Joe Arpaio Thumbs Nose at Federal Judge, Plans Sweep to Start Friday
In the past, such operations were Arpaio's excuse to target Hispanics, racial profile, and engage in immigration enforcement. But in the past couple of years, the MCSO had suspended the sweeps, with the last one taking place in 2011.
Then in September, the MCSO joined with the Tempe Police Department in a crackdown on drunken ASU students. That was the camel's nose under the tent.
Now Arapio's going to cram the entire camel down Snow's gullet. Though, hypothetically, Snow could move to stop it.
In the process, Arpaio is making his lawyer look like a low-rent Ronald McDonald. During a June hearing, where Snow indicated that a monitor was likely, Casey offered the judge his assurance that Arpaio's sweeps were kaput.
"Those have not occurred since October of 2011 and they will not occur," Casey said with finality, when questioned by Snow.
The lawyer also assured Snow that, "The MCSO is out of the federal immigration enforcement business."
Which, of course, is total bull, bull that Casey is paid taxpayer's money to spew.
Where will the sweep be? Apparently, near the area where an MCSO detention officer was shot in front of his home in August, around Laveen.
That would make it difficult for Snow to intervene before the fact. Since Arpaio will proffer a legit reason for the sweep, Snow may not feel he can lower the boom.
Pro-immigrant activist Lydia Guzman said the community is ready for Arpaio, and that she and her posse of cop-watchers will dog every deputy on patrol, videotaping them, waiting for them to mess up.
"I think Arpaio is trying to thumb his nose at the Judge's order," she told me. "I think the U.S. Department of Justice needs to look into this and make sure these court orders are being followed."
I also contacted ACLU Dan Pochoda, one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in Melendres, but he declined comment at this time.
I know the feeling. Arpaio's lack of respect for the rule of law is galling. Seems he even gave one local TV station a heads up and a promise of a ridealong.
So did that TV station get its heads up before or after Judge Snow was notified by Tim Casey?
Oh, you know the answer.