ACLU AZ's New Anti-Racial Profiling App: Don't Suspect a Cop, Report Him (Um, or Her)

It also left the door open to what's called an "as applied" challenge to 2B, meaning that the ACLU and its legal partners could, as they did in Melendres with great success, collect the data and testimony necessary to prove that 2B can only be enforced constitutionally in the alternate reality of a Supreme Court Justice's brain.

That's where the ACLU's app comes in. The device allows the user to submit a report to the ACLU, contact the ACLU-AZ's toll free hotline on biased policing, and read up on what your rights are if a law enforcement officer stops, detains or arrests you.

Naturally, the app can be used in either English or Spanish, and the ACLU is utilizing it to develop a map of biased policing incidents that folks can access online.

In a press release announcing a ground campaign to accompany the app and document SB 1070 abuses, Alessandra Soler, executive director of the ACLU of Arizona, noted that Arpaio's brand of racial profiling served as the "model" for 1070.

This pattern and practice of prejudiced policing, exposed during a bench trial before federal Judge G. Murray Snow last summer, led to the judge's recent, watershed 142-page ruling, where he found that the MCSO was racially profiling Latinos, and ordered the MCSO to stop.

"It is frankly impossible to enforce SB 1070 without using race or engaging in prolonged detentions," said Soler. "The decision in the Arpaio litigation sends a strong message to police departments across the state that they cannot hide behind SB 1070 and use it as an excuse to violate people's constitutional rights."

The release also relates how the ACLU set up its community hotline in the days following the Supreme Court's 1070 decision, allowing people to inform the ACLU of racial profiling by cops.

"Since then," it states, "the organization has fielded over 6,000 calls, including calls from individuals with `lawful status' such as deferred action recipients, crime victims and domestic violence survivors, who were detained for prolonged periods of time."

Genius idea, as is the app, which one day may help the ACLU sandblast SB 1070's section 2B into non-existence.

I've got mine, now you get yours, and let's go report on some racist cops.


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scottsdalebubbe
scottsdalebubbe

True:  What is weird with the Border Patrol is that every time I return to the U.S. or make a stop at a Border Patrol checkpoint, they barely glance at me and waive me on without asking any questions.  I am in my '70's, Caucasian, gray-haired woman in very dark sunglasses (and clothing, of course!).  For all they know, I could be bringing drugs over the border in my luggage or an undocumented person might be laying on the floor of the back seat, covered with the pillows, sunshades, jackets and blanket (in winter) that I usually travel with.

Could it be a reverse stereotype that little old Caucasian ladies are innocent and not worth spending time with? 

Satire alert:   

I'll bet if I had a bunch of marijuana plants in decorative pots on the deck of my mini-SUV, they would think I was just taking plants from my back yard to my daughter in Tucson.  

Drug runners and coyotes are making a big mistake and casting their "employees" that look as if they were in a Hollywood movie.  It's time for a casting call for gray haired grannies as border runners.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

The legislation is bullshit but villianizing law enforcement in order to get the legislation changed is disgusting.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

I can immediately think of a dozen legitimate reasons where asking for a passenger in a vehicle for their identification, none of which has anything to do with racial profiling.  This legislation is bullshit, but attacking law enforcement and calling them racist in order to overturn the law is worse than bullshit.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

Once Judge Snow's ruling in Melendres vs. Arpaio is upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court should enjoin Section 2B of BS1070.

FuckArpaio
FuckArpaio

Fuck Joe Arpaio, and Fuck JoeArpaioFan

elvagotrago
elvagotrago

ACLU - All Cholos Loved Unconditionally.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

LOL! Very Nice!!!

Exactly the way to get this fight into the hands of the public.

Cozz
Cozz

@yourproductsucks  

Why's that ?

MCSO terrorizes innocent people all the time, turn about seems like fair play to me.

FuckThePolice
FuckThePolice

@yourproductsucks  

Did someone once say "If the shoe fits"

I think it's a great idea, lets see how the police like being profiled for a change.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@elvagotragoCholo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtʃolo]) is an ethnic slur created by Hispanic criollos in the 16th century. In sociological literature, it is one of castas,[1] and refers to individuals of mixed or pure American Indian ancestry, or other racially mixed origin. The precise usage of "cholo" has varied widely in different times and places. In modern American usage, it most often applies to a low-income Mexican-American sub-culture and manner of dress.

We are ALL Cholos!  Thank you ACLU! 

None of us are free if all of us are not free!  

All you bigots and haters are engaging in some MAJOR un-American acts. 

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Cozz I guess you are one who has the right to believe that, since you lived it.

I don't know that it's ok to villianize an entire community because of a bad apple or two.  But you certainly had dealings with the worst of those, I will admit that.

Cozz
Cozz

@yourproductsucks

I have to agree with you YPS, I shouldn't and can't judge them all because of a few, well, actually quite a few.

I have met a few MCSO deputies that were honorable, compassionate and also think Arpaio is a discredit to L/E everywhere 

One for sure comes to mind is the Sgt that refused to let the phony drug test they tired to set me up with stand. He didn't buy into it and made a call that got me retested and proved I had no drugs in my system.

He will always have my respect and admiration for sure.

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