UPDATE: Judge Says Arizona Sheriff's Office Profiles Latinos; Sheriff Will Appeal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Attorneys say an appeal is planned after a federal judge ruled that the office of America

FILE - In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a defiant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pounds his fist on the podium as he answers questions regarding the Department of Justice announcing a federal civil lawsuit against Arpaio and his department, during a news conference in Phoenix. For six years, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America has vehemently denied allegations that his deputies racially profile Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols. Now, Arpaio will have to convince a federal judge who is presiding over a lawsuit that heads to trial on Thursday, July 19, 2012 and is expected to last until early August. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

It's the first finding by a court that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office racially profiles people.

 

PHOENIX (AP) -- Attorneys say an appeal is planned after a federal judge ruled that the office of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically racially profiled Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols.

The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow marks the first finding by a court that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office racially profiles people.

It also backs up allegations made by critics that Arpaio's officers rely on race in their immigration enforcement.

Snow also ruled Arpaio's deputies unreasonably prolonged the detentions of people who were pulled over.

A small group of Latinos alleged deputies pulled over some vehicles only to make immigration status checks.

Arpaio's lead attorney Tim Casey says the sheriff's office "has never used race and will never use race in its law-enforcement decisions" and an appeal of Snow's ruling will come "in the next 30 days."


PHOENIX (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that the office of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically racially profiled Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols.

The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow marks the first finding by a court that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office racially profiles people.

It also backs up allegations made by critics that Arpaio's officers rely on race in their immigration enforcement.

Snow also ruled Arpaio's deputies unreasonably prolonged the detentions of people who were pulled over.

A small group of Latinos alleged deputies pulled over some vehicles only to make immigration status checks. Arpaio has denied the allegations.

Cecillia D. Wang, director of the ACLU Immigrants' Right Project, called the ruling a "great day for all the people of Maricopa County."


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