Joe Arpaio Admits Racial Profiling, Takes Bigoted Suggestions From Supporters, as MCSO Deputies Pass Racist E-Mails and Racially Profile

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What passes for humor at the MCSO...

With their own words and deeds, they are damned.

I'm talking about what's in the latest filings in the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office over claims that his anti-immigrant sweeps racially and ethnically profile Latinos in Maricopa County. 

Both sides in Melendres vs. Arpaio have asked for summary judgment from federal District Court Judge G. Murray Snow. Arpaio's lawyers want Snow to rule that the plaintiffs lack standing and that the case should be dismissed because, Arpaio's attorneys insist, the racial profiling allegations cannot be proven.

The plaintiffs, however, want Murray to rule in their favor, essentially agreeing with them that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office engages in "a policy, pattern and practice of targeting Hispanic drivers and passengers...during traffic stops," which in turn violates their 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law.

Ultimately, the plaintiffs are seeking an injunction from the court preventing the MCSO from doing this and putting in place a mechanism to ensure such widespread racial profiling does not again occur. They are not seeking damages.

(You can read the filing, here.)

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Part of a racist e-mail from MCSO bigot-boy Sgt. Brett Palmer: "Indian Yoga, requires years of practice to achieve" (see below)

The plaintiffs are also asking for about $118,000 in legal fees and costs that resulted from depositions having to be reopened when it was revealed that MCSO deputies had been systematically destroying evidence that the plaintiffs sought.

To these ends, the plaintiffs' lawyers have produced a mountain of evidence supporting their claims, including hundreds of pages of exhibits, such as: a study showing that Hispanics were in some cases 53.7 percent more likely to be stopped during a sweep; e-mails with bigoted jokes and photos exchanged among MCSO deputies; racist letters to Arpaio that he agreed with and in some cases apparently used as pretexts for sweeps; and Arpaio's own statements referring to all Mexican migrants as "dirty," and so forth.

Considering the volume of the exhibits offered, it's impossible to summarize them all in a blog post, so I'll offer some examples below. But before I do, I should recount what are essentially admissions of racial profiling made by both Arpaio's lawyers in their motion before Murray, as well as by Arpaio during his second deposition in 2010.

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From the same crude Palmer e-mail: "Mexican Yoga, requires 3-4 hours to achieve"

Regarding the namesake plaintiff of the suit, Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres -- who was in the country legally on a tourist visa when he was pinched by the MCSO on September 26, 2007 -- Arpaio's lawyer Tim Casey writes the following:

When a [Human Smuggling Unit] observed the white truck stop at the church and pick up Mr. Melendres and three other men it radioed MCSO Deputy Louis DiPietro in his patrol car and assigned him to follow the truck (in which Mr. Melendres was a passenger) and to look for probable cause to make a traffic stop of the truck. Deputy DiPietro followed the truck and observed no equipment violations on the truck and, therefore, "paced" the truck for roughly 1.5 miles and determined it was speeding (34 mph in a 25 mph zone) and that he had probable cause to lawfully stop the truck for a violation of the traffic code...Once the truck was stopped, Deputy DiPietro contacted the truck's driver, and based on information provided by the driver, formed reasonable suspicion that the truck's occupants may have been in the country unlawfully. Deputy DiPietro, therefore, called on his radio for a 287(g) MCSO deputy to assist at the stop to investigate the truck's occupants.

This was at a church parking lot in Cave Creek that was allowing day laborers to congregate and solicit work, which even Arpaio in his 2010 deposition agrees was not a crime. So four Latino men get into a truck driven by a white guy, and the MCSO's Human Smuggling Unit orders a deputy to follow it and find probable cause to stop it.

The Anglo driver was not cited and was cut loose. Melendres had his tourist visa on him, but the MCSO arrested him anyway. He was eventually turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which released him.

What clearer evidence of racial profiling could there be? Well, there are Arpaio's own words to the effect that he considers all Latinos to be possible illegal immigrants.

During the 2010 deposition, where Arpaio was questioned at length about racist correspondence he received from various Joe-lovers (who he then wrote thank you notes to, forwarding on the letters to MCSO personnel), there was the following exchange between plaintiffs' counsel and the sheriff.

Question: Do you think it's racial profiling if your deputies look for Latinos with respect to immigration violations, given the fact that the majority of illegal immigrants in Arizona are Latinos?

Arpaio: No.

With that "no," Arpaio basically confesses that he has no problem with his deputies profiling suspects based on race and ethnicity.

In one angry letter written in 2008 by a serious Mexican-hater, the writer encourages Arpaio to sweep Mesa, as well as other cities:

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Does Arpaio rebuke this moon-howler or square-file his letter? Heck, no. He scribbles a note to his secretary, cc-ing Deputy Chief Brian Sands, the guy responsible for choosing the location of the sweeps, stating,

"Thank him for support, illegal immigration, chain gangs. I will be going over into Mesa."

About a month later, Arpaio did indeed do a sweep of Mesa.

Also in 2008, another xenophobic nut writes:

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At one point in the letter, this individual opines, "If you have dark skin, you have dark skin! Unfortunately, that is the look of the Mexican illegal [sic] who are here ILLEGALLY!"

(Which is pretty stupid, BTW, because I've known undocumented folks who could pass for Anglo. One, a day-laborer, had red hair and freckles.)

Arpaio scrawls this message to Sands, "Have someone handle this."

Another letter from 2008 retained by Joe beseeches the sheriff to "liberate" Mesa of its "swarms" of illegal aliens. Regarding day laborers, she states that, "Because of their demeanor, it is obvious to pick out the illegals from the American citizens."

Most of the last names on these batty letters have been redacted.

There's even an insane e-mail from well-known online troll "The Class West," which Arpaio seems to take seriously. Class West berates Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Mary Murguria, once a district court judge assigned to Melendres, as a "`token' Hispanic female judge."

(Note: Murguria recused herself from the case in July of 2009. She was nominated to the Ninth Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 22, 2010.)

Arpaio underlines one of the cruder parts, where Class West states, "Quite uncool of Murguria to sit, or shit, on this case."

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Notorious Internet troll "Class West" gets the thumbs up from Joe...

In his infinite wisdom, Arpaio forwards this tripe to Sands, MCSO flack Lisa Allen, and others at MCSO.

I could go on, ad nauseam, but I think you get the drift.

Then there are the bigoted e-mails circulated by sheriff's deputies, such as Sergeant Brett Palmer, the MCSO brown-shirt infamous for berating elected officials in a press conference from 2009, calling them "ignorant people" for criticizing Arpaio's sweeps

In 2008, Palmer forwarded a bigoted joke to his MCSO pals with a photo depicting "Indian Yoga," and "Mexican Yoga," showing a drunken Latino man as an example of the latter.

He wasn't the only one forwarding such jokes. In another of many examples, MCSO employees e-mailed a "Mexifornia" driver's license to each other, depicting an offensive ethnic stereotype aimed at Mexican-Americans.

Also, there are several photos showing examples of "Mexican engineering," such as the ones reproduced below.

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MCSO employees' examples of "Mexican engineering at it's [sic] best"...

On a more serious note, the plaintiffs commissioned a comprehensive study of MCSO stops during the sweeps by Dr. Ralph B. Taylor, a professor of criminal justice at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Using the MCSO's own raw data, and comparing stops made during sweeps to stops made at other times, he found that individuals with Hispanic surnames were far more likely to be stopped by MCSO deputies during the sweeps. 

Hispanics were up to 30 percent more likely to be stopped during a sweep as compared to any other day, up to 39.5 percent more likely to be stopped compared with dates one year earlier, and up to 53.7 percent more likely to be pulled by MCSO saturation patrol officers when compared to stops by MCSO deputies done the same day but not during a sweep.

Anyway you cut it, Arpaio's sweeps were Hispanic-hunting dragnets, just I and many others have said all along. The sweeps were motivated by ethnic and racial animus, and constituted a vast program of racial profiling and intimidation.

Both sides in the lawsuit, which has been ongoing since 2007, have requested oral arguments, and considering the complexity of the case, the judge will likely set a date for same.

Though this suit may drag one for weeks or months more, the plaintiffs' case seems more than proven. Thing is, the evil flower does not grow in good soil. And though racial profiling, bigotry and xenophobia are the order of the day at the MCSO, the same goes for Arizona in general. 

Can you see any of Arpaio's supporters disowning him due to this evidence? I can't. After all, they're the ones that sent him all of those letters preaching hate and ignorance. Arpaio, he knows his base.

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david saint
david saint

lol i havent even fnished reading the whole article yet, but a few things have made me laugh so far..the author of the first letter spells like he didnt pass 5th grade, and the second author is high on something if she thinks "the square" just recently went to hell...that area has been a shit hole for 20 plus years! 

Lily Pad2713
Lily Pad2713

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Chem Trail karen
Chem Trail karen

WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT IS SO RACIST ABOUT THESE PICTURES?

kkhkk1
kkhkk1

Did you ever expect a corporation to have a conscience, when it has no soul to damned, and no body to be kicked? From: http://xrl.us/bh8tjk

Jddez
Jddez

The photo in the Mexifornia license plate is a picture of Mexican actor Alfonso Bedoya saying his classic line "I don't have to show you any stinking badges" from the movie Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Maybe the author of the email was sending another message to his fellow officers.

SadArizonan
SadArizonan

Joe Arpaio is a criminal. He has routinely violated the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution. If you live in Arizona and you keep voting him into office, you get what you deserve. People who are willing to sacrifice any amount of liberty for a little more security deserve neither. Think twice next time before you fill out your ballots. This man should be in federal prison.

Crow
Crow

Lemons is right. This won't faze his hard core supporters. Thats how sick we have become.

Arpaio for Attorney General
Arpaio for Attorney General

Profiling, whether it is racial, gender, economic or behavioral, is simply good police work. The reason the open borderistas hate Joe is because his methods work and he won't kiss mojado azztlan.

Viva la deportacion! No pasaran los mojados!

El Pueblo sin papeles jamas sera aceptado!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Hey, hey, over hear, Hey, HEY! Look over here. Don't pay attention to Obama. I am here and trying to talk to you. I am over here. You don't need to look at the news about bin Laden. I am the only Sheriff, the top law enforcement officer of Maricopa County. I want to talk to you about Tea Parties and Illegal Immigration. Are you interested in shootouts with terrorists? Did you know I had a shootout with the French Connection with only my trusty .38? I enforce all the laws all the time. Pay attention now. I am trying talk to you about what part of illegal you don't understand. Hey hey hey, would you mind putting your phone away and not watching the news? I am trying to talk to you. Pay attention. I am the toughest sheriff and I do 2 speeches every day. You may not have this opportunity again.

Fire27la
Fire27la

Arpaio will go down in history as the Toughedt sheriff that went to jail for being a rascist pig.. Trust me it will happen sooner than we think and i know this from a source who has all the inside scoop.. Bye Bye Arpaio welcome to your Tent!! do u play the part of the Man or the Bitch?

Bobby
Bobby

These things are no different from the anti-white posters so prevalent at the marches for amnesty organized by leftist agitators across America, every few weeks or so. "Kill gringo", go back to Europe, lazy gringos, etc etc. etc.. What about the Mexican professors at American taxpayer paid universities like Gutierrez, and others? If worse comes to worse we will have to kill the gringo, etc.etc.etc. It you are a rational and fair person, these sentiments seem a little stronger than the things shown above, wouldn't you say?

Gonzalez4d
Gonzalez4d

You know the saying "if it's got to be explained to you".............

Bobby
Bobby

Right. That great movie is boycotted, on the black list if you will, by racist Mexican organizations. You see, they didn't like that characterization of Mexican--even though the bandits where just like that. Yep, for all those anti-whtie racist Mexican groups that constantly talk about white trash, trailer trash, etc. Well, that's Mexico's trailer trash. Understand why the picture is called racist now, Chem trail lady?

Bobby
Bobby

But those that have entered this nation illegally, and have to violate dozens of laws by just being here, are model people. I see.

Anon
Anon

Well said.

Raoul
Raoul

Hell, most of his hardcore supporters would actively support an all-out door-to-door search for any non-whites. Of course this won't faze them -- they WANT a roundup.

Andrew Zahn
Andrew Zahn

Stop throwing around the word "azztlan" like you know what it means and using Spanish sentences that you typed on Google Translate. Bigot asshole.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

If you think what has been going on within the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is "simply good police work," then I have a bridge at Lake Havasu that you will probably want to buy.

Anon
Anon

didn't arpaio haul out the underfed horses for attention?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Damn, I am writing like Henderbulk. That should have been "over here" not "over hear"

RY
RY

Arpaio, along with Black, Fox and Hendershott will all be playing games in their Broke Back Tent City.

Foozwak1976
Foozwak1976

Typical, you dish it out no problem but you cry foul when it gets thrown back in your face.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

["The fact is that no one is stopped just based on their skin color and regardless of your skin color all you have to do is provide a valid I.D. and then you are on your way."]

Chicago Lady, as evidenced by the civil rights trial happening NOW, MCSO deputies (who don't want to be named) stopped the father and son because they appeared to possibly be 'illegals' who were in the area of a raid. Had my son and I, who both appear white, driven there at the same time, it's unlikely we would have been stopped for anything. The court has already ruled that probable cause did not exist. They were stopped for "Driving while brown in Maricopa County".

How can you dispute that?

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

They are extremely different, Bobby. Private citizens can say or do whatever they want. Joe Arpaio is an elected law enforcement official charged with the fair administration of justice within the bounds of the Constitution. He is a corrupt failure.

Carmen3
Carmen3

Right on target, Bobby!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gerry, you could have half your brain removed and still write better than Blubberbuns...

Anon
Anon

Chad, Great public service in properly informing the public.

Bobby
Bobby

Your a tool Chad. As for you guys constantly on the backs of the police for or acting like A-Holes, welcome to the real world. I"m a "white guy" and I've been pulled over and disrespected by the police at least half a dozen times in my life. That's the way many cops are and I still wouldn't want their job. You never think of all the crap they have to put up with or being a target by simply wearing that uniform. What's the matter, not enough of them killed by the criminal element to suit you clowns yet?

penelope
penelope

Nice to see you trolling the internet again, and pulling that "nativist, racist, white supremist" crap with everyone.  I only have one thing to say, and I hope you'll read it, and that it will soak through the racism clouding your brain:  Last time I checked, anti-immigrant wasn't the same thing as anti-illegal immigrant.  Also, being against illegal immigration into Arizona isn't the same thing as being a racist who hates Mexicans.  Just FYI.   Although, after reading this article, which may or may not be completely biased, I have to agree that Arpaio does, indeed, appear to be a racist.

penelope
penelope

I think Mistalee is a closet pervert, it always likes to mention other people's unmentionables...  :) 

Former Republican
Former Republican

Bobby, You are a very sick person who needs help but think you'll have trouble finding it in Arizona -- a truly disturbing state.

Former Republican
Former Republican

You are a very sick person who needs help but think you trouble finding it in Arizona a truly disturbing state.

Walt
Walt

Bobby I am a white middle aged male and have been stopped for traffic violations about half a dozen times myself. I have NEVER been disrespected by the police during any of those times.

I have at times looked very different from the standard Normal white bread white guy.I have looked like every thing from a biker with long hair, raggedy clothes and full beard to Mr. 3 piece suit with a crew cut and clean shaven. I will repeat this for you , I have never been disrespected by the police.

If you have been disrespected by the police it is all due to your own attitude you give them.From other posts from you I have read all sorts of raciest and cultural superiority statements. I can only assume that the cops that you have had run in's with were subjected to your rather "stellar citizenship and views" and simply mirrored the attitude you were giving them.

The truth is Profiling is done all the time by everyone. Every time anyone of us see's or meets someone we do not personally know we do a quick personal profile of that person, and it is the basis of how we respond to that person. Don't believe me, walk into a Circle K with a ski mask on in the middle of June and try to buy a pack of gum, it does not matter what skin color you are, the clerk and other patrons have already created a profile of you as a criminal and will treat you like shit.

Problem is when the LE community does it, it is not generally done on a personal level, they do it with an eye to what neighbor hood they are in or what activity they are looking for.When a LEO goes out of their way to target a vehicle with subjective means (IE pacing) in order to satisfy Probable cause to affect a stop (when no other illegal behavior or actions have been observed) the you know the occupants of that vehicle were profiled.

When a statically larger portion of occupants of vehicles stopped during a enhanced patrol period/ "sweep" is of one race/ cultural make up then the ONLY logical conclusion is that the criteria that a profile was based around was that Race/Cultural Make up.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Wups, typo (my turn Gerry). Should be, "are not doing it because we dislike cops...."

I sure wish there was a 'edit' function available...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Bobby, I'm also a white guy, and retired professional law enforcement officer. Thus, the distinction, you see. I've been in the trenches. I've handled the rapes, robberies, homicides, and have been involved in three incidents where I had to shoot people. Those of us who post here in opposition to MCSO operations are doing it because we dislike cops, it's because we are hoping that some of our comments might make them think there really is a better, more professional way of doing things, accomplishing the task at hand, and actually making arrests without violating the Constitution of the United States.

The discomfort and disgust we write about is not about the entire agency and all of the employees of MCSO, rather it's directed toward those who are abusing their positions behind the badge of authority for personal or professional gain.

Bobby, you've been posting here long enough to know all of this. As a person of average or above intelligence I would hope that you stand back, take a hard long look at the reality of what's been happening with MCSO over just the last ten years, and what MCSO could do with the resources they have been afforded.

The bottom line, Bobby, is that MCSO, at the direction of the sheriff, an elected official, has become the laughing stock of professional law enforcement in the state of Arizona, and in some cases, nationally.

The professional employees at MCSO deserve better. We, the taxpayers, deserve better. Ironically, Bobby, almost none of this has to do with illegal immigration or a dislike for peace officers.

It's simply about being a professional.

Bobby
Bobby

Mistalee, I dont have any congenital issues. My penis and balls are just fine.

Sincerely,

Bobby

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Bobby, you were never pulled over just for being white. And then you were never zip tied and held against your will for 3 hours even after providing your I.D., so don't compare your sob story with the Mora's. The judge heard all the evidence - you didn't.

And if YOU'RE going to insult me, at least do it in proper English - it's "YOU'RE" a tool (as in you are), not "YOUR". Nativist English lesson for the day.

Jason
Jason

"I'm a 'white guy' and I've been pulled over and disrespected by the police at least half a dozen times in my life."

I, too, am a white guy and I've been pulled over by the cops about the same amount of times you have. Each and every time I've been cited, I've either been let off with a warning or I've successfully fended off the citation. As long as you are respectful and courteous to the cops, they'll treat you the same. Then again, I'm not familiar with your situations.

Joe simply goes after the illegals because it's rumored that one of his daughters was killed by an illegal. Could he do more to make the MCSO more efficient? Yes. Could he make Maricopa County safer by rounding up the felons and serving the 50,000 open warrants in this county? Yes.

chicagonut
chicagonut

Targeting brown-skinned people? Why the reference to skin color, race card puller? The fact is that no one is stopped just based on their skin color and regardless of your skin color all you have to do is provide a valid I.D. and then you are on your way. Not our fault that most Mexicans have brown skin and that millions of them are here illegally.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Um, right, because not liking police racism and the targeting of brown-skinned people must mean that we want police killed by "the criminal element."

You are clearly incapable of navigating from a premise to a conclusion. Are congenital issues clouding your logic, Bobby, or is it just too much meth?

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