Joe Arpaio's Deputies: Can They Chew Gum and Drive at the Same Time?
Operating on the assumption that not all MCSO deputies are as lame as their organization's titular tyrant and his immediate underlings, I apologize in advance to those beige-shirts who, contrary to this blog's header, can chew gum and drive at the same time.
My title's query is prompted by the MCSO's latest filings in the ACLU's racial profiling lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio, which Arpaio lost, big time, in May, when federal Judge G. Murray Snow found Arpaio's agency guilty of prejudiced policing toward Latinos and ordered it to stop.
Problem is, Arpaio and his flunkies have yet to get it it through their thick skulls that they've been a bad sheriff's office and will have to do what Judge Snow says in regard to enforcing his final order, like, accepting a court-appointed monitor.
During the most recent status conference in Melendres, occurring on August 30, both sides discussed how MCSO deputies one day will record their stops, even when there is no arrest or citation, something the parties have already agreed to in principle.
What's to keep a deputy from making up a reason for a stop after the fact? Especially when said deputy works for a law enforcement agency with a reputation for institutional bigotry and dishonesty?
Arpaio: incapable of taking his medicine like a man...
(Keep in mind that the MCSO was caught destroying evidence of stops that occurred during Arpaio's immigration sweeps, and as a result, the defense was sanctioned by the court.)
Snow offered this suggestion: have the officer call in the reason for a stop before he or she pulls over a vehicle.
Arpaio's lead attorney Tim Casey indicated that the MCSO might have legitimate law enforcement objections to Snow's recommendation. So Snow ordered that Casey submit a three page memo explaining any objections, and the plaintiffs would then reply to that memo with their own three pager, excluding any exhibits.