The federal judge in the racial-profiling case against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has expanded the investigative powers of the monitor assigned to the agency.
Former MCSO Deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz.
Over concerns that MCSO employees "may continue to be engaged in efforts to frustrate the implementation of this Court's Orders, and may in fact be using the internal investigative processes to conceal widespread departmental misconduct," Judge G. Murray Snow has issued orders expanding the monitor's oversight of MCSO's internal investigations.
"He made it clear to MCSO that he had expanded his authority to conduct these investigations because MCSO did such a terrible job investigating their own officers," ACLU of Arizona executive director Alessandra Soler tells New Times. The ACLU of Arizona and others are representing the plaintiffs in the racial-profiling case.More »