The fallout from a racial profiling ruling in federal court is still with us. Back in 2011, United States District Judge was presiding over a case that alleged racial profiling by deputies in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. The issue centered on the allegation that investigations by the Department, including traffic stops, were race-based. This,…

You see and hear the statement all the time: “If you see something, say something.” But just what does it mean? And can it lead to racial profiling? The statement was invented by a New York ad agency back in 2001, a day after 9/11. It was created for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority…

After all that’s happened with former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, you might conclude that some of the major faults leveled at the MCSO were entirely Joe’s doing. We’re talking, of course, about systematically discriminating against Hispanics, racial profiling, harassment, and the like. Well, while the record is clear that while Arpaio was a moving…

There’s a quote attributed to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Back in 2009, he reportedly told an interviewer, “I don’t bow down to the federal government.” Joe apparently took his own advice, but it’s landed him in a heap of trouble. Arpaio has a history of what have been called “brash” techniques. They include…

When the police arrived at a Phoenix apartment complex back in 2012, they were looking for an individual who had an outstanding federal warrant, and who, they heard, was seen selling drugs in the area. At the complex, the police didn’t find the person they were searching for. Rather, they came across four black men,…

After 24 years in office as the Sheriff of Maricopa County, “America’s toughest sheriff” has lost his bid this week for an unprecedented seventh term. The 84-year old Republican was ousted by Democrat Paul Penzone, a retired Phoenix cop, who had criticized Arpaio for spending too much time promoting himself, and too little time promoting…

In an attempt to counter the effects of the Arizona law (SB 1070) known as “show me your papers”, the American Civil Liberties Union has announced that it is unveiling a smartphone app that will permit users to review the legal aspects of the immigration laws and policies in Arizona and report abuses, such as…

In a stunning defeat for the self-styled “toughest sheriff in America,” a federal judge issued a ruling last week that Joe Arpaio and his office engaged in conduct that constituted a violation of the constitutional rights of Latino drivers in their attempt to crack down on illegal immigration. The decision came eight months after a…

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