Joe Arpaio's Deputy Says Sheriff Is Misinformed About Illegal Immigration Patrols
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|Joe Arpaio along with Deputy Chief Brian Sands, who testified in federal court today, in Pei Wei immigration raid|
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is sometimes misinformed about his infamous crime-suppression patrols, resulting in false public statements, according to a deputy who testified this morning in the racial-profiling lawsuit involving the sheriff's office.
Deputy Chief Brian Sands, who was in charge of choosing locations to do crime-suppression operations for MCSO, told U.S. District Judge Murray Snow that there was a "disconnect" between Arpaio and the deputies' actions during illegal immigration enforcement.
"When I say a disconnect, oftentimes [Arpaio] doesn't understand what the rank-and-file deputies are doing out there," the chief testified in the fourth day of the Melendres v. Arpaio lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, which accuses the Sheriff's Office of racially profiling Hispanics during its saturation patrols, or also known as crime-suppression operations.
In fact, Sands doesn't even like that Arpaio rambles on about the operations in press conferences or press releases, because he says the sheriff doesn't know what he's talking about.
"Arpaio sometimes is misinformed, through no fault of his own," Sands stated while he was being questioned by the sheriff's lawyer, Tim Casey.
"I rather do things without observation [from the media]...and I think a lot of police [are] like that."
One example that was touted in court today as a false public statement was an MCSO press release, which claimed Arpaio's office did a crime-suppression operation because of concerns related to lingering day laborers, even though no crime was being reported in the area.
"There were inaccuracies that went out," Sands stated, referring to the release.