The court-appointed monitor of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shared results from his teams' first quarterly assessment of the MCSO last night at a community meeting in Guadalupe. But tensions ran high, especially given Arpaio's contentious history with the town.
Ashley Cusick Warshaw and his team address the Guadalupe crowd.
Chief Robert Warshaw and his team have been charged with monitoring Arpaio's office since January, a result of the October 2012 federal court finding that the MCSO unconstitutionally relied on race during traffic stops of Latinos in Maricopa County. Unsurprisingly, the majority of the 200 or so attendees in the packed Frank Elementary School gym were Latino citizens, many of them residents of Guadalupe.
The Arizona ACLU calls Guadalupe the "site of one of the MCSO's unlawful, racial profiling-based operations," and lingering resentment was clear last night.