Skip to comments.Government plans to sue Arizona sheriff for targeting Latinos
Posted on 04/04/2012 12:01:55 AM PDT by jda
The Obama administration on Tuesday said it was preparing to sue Arizona county sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department for violating civil rights laws by improperly targeting Latinos in a bid to crack down on illegal immigrants.
The sheriff's high-profile crackdown on illegal immigrants has helped thrust the issue onto the national political stage with some states passing tough new laws aimed at pushing out those in the country illegally.
The administration's Justice Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office have been in settlement talks for months over allegations that officers regularly made unlawful stops and arrests of Latinos, used excessive force against them and failed to adequately protect the Hispanic community.
Those negotiations have broken down because of a fight over the Justice Department's demand that an independent monitor be appointed by a federal court to oversee compliance with the settlement, which has now reached 128 pages in draft form, according to the Obama administration.
The Justice Department in a December report outlined numerous alleged civil rights violations, including that Latino drivers were four to nine times more likely to be stopped than non-Latinos by Arpaio's force.
The sheriff has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing and lashed out at the Obama administration for targeting his department and failing to deal with the problem of illegal immigration with some 11.5 million believed to be in the United States.
In a strongly worded statement on Tuesday, Arpaio said the appointment of a monitor would force him to abdicate responsibility for his police force, including decisions about policies, operations, jail programs and enforcement.
"To the Obama administration, who is attempting to strong arm me into submission only for its political gain, I say: This will not happen, not on my watch!" Arpaio said in the statement.
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Oh, I get it! Being a “minority” makes you immune from Federal law. Thank you, Eric Holder, for explaining that.
It’s obvious that Obama isn’t eligible and if we can’t throw him out of power over something this big and blatant then we are done as a nation. We are pretty much at a point that elections will change nothing. We are choosing from liberals and anti-American liberals these days. We need a total reset and I don’t see how that’s plausible.
Only Siberian Eskimos are to be targeted by immigration authorities in AZ............
I’m sure this has NOTHTING to do with the birth cert issue.
As long as it takes these days to get a court date in federal court, this suit probably will never see the light of day under either Holder or Obama.
“I said earlier today that I feel like I am living in pre WW2 Germany and feel helpless about it.”
WOW, that sums it up perfectly. You nailed it!
How is he going to do that when all the illegals are Mexican?
Living about 45 miles from the largest US-Mex. border, I can tell you we don't see Asian illegals! Maybe he needs to look for some Swedish illegals?
Did you ever consider it's the illegals from Mexico that are breaking the laws that get them pulled over in the first place? My experience (from sharing the freeways with them): their vehicles alone break the law.
In a place like NYC you get a more diverse mix of illegals such as Mulsims, Indians, Chinese, etc
But Arizona? Illegal aliens there are just about always Mexicans and other Hispanics.
This is just the usual BS from the third world saboteurs Holder and Obama
The Deputies and Posse members do not target people by their race. That is known as “racial profiling,” and it’s illegal. Most of the traffic stops during enforcement patrols are due to driving infractions or equipment violations. If people would obey traffic laws and keep their vehicles street-legal, there would be no Probable Cause to pull them over. Because illegal aliens won’t do these things, they make the highways and city streets a target-rich environment, and they have no one to blame but themselves.
” Theyre retaliating against Arpaio because hes getting to close to the truth with his eligibility investigation of 0bama.”
That’s all this is about.
” Im sure this has NOTHTING to do with the birth cert issue.”
Anyone who read the recent biography on Joe knows he won’t relent. The Obammunist has a problem.
I can guarantee you, there are PLENTY of “OTM’s” in the area!
The Mex get detected most easily as they refuse to make any effort at assimilation.
Illegals from other parts of the world either try to blend in, or rarely leave their ethnic enclaves. (”Chinatown”, “Little Havana”, Dearborn, etc.)
Sheriff Joe needs to bust a bunch of OTM’s if he has not already done so.
I don't think Arpaio needs to do anything other than what he is already doing...executing the law as written. Obama is out to shut him up so will find fault with anything the sheriff does.
Thank you for this and all the pings, dear.
I live near Tucson. I drive the roads daily, and I have no idea if someone is Hispanic when looking from the rear - where most cops are when they decide to pull someone over.
So just HOW does a cop ‘target’ Hispanics to pull over?
Excepting, of course, the pick-ups piled 10 feet high with stuff, which are driven by Mexicans most of the time - and that are illegal for ANYONE to drive.
You are quite welcome.
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