Thursday, June 21st, 2018

DOJ Sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio for Targeting Latinos

"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