Thursday, February 9th, 2017

DOJ Sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio for Targeting Latinos

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"The Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit in federal court today against Maricopa County, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio, arising from unconstitutional and unlawful actions by the defendants. ... The complaint alleges that Maricopa County, MCSO and Sheriff Arpaio engaged in and continue to engage in a pattern or practice of:

Discriminatory and otherwise unconstitutional law enforcement actions against Latinos who are frequently stopped, detained and arrested on the basis of race, color, or national origin;

Discriminatory jail practices against Latino inmates with limited English skills; and

Illegal retaliation against their perceived critics, subjecting them to baseless criminal actions, unfounded civil lawsuits, or meritless administrative actions.

According to the complaint, since approximately 2006, MCSO and Sheriff Arpaio have intentionally and systematically discriminated