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Court bans detention practices by Ariz. sheriff against Latinos



This news story was published on May 26, 2013.
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Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio

PHOENIX, May 25 (UPI) — A federal judge in Arizona has ruled Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s handling of people of Latino descent amounts to racial and ethnic profiling.

Judge Murray Stone, ruling in suits filed by some of the profiled people, banned some of the sheriff’s operation procedures, CNN reported Saturday.

The court said many of Arpaio’s practices violated Fourth Amendment guarantees against unreasonable search and seizure, and 14th Amendment provisions of equal treatment under the law.

In a 142-page ruling, Snow permanently banned the sheriff’s office from detaining or arresting Latinos simply on suspicion they may be in the country illegally, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The judge noted that in four sweeps of day-labor facilities, none of the 35 people arrested was detained for violation of state or local laws.

Tim Casey, an attorney who represented the sheriff’s office, said he was “disappointed in the decision” and promised to appeal the ruling. The position of the sheriff’s office “was and always has been that race is not used to make law enforcement decisions.”

The ruling is “a gift that reminded us that Sheriff Arpaio has to go,” said Lilia Alvarez, organizer of a campaign to recall Arpaio, The Arizona Republic reported.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI)

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45 Responses to Court bans detention practices by Ariz. sheriff against Latinos

  1. bodacious Reply Report comment

    May 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    You don’t like the government picking on tea party organizations cuz it ain”t right, but it’s ok to pick on Mexicans because……..why? Did you read this part of the story?
    “The judge noted that in four sweeps of day-labor facilities, none of the 35 people arrested was detained for violation of state or local law”

    Poor Joe. All those resources used up for what? Not calling you Republicans racists, bigots or fools, but I am calling you wrong. It is racial profiling. If they started raiding churches looking for Catholics, would that be profiling?

    • ironic Reply Report comment

      May 27, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      No, because Jesus was GOP, just ask Hannity and the rest of them. The teabaggers on this site say it’s ok to profile them dirty Mexicans and Negros too. It’s their American way. Archie Bunker for Life fool!

      • 4ever49 Reply Report comment

        May 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

        bodacious & ironic – so where would one sweep looking for illegals &/or terrorists?
        Maybe in those places that tend to provide them employment – wouldn’t that be a place to start? So a few citizens were upset when their citizenship status was questioned – so what. If the sheriff had a quick way to determine their status detention would not be required, would it.
        I would expect ICE, Homeland Security, etc. to make sweeps for Islamic terrorists at mosques – because that is where they tend to congregate, right? Profiling, racial & otherwise, is used by El Al who has quite a good record of identifying those with the potential to do harm – but we are not allowed to use what is no more than common sense. Political correctness has become our Achilles heel.

        • huh? Reply Report comment

          May 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

          No it’s what makes America great. You right wing nuts who are brainwashed by a Fox network are far more dangerous.

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 28, 2013 at 11:48 am

          This huh? person must use quite a few names on here, there can’t be this many ignorant people in iowa.

        • 4ever49 Reply Report comment

          May 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

          huh? – Brainwashing goes both directions as you demonstrate in your posts.
          When we are unable to act on an obvious danger because it might offend the group from which it comes is truly self-delusion and dangerous.

        • bodacious Reply Report comment

          May 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm

          Did you read the short excerpt I posted about NO illegals were found? If we follow your logic, then the best place to look for criminals would be in jails.

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm

          or the white house

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          May 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm

          @bodacious-I think you might want to read the article again. It says that no one was found that violated state or local laws. I take that to mean that they violated federal law and then were arrested. You have to live out there to understand how this works. They congregate in area where they work and live and now the cartels are moving in and they are everywhere. It is entirely different than it is here in Iowa.

  2. seriously? Reply Report comment

    May 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    They hate activist judges, but love activist sheriffs. Wing-nuts are nutty.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Did I hear there is a lawsuit filed by ICE and Various sheriffs departments against the government becaause the feds won’t let them perform illeagal imigration laws – school system worked till the feds got in.

    • maybe Reply Report comment

      May 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Not quite, they are sueing the government for not letting them enforce current laws that are already on the books. The government wants more democratic voters so they want as many illegals here as possible.

      • seriously? Reply Report comment

        May 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

        Illegals vote then?

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

          where have you been? they voted the last 2 elections, how do you think whats his face won?

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm

          @maybe-people who think illegals don’t vote are pretty stupid or just don’t want to believe the truth.

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm

          or to round it all up, they are liberals. with everything that’s happening lately some liberals are beginning to see the light, those that don’t are just down right retarded, and you know how I hate to use that word because that means the liberals are giving handicapped people a very bad name.

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm

          @maybe-lets just watch and see them jump all over you and call you a racist and a bigot because you used the retard word. They are so cute when they are baby’s.

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm

          My son is autistic so I hate using that word but bring it on a$$holes.

        • seriously? Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm

          Your sons a retard?

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm

          central park, tomorrow at 6pm, be there

        • seriously? Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm

          What is this, grade school?

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm

          sure why not, you are acting like a child so I will treat you like one

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm

          @maybe-you know calling some of these cowards out that like to smart mouth people from behind their keyboards might be just what needs to be done. I told you one of the libs would have something smart to say and they did.

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

          They have the right to voice their own opinions and even if I think that are way off I respect that right. When someone verbally or physically assaults one of my own I will call them out. I will verbally assault them till they defend themselves. I may be prior service, worked for law enforcement and have lived somewhat a violent life. I am not a violent person, but things change. I like having a heated debate if I think they are wrong but I do that with an open mind. I said that I don’t like using the word retard for personal reasons but if anybody calls my son a retard I will slap the liberal shit out of them. I apologize for my language but this yahoo seriously has struck a nerve. My challenge stands.

        • My Voice Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm

          Really? That coward won’t show maybe. Seriously is a serious Vagina. Seriously….

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 7:37 pm

          Well I don’t want this shemale to say he/she was there and I wasn’t so I will be there waiting just in case. I know that I am just pissed off right now and tomorrow I might cool off and have second thoughts, but I doubt it, this is my son they are making fun of.

        • My Voice Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 7:44 pm

          Damn straight maybe. I couldn’t agree with you more. But I called seriously? out once before after a comment to CCW holders and there was no reply. Wasn’t even brave enough to challenge me from behind the keyboard when I made it clear I was playing anymore. I am a very happy neighborly kind of guy but I am also very intense and I don’t have problem one with handing out an asswhopin or getting one for something i believe in. Bring the kids into it….ya, I’m with you.

        • seriously? Reply Report comment

          May 27, 2013 at 11:37 pm

          What will you do if your retarded son turns out gay as well?

    • Matt Rezab Reply Report comment

      May 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      How ironic is it that a bunch of people hiding behind screen names are calling someone out for doing the same thing? You’re all a bunch of cowards. If you have something to say attach your REAL name to it and own it as your own.
      This website is constantly reporting on local issues and local people. It’s different from randomly hating on some YOUTUBE video. These are people who live and work in this community. Many of you are throwing hearsay and innuendo anonymously all the time. I’m not saying you’re always wrong but at least own your own statements as if you were saying it to their face.
      Maybe your mom was right, if you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all.

    • ironic Reply Report comment

      May 27, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      Why do you suppose you had a retarded son? Do you suppose it was something in the water?

      • maybe Reply Report comment

        May 28, 2013 at 12:40 am

        hey a$$hole, he is my step son but I love him like he was my own, when his mother and I divorced he came to live with me so take that shit and eat it.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        May 28, 2013 at 7:58 am

        @ironic-what a terrible, rotten thing to say even if you are hiding behind a keyboard. You are a chicken S### coward.

  4. activist judges Reply Report comment

    May 27, 2013 at 12:34 am

    What we don’t need are activist Sheriffs.

    • My Voice Reply Report comment

      May 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      What we REALLY don’t need is any more damn illegals.

  5. 4ever49 Reply Report comment

    May 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    There is obviously a big disconnect between the judiciary (probably the 7th district in San Francisco) and the electorate.
    Sheriff Joe continues to be reelected by huge margins so he must be doing something right – like enforcing the laws. Maybe federal judges should be subject to confirmation votes as Iowa judges are.

  6. Pee Wee Reply Report comment

    May 26, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I hope I live long enough to see Sheriff Joe up on Mt Rushmoore he deserves it. They will put him up there some day but we got to clean house first maybe I will live to help but not likely. He is a great American oh yes.

  7. Nichole Bench Reply Report comment

    May 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    If you support the 2nd, you should also support the 4th, 5th and 6th. No one has ever said it was okay for the IRS to profile.

  8. seriously? Reply Report comment

    May 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Unbelievable racist responses and proof of our large racist population.

    • maybe Reply Report comment

      May 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      typical liberal response, rasism. the only people here that are rasist are the people saying it all the time.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        May 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        @maybe-that is always the Libs response to anything they don’t like. They either call you a racist or a bigot. They are the biggest bigots there are.

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

          actually 1 other word comes to mind, whores.

  9. Bobby G Reply Report comment

    May 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    So it’s OK for the IRS to profile the tea party. But it is Illegal to target Latinos. When 80 percent of the population are Latino. Joe will appeal this and win. Go Joe

  10. dave Reply Report comment

    May 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Sheriff Joe,is one of the best Sheriff’s in the country.He actually enforces the laws on the books and is willing to do what it takes to do it.The crime here is that Federal Judges refuses to enforce the laws.If these people(illegals) were lily white,they would be throwing them in jail.I am a Sheriff Joe supporter,and I wish that every sheriff would enforce the laws all the laws..