Joe Arpaio Heads to the Woodshed: Judge G. Murray Snow Orders Monitor, Retraining, Video Cameras on Patrol Cars, and More in Melendres
The monitor will act as Snow's eyes and ears for at least the next three years.
Snow ordered the MCSO to provide office space and equipment to the monitor, who may be an individual or group of individuals. The monitor also will be granted nearly unlimited access to the MCSO's records, facilities and personnel.
In turn, the monitor will make quarterly reports to the court, conduct annual assessments of the MCSO's progress, review classes and training materials, and make suggestions regarding all issues before the court.
Indeed, if the Sheriff's Office decides to execute a "pre-planned operation" (you know, like a sweep), involving 10 or more personnel, the MCSO must produce a "written protocol," outlining most aspects of the operation, and provide it in advance to the monitor.
Following any such operation, the MCSO has to turn over extensive data to the monitor and the plaintiffs regarding what was done, who was stopped and arrested, and so forth.
(If an ongoing criminal investigation might be compromised, notification will be provided under seal to the court.)
Snow indicated that the court is the "ultimate arbiter of compliance," and if, "the parties are not able to resolve issues with the monitor . . . [they] may submit their grievances directly to the court for resolution."
Still, with a separate court ruling last week enjoining the MCSO and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office from arresting and prosecuting migrants for conspiring to smuggle themselves in to the country -- and now Snow's final order -- Arpaio is hedged in more than ever before when it comes to terrorizing the Latino community.
Not that the MCSO's anti-Hispanic pogrom is over. There remain Arpaio's worksite raids, wherein the MCSO rounds up dishwashers, cleaning ladies, busboys, and the like for working illegally in the United States. This, under the guise of combating identity theft and forgery.
Similarly, the MCSO continues its discrimination against Latinos in the jails, among other constitutional violations addressed in the ongoing civil rights lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department.
However, some six or seven years after Arpaio's immigration fixation began, the forces of bigotry in this county are in retreat.
"The justice system is catching up with MCSO now," Wang claimed. "It's time for them to change their ways."
Long past time.
Shortly after this blog post was published. Arpaio issued the following, a characteristically gruff response to Snow's ruling:
"I have received a copy of the court order and I am in the process of discussing it with our attorneys. We are identifying areas that are ripe for appeal. To be clear, the appointed monitor will have no veto authority over my duties or operations. As the constitutionally elected Sheriff of Maricopa County, I serve the people and I will continue to perform my duties and enforce all laws."
"Veto authority"? Talk about a straw man. No one asked for it, Joe.
Sure, you can appeal, seek a stay from a higher court. Which you're unlikely to get, as what Snow's demanding of you is par for the course when it comes to such orders.
Meanwhile, you'll have to do what Judge Snow says or face the consequences. Like contempt of court, for starters.