Feds Demand Reform of Sheriff's Office; Arpaio's Immigration Sweeps Involve "Egregious" Racial Profiling, Feds Say

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio
​It was the most egregious case of racial profiling federal experts have ever seen.

Findings in a long-running investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office found that Sheriff Arpaio's department has an "ingrained culture" of abusing the rights of Latinos. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez announced today that the MCSO committed racial profiling, retaliates against its critics, and failed to investigate hundreds of sex crimes.

Perez wants to work with MCSO and "anyone who has a stake in this issue" to reform the agency, which he called "broken."

The Justice Department threatened to file suit against MCSO within 60 days if Arpaio doesn't take immediate steps to work with the Civil Rights Division to correct the violations.

The federal criminal investigation is ongoing, Perez said.

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snapper
snapper

if joe is racial profiling how come so many are in fact here illeagally

snapper
snapper

please all mexicans go back to mexico. end of trouble

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Bet they had to order an extra truckload of Depends before they read the report to him.

Jason
Jason

I doubt that the MCSO shurf will comply with the DOJ's request.

Remember, this is the SAME MCSO shurf who got the taxpayers sued for failing to comply with the state's Public-Records Law when the DOJ was required to file suit to gain access to the jails.

When will the DOJ complete its GJ investigation into the Old Fool? I want to be at the Old Fool's indictment/perp-walk.

Restitutiontouscitizensfirst
Restitutiontouscitizensfirst

The other day my DWB husband who is in his 70's, served this nation honorably as a Navy Seal in Viet Nam, multiple tours including POW, was asked by a local police officer if he had stolen the car he was driving.  This was just routine harassment as my husband had done nothing to warrant the officer's attention other than DWB.  This is not just Arpaio and this is not just AZ.  We support our police and we have never filed suit on the profiling because we see plenty of Mexican descent citizen youth with no jobs when those not even born here seem to be working everywhere, we understand LE have a job to do but we are truly truly sick of the harassment.  So I say BFD.  You got Sheriff Joe.  Unless you deal with the profiling everywhere and end "routine" harassment I will view this merely as a political move and nothing more.  Enforce our laws!  Non-citizens do not have Constitutional rights or any other legal rights and privileges of citizens.  Under international law, yes they do.  Well me and my Mexican family refuse to go to Mexico because we had no rights and constant crime inflicted on us.  But that is OK because it is PC to target and rip-off USA Americans the world over?  No.  Show me better.

Bill
Bill

The findings of this investigation also lay the groundwork for the ongoing criminal investigation that DOJ is still working on, so what we have now are the stacks of evidence that may be used to put Sheriff Arpaio in jail. Remember this all started almost four years ago when Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon challenged the sheriff's immigration sweeps in his March 2008 Cesar Chavez speech, then promptly fired off a letter of complaint to then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey. Gordon's letter, along with the complaints of several ordinary citizens who had been caught up in Arpaio's sweeps during that time frame, represented the first crack in Arpaio's previously impregnable fortress. 

Gwmwllc
Gwmwllc

Ask Gustavo Arellano when will the illegal Mexican occupation of the United States of America end?

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

GUys, USA Today is scooping you with a MUCH more detailed article, and some of it is from the Republic. I sure hope it's because you guys are typing away at a great expose on all of this.

http://content.usatoday.com/co...

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Pieholio,

THE FEDS ARE THREATENING YOU!

The Disciplines of Hate
The Disciplines of Hate

To James King of New Times...

I apologize.

I never thought this day would arrive.

Sheriff Jose and his henchmen are racist filth, as are his vile Neo-Nazi sycophants.Those are your constituents, Mr. Arpaio. The ones who have no ability to aspire to human greatness, and so they Sieg Heil their way through their laughable little lives, thinking a P.O.S. like you is someone to look up to. And looking for anyone else to blame for their life's failuresIn 1930s Europe, it was the JewsIn modern America, it's the Mexicans"Game Over"Haters lose - again !

FUCK YOU, Sheriff Ho - I mean Joe. Be sure to take along a fresh diaper for your long journey to Hell.

Signed,A Proud Caucasian Male Who Takes Care Of Himself  And Has No Time For Hatin

Americano
Americano

Nancy hahahaha u r a joke like Arpaio stay in CO.. Puta!!! Im a Born n raised latino that is educated with a College degree and i was victimizefd by his fucking people but guess what bitch since i know my rights they backed off!!! Nancy go fuck urself n ur daddy Arpaio los dos chupenme mis huevos!!!

Coz
Coz

I bet the DOJ likes the tape I sent them of Arpaio, Sands and Burton laughing about they're retaliation methods as much as the Civil Rights Division did...:-)

Coz
Coz

DOJ's findings on Joe Arpaio and MSCO: A Culture of Abuse, Retaliation and Constitutional Rights Violations that starts at the Top and is embedded within MCSO. About frigging time !

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

A 3 year investigation ends with a bad press release? My oh my, what big teeth you have!

Shellarino7
Shellarino7

Give me a break ..all he has in his state is illegals..leave sheriff Joe alone and let him do the job he was elected to do !!!

maybe368
maybe368

Wow, it must be bad, there were so many illegals that you couldn't even learn how to spell. You poor victim...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

they were training or had trained the jailers to help ID illegal immigrants. They can no longer do it at Maricopa County Jail. The reason is because many "illegals" were coerced into signing letters stating that they wished to be deported when they had no legal representation nor were aware that the law they broke doesn't always mean an instant deportation as a penalty.

Dmilamjr
Dmilamjr

Everyone talking about the DOJ now that is one corrupt org.

Coz
Coz

Front what was said at the civil rights press conference, there's no doubt the criminal investigation isn't going  to be pretty for Bozo Joe or his Goons either.

maybe368
maybe368

Many residents of the USA, of Mexican descent never crossed a border, the border crossed them. History knows who the invaders are and that is all that counts. This announcement helps to vindicate us as a nation of "illegals", that coalesced into a pretty good country, and we can get that back by getting rid of extremist whackjobs. Let's keep it up... 

David Saint
David Saint

lol i guess you failed american history class in high school, or you would know we took this land from the American indians and Mexico by force...so when you say illegal occupation, im wondering if you remember this fact?

Jason
Jason

When will you go play in traffic?

barbara graham
barbara graham

And the fact that legal citizens with brown skin are having their rights violated goes WHOOOSH!  Right over your head!

Again, IT IS NOT AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ISSUE!

Or are you suggesting that Americans with darker skin are somehow worthy of harassment by law enforcement?

TruConserve
TruConserve

It's odd how the out-of-state news orgs are getting up in-depth articles.  I expected the PNT to be all over this story.  Big let down.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol well in his imaginary dream world he is threatened by Mexican cartels, and imaginary plots to murder him.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

sorry to hear that. I dislike racist assholes.  They are a disgrace to my race.

Coz
Coz

You are a perfect example of "Just Can't Fix Stupid"

The only thing that sucks here is you.

teknik1200
teknik1200

subtract 18 months of stalling and sandbagging 

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I see you have a problem with reading comprehension.

Hock
Hock

If he doesn't fix things per the technical letter, he's going to get a consent decree...and that will cost the tax payers a boat-load of money.

It's more then just a bad press release.

Gonzo di Dottore
Gonzo di Dottore

investigation is not over.

"The federal criminal investigation is ongoing, Perez said."

Reading is fundamental, even if your lips hurt afterwards.

Jason
Jason

Too bad the DOJ found that the Sick Old Man racially profiles, which, BTW, is ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!

You may want to take some time and read the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  

Wondering
Wondering

If he ever did the job he was elected to do he would be left alone

snapper
snapper

pick on my spelling, try to stay focused on the fact that they are illegal, period. simple solution go back to mexico. i should start a slogan or write a song. go back to mexico you f----- ho. if you break the law you have to pay the price, if your here illegally you must be deported, very simple, dont try to complicate the facts.

Jason
Jason

Nope.

"There's no doubt the criminal investigation isn't going  to be pretty for Bozo Joe or his Goons either."

And you can bet the AZUSAO will no doubt get this info in front of that convened GJ.

Indictments are coming. I can almost taste it.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I have always found it ironic that the people that bitch about illegals the most were at one time illegals in history. (Or I should say their families were)

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

most of them don't remember that fact.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

even better. We should take him and send him to Mexico, deport him .. that would be fun to watch.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Coz and all the dirtbag AZ politicans. The Joke, Kyl, McLame, Brewer, the republican super majority, and probably 10 million more assholes I forgot.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Do I? Perez stated the investigation relating to new issues such as physical abuse to Latinos, the failure in El Mirages sex cases were to be investigated. The racial profiling case has been completed as evidence of the press conference and the issuance of demands subject to nothing more laughable than a law suit should arpaio thumb his nose at the case.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

If he weren't so damn corrupt and incompetent, a consent decree wouldn't be necessary and the over 3yr investigation by the Feds wouldn't have been necessary. Think how many tax payer dollars that would have saved.

Scott Norberg was neither illegal nor Latino and he had his RIGHT TO LIFE violated.

The victims in El Mirage had their RIGHT TO NOT BE MOLESTED (First by a pervert and then by the justice system) violated.

As per the history of this state, the only way to get Arizona to do the ethical thing is by federal force.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yup. And you may also want them to read some back issues of New Times to get an idea of the abuse at his jail of people that were arrested but hadn't been found guilty of crimes.

Maybe368
Maybe368

Nobody listens to uneducated haters that are so bummed with their own life, that they have to attack the vulnerable. I feel sorry for you.

Jason
Jason

I mean to say that the criminal investigation will NOT be pretty for the MCSO shurf and his SS goon squads.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

and you are saying that every single "Illegal" sneaked in ?

because that is a lie.Also we closed Ellis Island awhile back.. maybe we should make a new one somewhere else and allow immigrants to come legally. What's that? Oh that's right the republicans want them to come here illegally for cheap labor.

Dmilamjr
Dmilamjr

No they did not sneak over. They went through the process legally

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes. Teabagger brains are either too small, filled with air, lack brains, or have some other major defect in them, otherwise they would be normal people with brains that have empathy from victims of abuse, rape, torture, and murder.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

My statement stands, I guess this "The federal criminal investigation is ongoing, Perez said." is too hard for your puny tea bagger brain to comprehend.

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