Joe Arpaio and MCSO Officially Sued by the Justice Department for Racial Discrimination

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After a few rounds of threats, the Justice Department announced finally its lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio this morning.

The lawsuit addresses that "culture of bias" the Justice Department's been alleging since it released its findings in December, claiming that Arpaio's office conducts the worst racial-profiling practices it's seen.

The introduction of the lawsuit sums it up nicely:

"The [MCSO] and Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio have engaged and continue to engage in a pattern or practice of unlawful discriminatory police conduct directed at Latinos in Maricopa County and jail practices that unlawfully discriminate against Latino prisoners with limited English language skills," the lawsuit says.

"For example," the lawsuit continues, "Latinos in Maricopa County are frequently stopped, detained, and arrested on the basis of race, color, or national origin, and Latino prisoners with limited English language skills are denied important constitutional protections. In addition, Defendants MCSO and Arpaio pursue a pattern or practice of illegal retaliation against their perceived critics by subjecting them to baseless criminal actions, unfounded civil lawsuits, or meritless administrative actions."

For those who have perused the New Times file on Arpaio, this doesn't come as a surprise.

"Today, the Department of Justice did something it has done only once before in the 18-year history of our civil police reform work; we filed a contested lawsuit to stop discriminatory and unconstitutional law enforcement practices," Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said at a press conference this morning. "In our police reform work, we have invariably been able to work collaboratively with law enforcement agencies to build better departments and safer communities. Maricopa County, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Arpaio have been a glaring exception. Attempts to forge solutions to address the serious civil rights and public safety concerns have proven elusive."

Perez said his office had "no choice" but to file the lawsuit, given MCSO and Arpaio's failure to negotiate with the Justice Department, specifically Arpaio's fear of having a federal monitor placed in his office.


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Bobby
Bobby

Ahhh so. If Sheriff Joe is being "OFFICALLY" SUED BY THE GOVERNMENT, well then he's obviously guilty as charged. Afterall, the "government" isn't biased. lol!

Trentino
Trentino

Why don't they impose term limits on elected sheriff's office in Maricopa County? We've seen this happen before with elected officials. When will we learn? Now maybe they will change Sheriff's Office to an appointment post so the next one can be fired. Ridiculous! Why don't they have a panel or committee to remove cretins like him. I just don't understand how this is allowed to happen in this day and age.

Bobby
Bobby

"and Latino prisoners with limited English language skills"

TRANSLATION: FOREIGN NATIONALS,(MEXICAN CITIZENS) ILLEGALLY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA(Arizona in this case)

Coz
Coz

From Dennis Gilman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Folks,

This is info you all can
use. 

This Q & A with
Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez and local media is as historical as the
lawsuit against Arpaio. 

Perez takes on all of Arpaio’s allegations
 and offers facts and figures that Arpaio, Bill Montgomery and Arpaio’s
Attorneys 

also have but prefer hiding from the media and the
public.
Compare this to
what Arpaio is telling the media and there is no question Arpaio’s ego and
spite will force the Federal Government to 

withhold all federal money to Maricopa County. Why is Arpaio so afraid of an independent monitor? I could list
several.
Perez explains how
County government agrees to certain terms when they are given federal money. Maricopa County needs that money more than they need Arpaio.
Perez also explains
the very real possibility of the DOJ joining in the current Melendres vs.
Arpaio lawsuit which is scheduled for trial July 18 and 19. 

Arpaio has already been caught destroying evidence
in that lawsuit and indications are that this could be interesting as this case
also started way before Obama 

and it is Arpaio that dragged it out this long and
its not a case brought by the DOJ.

Dennis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

spamola5
spamola5

When are they going to do something about are civil rights in AZ,They need to get rid of Sheriff Joe also Governor Brewer, Joe just not just treat Latinos, bad he,s causing whites to against Latinos,We all need to be treated   civil rights which the police in az do not believe in,And Governor Brewer does not act in the best for the people of AZ, she has already taken money, from the funds of people who have lost there home s due to banks. she was not at any of the protest, but when the check came in she takes 50. million dollars, like its hers,And the Attorney General Tom Horne who i thought was a man of honesty let her do it.Gilbert police dept spent 244,000  to track cell phones in case someone gets lost, why did they not use it for schools.Just found out there is no money for block grants mesa 85204. because mesa is using, that money to put brand new home up, we th people of AZ need to stand up to the Government, all together i one side it does not matter the color of your skin, they spend more money than you will ever no keeping people locked up and they treat you like a dog, it does not matter what color your skin ' Joe loves it we should treat him the way his family has treated us him and all the rest in a cell 34 people, no place to lay your head, pink under wear and bras for the women,that are sport bras no support' also i did not think it fair to have a man watch you go bathroom, WE need to take back AZ  all stand together, i want to have my rights too does not matter the color of your skin'

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

And another  embarassment and black eye for the great people of Arizona ........NOW this needs to go the limit .........Arpaio in Federal Prison ..........Most if not all the COMMAND STAFF OF MCSO  needs to be dismantled    THEY ARE ALL CORRUPT...........

Conservative Lifer
Conservative Lifer

The punitive lawsuit of this failed administration will be dropped under Romney.

It's just another ploy to distract from obama's failed policies, the poor economy, and lack of jobs.

charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

Even during the Janet Reno/ Louie Freeh era of killin mother & child up
on the Ruby -  burnin all those babies to save them  at the Waco, we have
not seen a DOJ in more disarray! We have a 20 year record of complete buffoonery
(ATF, FBI included) and at this point, I think most Americans consider the DOJ irrelevant. They missed 9-11 like a 30 yard field goal during the Superbowl of terrorism, they got busted trafficking assault weapons into Mexico, they got caught lying to Congress about it...Their informants have been the scourge of humanity, killing, drug dealing (remember Sammy in Scottsdale?)  and mass murder terrorism (David Headly) ...Oh,  but they caught Whitey Bulger you say?  Congrats! That was a phone tip from an Icelandic tourist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Joe Arp will be the MCSO Sheriff long after Holder is perp walked !

Batjac
Batjac

Always amazed that some people are not concerned about the federal government's abuse of power.  If they come after Joe because he disagrees with them what will you do when Big Brother comes after you.  This is all about taking revenge on Joe for investigating Obama and Holder and also about pandoring to his base. 

Factual52
Factual52

Arpaio got exactly what he wanted; more face
time in front of the camera. This story is making National headlines and he
loves every second of it. He could give a shit less about any lawsuit because
it comes out of OUR pocket NOT his. He had this shit planned all along now he
gets to do his favorite imitation of a tough sheriff who is under political siege
for doing his job but refuses to back down from the bully's. Arpaio is NOT a
Sheriff, he's a circus clown with a badge and his show is becoming very worn
out and repetitive. Throw his stupid ass in jail and forget he ever existed.

Coz
Coz

From Dennis Gilman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

 

Hi
Folks,

 

This
is the entire press conference of the Department of Justice's historic
announcement of the lawsuit against Maricopa County, The Sheriff's Office and
Joe Arpaio himself. I wanted this as unedited as possible because so many
people have suffered and worked hard for this day that they all deserve to see
this without filter or bias. It was recorded May 10,2012 at the Department of
Justice's office in Phoenix Arizona. Any minor editing is for length. 

Friends
will tell me it's too long but I believe everyone should have the opportunity
to witness the whole thing.  It's 13 minutes long. 

 

This
complaint was filed after a thorough and independent investigation into MCSO's
policies and practices.  DOJ attorneys, investigators and experts
conducted interviews with over 400 people, including 75 current and former MCSO
supervisors and deputies. They also interviewed 150 former and current MCSO
inmates.  

 

While
the DOJ seeks no financial restitution, it could and probably will yank all
federal monies that go to MCSO unless Arpaio cooperates. While most in the
media are claiming this could drag on for years, the DOJ does mention the
possibility of joining in the current Melendres vs. Arpaio lawsuit which is
scheduled for trial in July.

 

I
will be posting some of the more interesting Q and A with media shortly.
 Stay tuned for info on how the DOJ may very well become a part of the
current Melendraz vs Arpaio lawsuit that so many of you have worked tirelessly
on.

 

We
all know this doesn't fix the current human rights crisis we live under, but it
does look like a bit of common sense and karma are working for us.  

 

Thanks,

Dennis
 

Brockton
Brockton

How about the justice department reveal how they abuse prisoners abroad in secret jails  and at Guntanamo Bay is waterboarding not torture?

Guest
Guest

Matthew H.

"...announced finally its lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office..." ?

Or should that be 'finally announced its lawsuit'...  ?

Just curious.

Dumpster Diver
Dumpster Diver

What happened to Jose's  buddies?He is all alone now.
At the end of his newser today,He looked like he was going to cry.

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

Say it ain't so Joe, I don't remember nothing. and I don't want a Federal Chaperone in my office, unless he keeps my coffee cup full.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

The DoJ has zero credibility. Look at how they muffed up the Sb1070 issue.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 OSB is going to cost us some more money.  The complaint seems to be pretty well articulated and well supported.

netaloid
netaloid

It's way past time for suing. Arpaio is a serial criminal and should be behind bars sporting one of his own fashionable pink jumpsuits.

Bobrewer1000
Bobrewer1000

It's 2-faced politics at it's finest, as Obama parades hispanic Assistant US Attorney General Thomas Perez in front of the cameras to make the announcement... Illegal is illegal is illegal is illegal... GO SHERIFF ARPAIO!!!

desertflower1
desertflower1

Let's just get all this out in the open here. This "man" needs to never be allowed around other human beings. Ever. 
http://thinkprogress.org/justi...

These are only some of the things that he has done or condoned under his watch:

Forcing Women To Sleep In Their Own Menstrual Blood: In Arpaio’s jails, “female Latino LEP prisoners have been denied basic sanitary items. In some instances, female Latino LEP prisoners have been forced to remain with sheets or pants soiled from menstruation because of MCSO’s failure to ensure that detention officers provide language assistance in such circumstances.”Assaulting Pregnant Women: “[A]n MCSO officer stopped a Latina woman – a citizen of the United States and five months pregnant at the time – as she pulled into her driveway. After she exited her car, the officer then insisted that she sit on the hood of the car. When she refused, the officer grabbed her arms, pulled them behind her back, and slammed her, stomach first, into the vehicle three times. He then dragged her to the patrol car and shoved her into the backseat. He left her in the patrol car for approximately 30 minutes without air conditioning. The MCSO officer ultimately issued a citation for failure to provide identification.”Stalking Latino Women: “In another instance, during a crime suppression operation, two MCSO officers followed a Latina woman, a citizen of the United States, for a quarter of a mile to her home. The officers did not turn on their emergency lights, but insisted that the woman remain in her car when she attempted to exit the car and enter her home. The officers’ stated reasons for approaching the woman was a non-functioning license plate light. When the woman attempted to enter her home, the officers used force to take her to the ground, kneed her in the back, and handcuffed her. The woman was then taken to an MCSO substation, cited for ‘disorderly conduct,’ and returned home. The disorderly conduct citation was subsequently dismissed.”Criminalizing Being A Latino: “During raids, [Arpaio's Criminal Enforcement Squad] typically seizes all Latinos present, whether they are listed on the warrant or not. For example, in one raid CES had a search warrant for 67 people, yet 109 people were detained. Fifty-nine people were arrested and 50 held for several hours before they were released. Those detained, but not on the warrant, were seized because they were Latino and present at the time of the raid. No legal justification existed for their detention.”Criminalizing Living Next To The Wrong People: “[D]uring a raid of a house suspected of containing human smugglers and their victims . . . officers went to an adjacent house, which was occupied by a Latino family. The officers entered the adjacent house and searched it, without a warrant and without the residents’ knowing consent. Although they found no evidence of criminal activity, after the search was over, the officers zip-tied the residents, a Latino man, a legal permanent resident of the United States, and his 12-year-old Latino son, a citizen of the United States, and required them to sit on the sidewalk for more than one hour, along with approximately 10 persons who had been seized from the target house, before being released”Ignoring Rape: Because of Arpaio’s obsessive focus on “low-level immigration offenses” his officers failed “to adequately respond to reports of sexual violence, including allegations of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse of girls.”Widespread Use Of Racial Slurs: “MCSO personnel responsible for prisoners held in MCSO jails routinely direct racial slurs toward Latino prisoners, including calling Latino prisoners ‘paisas,’ ‘wetbacks,’ ‘Mexican bitches,’ ‘fucking Mexicans,’ and ‘stupid Mexicans.’”Widespread Racial Profiling: “[I]n the southwest portion of the County, the study found that Latino drivers are almost four times more likely to be stopped by MCSO officers than non-Latino drivers engaged in similar conduct. . . . In the northwest portion of the County, the study found that Latino drivers are over seven times more likely to be stopped by MCSO officers than non-Latino drivers engaged in similar conduct. . . . Most strikingly, in the northeast portion of the County, the study found that Latino drivers are nearly nine times more likely to be stopped by MCSO officers than non-Latino drivers engaged in similar conduct.”Random, Unlawful Detention Of Latinos: “MCSO officers stopped a car carrying four Latino men, although the car was not violating any traffic laws. The MCSO officers ordered the men out of the car, zip-tied them, and made them sit on the curb for an hour before releasing all of them. The only reason given for the stop was that the men’s car ‘was a little low,’ which is not a criminal or traffic violation.”Group Punishments For Latinos: “In some instances, when a Latino [Low English Proficiency] prisoner has been unable to understand commands given in English, MCSO detention officers have put an entire area of the jail in lockdown—effectively preventing all the prisoners in that area from accessing a number of privileges because of the Latino LEP prisoner’s inability to understand English, inciting hostility toward the LEP prisoner, and potentially placing MCSO officers and other prisoners in harm’s way.”

desertflower1
desertflower1

Has it ever occurred to you that undocumented immigrants come from any other country than Mexico, or is it just the brown ones that piss you off?

Tom
Tom

Are you talking about the same romney that chases long haired gays down and cuts their hair off. He is as bad as arpaio. He doesn't seem to recall that incident.

Coz
Coz

Put down the crack pipe

Tom
Tom

Keep dreaming sport.

Tom
Tom

Come on now, are you that fucking clueless. Why don't you go jump off a cliff and take that fucking idiot you call your sheriff.

Coz
Coz

Bullshit

TruConserv
TruConserv

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that people aren't, in fact, trying to get you.

Just because Joe made enemies doesn't mean he gets a free pass to do evil and undermine the US Constitution.

By your logic, if a person is a jerk, then s/he is immune from prosecution for life.

Coz
Coz

Bullshit

Joes Buddy
Joes Buddy

 I am one of his buddies and we are all still alive and well and free in the USA!

Coz
Coz

Neither does Bozo Joe Arpaio....

>>The DoJ has zero credibility

Bobby
Bobby

I read that Mr. Perez is a member of the racist Mexican, sorry, I mean, "Latino", organization known as LA RAZA. If this is true, he should recuse himself for conflict of interest. Right?

david saint
david saint

speaking of illegal..so is charging sitting judges with RICO when you dont have any evidence, and instead the goal is to just to intimidate them...game, set, match! 

Tom
Tom

You are as full of shit as arpaios depends.

Coz
Coz

Yes, illegal is illegal, something Bozo Joe Arpaio just can't seem to get through his old senile skull..

Marcy
Marcy

Unfortunately for you it's America's Most Senile Sheriff whose goons have been doing illegal things.

Do you support the MCSO's continued breaking of the law?

Bobby
Bobby

I noticed that in your long and passionate post, you mentioned the word Latino, or Latina, so many times I lost count. That says it all, doesns't it. The message behind the message. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 As I said in the earlier post, Joe is only the tip of the iceberg of abuse and corruption in the MCSO and it will take more than getting rid of him to fix it.

Bobby
Bobby

No it's occured to me and millions of Americans including myself know it. But being a border state, WITH MEXICO, I doubt there are too many Chinese illegal aliens there. Right?

Tom
Tom

Do you help him change his depends and rub cream on his ass ??

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 You are right Coz.  I hear an announcement from Arpaio about this guy breaking a puppy's legs and it should make my stomach turn and want to see the evil doer's nuts chopped off.  However, when Arpaio says it, I have to hold my thoughts while I consider if Arpaio is actually being honest. 

Bobby
Bobby

Apparently neither can you and the other people here, including Lemons.

desertflower1
desertflower1

It's a good start. Once he goes, let the walls start tumbling down!

Bobby
Bobby

Please don't cite the Los Angeles Times to me. I have lived in California and read the Los Angeles times, thousands of times. It is a leftist, lying, source of disinformation, that makes up stories and has been caught doing it several times, all to further their liberal agenda. When Arnold Schwarzenegger a republican, ran for office, the times kept dishing out dirt on him till the last minute before his election. He won overwhelmingly and as a result of the Los Angeles Times dirty tactics, they lost thousands of readers, and had to fire 400 employees. The Times has always been for illegal foreign nationals and against legal citizens as all organizations connected with the democrat party are. P.S. You sound like quite a bigot yourself.

desertflower1
desertflower1

You are a bigoted, uninformed moron.There. You have been officially told.

Bobby
Bobby

Illegal immigrants steal vast amounts of money from Americans. Phony tax returns, stolen American citizen I.D."s, job depression, wage depression, driving witout a license, paperwork fraud,etc. You can't live illegaly in a nation without commiting crime. Mexico is a rich nation that refuses to take care of its own ciizens, who come here, and are arrogant and abusive of American citizens--Arizona inlcuded..

Bobby
Bobby

No true American, regardless of race/culture, cares about what a RACIST organization like NCLR, thinks. It's far worse than the KKK ever was in its heyday. It advocates for hispanics and only hispanics. It lobbies our corrupt Congress, and makes non-hispanics pay taxes to support hispanic issues. It advocates for illegal immigration, from Mexico, and other latin nations, but not for, say Asian nations or European nations. It's a fifth columnist organization that hides under the cover of "human rights", but actually dreams of changing the U.S. into a new Mexico.

Bobby
Bobby

P.S. To make myself clearer, MEXICO is going to be the end of the U.S. and Arizona, NOT, Sheriff Arpiao.

Bobby
Bobby

It doesn't surprise me that a Mexican nationalist at heart like you would call me a bigot. In fact, no one has ever called me a bigot and I've known all kinds of different people. You can't handle the truth about illegal iimmigration, drugs, gangs, drug dealers, and the utterly miserable hopeless country of Mexico, which is bringing the U.S. down to a level of criminality that's mindboggling. All because of democrat and republican politics. Mexico is going to be the end of the U.S.

desertflower1
desertflower1

Has anyone ever told you what a bigot you are? Consider yourself told...always worrying what someone else is taking from you...poor darling, when all along, the people REALLY stealing from you, and oppressing you, are doing it with your blessing. They LOVE the sheep.
As far as your other comment regarding the taxes,I know your hair's on fire...but this is what you're talking about. American children. Their parents may be immigrants, but the children are not.
he tax package that is likely to pass the House and make its way to the Senate this week denies immigrant taxpayers who file their taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) the ability to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit for their U.S. citizen children. This provision will impact 2 million families and up to 4 million U.S. citizen children and take away a tax credit designed to keep children out of poverty.Child tax credits can only be claimed by those paying into the system and were designed to alleviate some of the burden that tax payment imposes on low-income, working families. Taking away this credit from tax-paying families could drive more than two million families closer to poverty.Despite paying their fair shares in taxes, undocumented immigrants are not eligible for the vast majority of benefits their tax dollars support. In 2010 ITIN filers contributed an estimated $9.2 billion in payroll taxes, or “ten times the amount that would be saved by stripping the child tax credit away from the children of ITIN filers.”NCLR notes that poverty among Hispanics is even higher than was previously known, in large part because many are unable to use important anti-poverty programs. Republicans may be taking aim at undocumented immigrants, but they are actually hurting their U.S. citizen children (who many Republicans of course do not consider American at all).Those damn kids that you all pretend to care about. You ought to be ashamed, but I know better.

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