Joe Arpaio Lies About Racial Profiling, and MCSO Deputies Screw Up on Video (Again)
When it comes to the ACLU's big civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio, the MCSO clown car, as driven by geriatric joker Sheriff Joe Arpaio, just keeps on rollin', despite U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow's best efforts.
In fact, Snow has called a status conference for April 3, where some of the MCSO's latest shenanigans may become a topic of discussion. More on that order in a sec.
So get this: Two days after Arpaio and his Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan were chastised by Snow for their remarks about his ruling and order in Melendres, Arpaio sent out a fundraising letter, begging for money from gullible Joe-worshippers, and basically saying the same thing that he said to his deputies in an October meeting, which got him in trouble with the judge.
In the letter, Arpaio complains of, "Rampant UNFOUNDED [sic] charges of racism and racial profiling in my office."
Call it what you want, Joe, but there was a trial in 2012, and in May 2013, Judge Snow concluded that the MCSO had used race as a factor in determining where to have their notorious Hispanic-hunting sweeps, and as the judge himself restated recently, "in deciding which vehicles to pre-textually stop for traffic violations."
Moreover, when Arpaio's immigration authority was whacked by the feds, the MCSO continued its racial profiling ways, and, as Snow has observed, wrongly instructed deputies that they had "the inherent authority to enforce civil and/or administrative aspects of federal immigration law with or without valid 287(g) certification."
During Monday's hearing, Snow expressed his extreme displeasure with Sheridan's calling his ruling "crap," and making other misstatements to deputies just as they were about to participate in an October sweep in the West Valley.