Raise your hand if you think that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a dirty, corrupt, racist, bigot who profiles Hispanics? Yep, that’s mine going up in the air. I know a heck of other people who agree with me. Evidently so does the legal system – finally! On Friday, U. S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled that he deliberately targeted certain individuals because of their race. By doing so he violated their Constitutional rights!
We all know he will appeal, and the far right will stand up for him. Of course, that hasn’t stopped Snow from issuing an injunction to stop Sheriff Joe’s racist policies.
“…The ruling concluded a class-action civil suit brought against Arpaio and his office by the American Civil Liberties Unionn (ACLU) that grew to represent every Latino driver pulled over in Maricopa County since 2007. Instead of seeking monetary damages, though, the plaintiffs called for those practices to be legally curtailed.
The plaintiffs’ case hinged on a combination of statistical data pointing to a higher likelihood for Latino drivers to be stopped by the department, as well as past statements by both Arpaio and his constituents regarding undocumented immigrants.
According to the ACLU, one witness for the plaintiffs, Temple University researcher Ralph Taylor, found that officers were 46 to 53 percent more likely to stop Latinos during “crime suppression sweeps” ordered by Arpaio compared to regular operations. Traffic stops involving Latinos were also 21 to 25 percent longer than regular stops.
“Facts are facts, statistics are statistics, and they can be interpreted,” Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox told KPHO-TV. “But I thought they were very telling.”…”
The Pink Flamingo’s favorite liberal blogger, the Feathered Bastard is enjoying every minute of this. Like The Pink Flamingo, there is a crowing I TOLD YOU SO!!!!! I don’t think it is going to be enough to help the recall effort, though.
“…..In this case, I love saying that I told you so.
Both before and after the civil trial in Melendres last summer, I noted that Arpaio was “guilty as sin.”
And so he is. Whether or not there is an appeal.
The only thing better than this ruling would be the folks at Respect Arizona scoring the signatures needed by this May 30 to recall our racial-profilin’ sheriff from office.
Who knows, this may be the last-minute miracle they need.
In case Snow wasn’t clear enough for you slavish, nativist, redneck supporters of Joe, and for his deputies, below are the details of Snow’s order.
Worthy of note, the prohibition that the MCSO is barred from, “Detaining, arresting or holding persons based on a reasonable suspicion that they are conspiring with their employer to violate the Arizona Employer Sanctions Act.”
Whether or not Arpaio tries to get around that and continue his Hispanic-hunting raids on local businesses remains to be seen….”
In the wacky anti-Hispanic bigotry world, Tom Tancredo is running for Governor of Colorado. The Pink Flamingo welcomes his entry into the race. It will be fun to have him to kick around, again! Let’s be rooting for an epic fail here, but not before we have a little fun and games with abject bigotry.
It’s a little like Steve King, who says that Ronald Reagan’s (evil) 1986 Amnesty Act caused Barack Obama to be elected. Go figure? The Pink Flamingo is trying to do just that. It’s nice to be able to hate people because of their culture and nation of origin. I sure wish I could do it, but I guess I’m just not much of a good Republican these days.
Racism hasn’t stopped SC Governor Nikki Haley from putting Roan Garcia-Quintana, a known racist, bigot, and member of the Council of Conservative Citizens (the front group of the white supremacist and neo-Nazi leaning Stormfront) on her re-election steering committee. Garcia-Quintana is one of the original founders of the tea parties – nationwide!
I just love it when anti-Hispanic bigots get busted!
“..The case began when Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, a Mexican tourist who was in the United States legally, was stopped outside a church in Cave Creek where day laborers were known to gather. Melendres, the passenger in a car driven by a White driver, claims that deputies detained him for nine hours and that the detention was unlawful.
Eventually, the case grew to include complaints from two Hispanic siblings from Chicago who felt they were profiled by sheriff’s deputies, and from an assistant to former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon whose Hispanic husband claims he was detained and cited while nearby White motorists were treated differently.
The lawsuit did not seek monetary damages. Instead, the plaintiffs asked for the kind of injunctive relief that the Sheriff’s Office has resisted in the past — a declaration that spells out what deputies may or may not do when stopping potential suspects, and a court-appointed monitor to make sure the agency lives by those rules.
Snow gave each side 20 hours to present their case in a tightly controlled trial that took place in late July and early August in the federal courthouse in downtown Phoenix.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs took a three-pronged approach, using Arpaio’s own statements about undocumented immigrants along with racially insensitive requests from constituents for immigration enforcement to show the sheriff’s callous attitude toward the rights of Latinos and his the agency’s intention to discriminate. Data showing that Latino drivers were more likely to be stopped during the sheriff’s immigration sweeps, and that those stops were likely to last longer, was designed to show the outcome of that intent. And statements from residents who claimed they were victims of profiling was intended to illustrate the impact of the sheriff’s policies.
Arpaio’s attorneys used their allotted time taking apart the statistical data and relying heavily on the testimony of sheriff’s deputies, commanders and administrators who testified repeatedly that the agency does not tolerate racial profiling, despite the lack of a policy expressly prohibiting the practice….”
The Immigration Prof Blog has more of the details on the Arpaio decision.
“…“The evidence fully supports the finding of an equal protection clause violation,” said Stan Young, a partner with Covington & Burling. “We proved a discriminatory intent, through the sheriff’s own internal correspondence and public statements, as well as admissions that the MCSO uses Hispanic ethnicity as a reason to pursue immigration inquiries. We also proved a harmful effect, in the form of higher stop rates and longer stop times for Hispanics. Even apart from racial discrimination, we also proved that the MCSO improperly detains motorists and passengers without having an adequate basis. All of these violations will now need to stop.”
MCSO’s rampant racial profiling had created a culture of fear in Maricopa County. Latinos and others who look or sound “foreign” have worried that a trip to the grocery store or to work will end with interrogation by armed officers or incarceration at the county jail.
“The voices of Sheriff Arpaio’s racial profiling targets have been heard,” said Nancy Ramirez, Western Regional Counsel, MALDEF. “Today’s decision vindicates Maricopa County community members who have long suffered from the Sheriff’s discriminatory and illegal practices. We look forward to seeing much needed reforms implemented at the MCSO.”
Today’s decision is a major step in putting an end to the culture of fear that was created under Sheriff Arpaio’s leadership of MCSO. With this victory, plaintiffs’ attorneys will make a detailed submission to the district court, outlining steps that should be taken to put an end to the MCSO’s illegal practices….”
The entire decision is 142 pages long!
The Pink Flamingo has no doubt Sheriff Joe is going to keep on keeping on with his own special brand of adorable racism and anti-Hispanic hate. He ‘s never let a little thing like laws and ethics stop him before, so a tacky and allegedly liberal ruling is just going to make him even nastier.