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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Someone please help me here - I only have a public education! IF most of the illegal immigrants are coming from Mexico, and IF you really wanted to "crack down on illegal immigrants", wouldn't you target Latinos, as opposed to, say, Canadians, or Europeans, or Asians, or Africans???
Yup. Sue a lawman for enforcing the law.
Makes an Obama kinda sense.
With this utter assclown in the White House, America really is in the crapper and circling the chute.
Obama and his administration is something out of a very bad fascist movie. Good news—it ends with the good prevailing.
President Obama’s ILLEGAL uncle has reportedly been granted a hardship driver’s license by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles just a week after he lost the right to drive for 45 days in a deal in a drunken driving case.
Isn’t the Obama administration targeting a white-latino?
I hope sheriff Joe has:
1. Detected and turned over plenty of non-Mex. illegals to ICE.
2. Kept track of same.
We have illegal alien invaders here from every country on Earth, with many of them being enemy agents intent on doing us harm.
Start deporting the illegal Russians, Irish, Canadians, Africans, Chinese, etc. too!
I can only hope the sheep I'll be counting aren't people.
Arpaio would STILL be harassed by the 0bama regime even if he moved to a Canadian border state. They’re retaliating against Arpaio because he’s getting to close to the truth with his ‘eligibility investigation’ of 0bama.
He will eventually kill someone. Then we can see obama dance some more.
Notice the article doesn’t mention the investigation by Arpao into Obama’s eligibility. You don’t think that a small part in this?
I said earlier today that I feel like I am living in pre WW2 Germany and feel helpless about it.
yep, duh bozzo is hitting back at him for the birth certificate stuff, when a president is so vile that they attack citizens for their beliefs and are not held accountable we have a communist country..
We will be lucky to get rid of this POS...
I think he’s been doing that already..
...in the movies...maybe. But what if it's a very long movie?
Amen & Amen! Right on target!
The lawyers (politicians) have been making so many laws they have to sue one another as: “My law is better than your law!”
Madness! Just more madness! Nebuchadnezzar madness! (Daniel 4:28-37)
True , but he can only drive to the liquor store (where he works).
Arpaio needs to start releasing crime and accident scene photos when illegals murder American citizens and when American citizens are killed in road accidents caused by illegals.
Expand that concept to include career citizen criminals who are repeat offenders and let the world and America see what they and illegals do to innocent citizens.
Release the death scenes in all their graphic horror and publish the front and center.
Let’s see what Obama’s bloodthirsty racist monsters do then.
Their whole greedy, powermad system relies on ruthless, totalitarian censorship and lies.
Show the horrific truth of what they are not only enabling, but openly encouraging.
Let me get this straight. The same office that conducted Project Gunrunner wants to punish Sheriff Arpaio for upholding the law? Amazing!
“I said earlier today that I feel like I am living in pre WW2 Germany and feel helpless about it.”
We are living in such a place. But we are not helpless about it. Unlike the Germans of the 1930s, we can — and will — fight back. And November 6, 2012 is just one of the battles.