKING OUT LOTS ILLEGAL ALIENS LOOK AT THIS COUNTRY ITS GOING DOWN NO ONE WANTS TO DO THE HARD JOBS THATS WHY THE ILLEGAL PEOPLE DO IT THEY SAY THAT AMERICANS DONT HAVE JOBS BECAUSE THE ILLEGALS HAVE TAKEN OVER THAT IS A LIE THEY DONT WORK BECAUSE THEY DONT WANT TO SO I JUST HOPE THAT THEY FIRE JOE ARPAIO!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: abigail | Mar 6, 2009 2:40:07 PM
I am a German immigrant whose family went through years of red tape to come into the US. Our discrimination was our accent. I understand the struggle, but still have a problem with the fact that we all do not follow the rules.
Posted by: Gabby | Apr 7, 2009 7:09:50 PM
I just want to thank you Joe for all your hard work and for enforcing the laws here in Maricopa County. Thank you for the immigration sweeps you do. I am behind you 100% on that. Again thank you Joe yot are very appriciated. sincerely Winfield Fricke
Posted by: Winfield Fricke II | Feb 9, 2010 12:11:15 AM