Arizona: Sheriff Sued Over Possible Profiling – Sheriff Joe Arpaio

As hero to many nativist groups Sheriff Joe Arpaio always finds a place in the news. From his strange treatment of inmates to accusations of racial profiling this Arizona Sheriff keeps busy. Here are a few articles:

Arizona: Sheriff Sued Over Possible Profiling
By AP
Published: December 14, 2007
A Mexican citizen legally in the United States has sued the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, claiming its aggressive immigration enforcement has led to ethnic profiling. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court, outlines several instances where Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies are accused of overstepping their authority. Sheriff Arpaio called the suit frivolous and said it was an effort to intimidate him before his office begins enforcing a new law on Jan. 1 that threatens employers with penalties if they hire illegal workers. The suit seeks a judgment that Sheriff Arpaio’s actions are unconstitutional and the disbanding of the Illegal Immigration Interdiction unit. The suit is based on the claims of Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, a retired teacher, who was stopped by deputies on Sept. 26 in suburban Cave Creek.

Arpaio prepares for showdown

Prosecutor becomes immigration czar
Dec. 18, 2007 12:00 AM

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has quietly staged a coup.

With a little help from an army of sheriff’s deputies supplied by Generalissimo Joe Arpaio, Thomas has gone from simple prosecutor to self-appointed immigration czar.

We didn’t see it coming because when Thomas ran for the office of prosecutor under a slogan of “stop illegal immigration,” the county attorney had nothing to do with enforcing federal immigration law.

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