A federal judge has prohibited an anti-immigration sheriff from using racial profiling to target Latinos during law-enforcement stops.
Earlier this week, a federal judge followed through with the May ruling of US District Judge G. Murray Snow which determined that Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) engaged in unconstitutional racial profiling of Latinos during immigration raids and ordered a monitor to “make sure racial discrimination would no longer occur during law-enforcement stops.”
Some of the key court order mandates to be enforced include: mounting cameras on every police car, radioing in the reason for stopping a driver before officers can approach the vehicle, recording all stops with audio and video, and barring the use of traffic stop quotas.
The court order also says:
Arpaio and his officers are not to rely “on a suspect’s speaking Spanish, or speaking English with an accent, or appearance as a day laborer as a factor in developing reasonable suspicion or probable cause to believe a person has committed or is committing any crime, or reasonable suspicion to believe that an individual is in the country without authorization.
According to a statement released by Sheriff Arpaio the department has already begun the appeal process. He writes:
I have received a copy of the court order and I am in the process of discussing it with our attorneys. We are identifying areas that are ripe for appeal. To be clear, the appointed monitor will have no veto authority over my duties or operations. As the constitutionally elected Sheriff of Maricopa County, I serve the people and I will continue to perform my duties and enforce all laws.
Since Arpaio first became the Maricopa County Sheriff in 1993, he has instituted numerous questionable prosecution tactics and been the subject of scores of racial profiling lawsuits.