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DOJ Issues Scathing Report on Sheriff Joe

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The hammer has fallen. From the Washington Post:

A scathing U.S. Justice Department report released Thursday found that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office carried out a blatant pattern of discrimination against Latinos and held a "systematic disregard" for the Constitution amid a series of immigration crackdowns that have turned the lawman into a prominent national political figure.


The government found that Arpaio's office committed a wide range of civil rights violations against Latinos, including unjust immigration patrols and jail policies that deprive prisoners of basic Constitutional rights.

The Justice Department's expert on measuring racial profiling found the sheriff's office to be the most egregious case of profiling in the nation that he has seen or reviewed in professional literature, said Thomas Perez, who heads the Justice Department's civil rights division.

"We found discriminatory policing that was deeply rooted in the culture of the department, a culture that breeds a systematic disregard for basic constitutional protections," Perez said.

In response to the report, the Department of Homeland Security announced that would sever ties with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and that Arpaio's jail officials will lose their federal authority to check the immigration status of inmates in county jails.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Talks and reports are cheap...however, the feds or someone else need to conduct a sting operation in which they set up a top official of the federal government who looks Hispanic or Indian (from India...preferably a Christian or Hindu), and of course a US citizen preferably born in this country...that will be the easiest way to nail him.

  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    I wonder if the Sheriff has opened up the flood gates of civil litigation against the Sheriff and county. It seems that liability is already established.....
  3. Matthew Kolken's Avatar
    They should have also issued a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's civil rights record. See:
  4. Grace Hoppin's Avatar
    @ Another Voice, Maricopa County has paid out literally millions of dollars in settlements and legal fees based on Joe Arpaio's actions in how he runs the MCSO. (Actions such as unlawful search and seizure, cruel and unusual treatment of inmates, police brutality, inappropriate investigations and search warrants, etc.)

    He has been viewed as all but untouchable politically, and no AZ politician that wants to be re-elected would take any kind of stand against him. My guess is the support for Joe will start falling, now that he's been knocked off his pedestal.
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