Joe Arpaio, Serial Racist, Brings Infamous "Crime Suppression Operation" (aka, Racial-Profiling Patrol) to Tempe
"These news releases either emphasized that the patrols' purpose was immigration enforcement," Snow writes, "or prominently featured the number of unauthorized aliens arrested during such operations. Most of the time, the reports ignored any other arrests that took place."
Snow cites a number of these MCSO press statements, which were entered into evidence by the ACLU. These releases hardly are the only evidence of the MCSO's racial-profiling, but they're about as self-incriminating as it gets.
Interestingly, nearly all of the MCSO press releases regarding the sweeps apparently have been deleted from the MCSO's online file dating back to 2008.
(Some of these press releases can still be accessed via the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. Press releases with titles such as, "New Immigration Enforcement Posse Operational for 18th Crime Suppression Operation," and "Sheriff's Operation Results in Arrests of Large Numbers of Illegal Aliens," appear on the Wayback machine for 2011. But on the MCSO's website, they no longer appear.)
During a June hearing in Judge Snow's court, Snow made clear that he was enjoining the MCSO from enforcing civil immigration law. However, the MCSO can enforce state law.
That does not mean, of course, that the MCSO can racial-profile under the pretext of enforcing state law. At least, it's not supposed to.
During that June hearing, Arpaio's lawyer Tim Casey promised the court that the era of the MCSO's terrorizing the Latino community with sweeps was over.
"Those have not occurred since October of 2011 and they will not occur," Casey told Judge Snow.
Even more emphatically, Casey stated that, "The MCSO is out of the federal immigration enforcement business."
And yet, it did not take long for Arpaio to fire up his raids on local businesses, looking to arrest undocumented cooks, dishwashers, busboys and cleaning ladies.
Now, Arpaio is engaged once more in a "crime suppression operation," significantly, before Judge Snow appoints a civil rights monitor to oversee Arpaio's office and institute Snow's new rules for Arpaio's agency.