Feds findings in Sheriff Joe civil rights violations

US Justice Department Press Release

Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings in the ongoing civil rights investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). The Justice Department found reasonable cause to believe that MCSO, under the leadership of Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio, has engaged in a pattern or practice of misconduct that violates the Constitution and federal law. The investigation, opened in June 2008, was conducted under the provisions of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Title VI implementing regulations.

The department found reasonable cause to believe that a pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct and/or violations of federal law occurred in several areas, including:

  • Discriminatory policing practices including unlawful stops, detentions and arrests of Latinos;
  • Unlawful retaliation against individuals exercising their First Amendment right to criticize MCSO’s policies or practices, including but not limited to practices relating to its discriminatory treatment of Latinos; and
  • Discriminatory jail practices against Latino inmates with limited English proficiency by punishing them and denying them critical services.

The Justice Department found a number of long-standing and entrenched systemic deficiencies that caused or contributed to these patterns of unlawful conduct, including:

  • A failure to implement policies guiding deputies on lawful policing practices;
  • Allowing specialized units to engage in unconstitutional practices;
  • Inadequate training;
  • Inadequate supervision;
  • An ineffective disciplinary, oversight and accountability system; and
  • A lack of sufficient external oversight and accountability.

In addition to these formal pattern or practice findings, the investigation uncovered additional areas of serious concern, including:

  • Use of excessive force;
  • Police practices that have the effect of significantly compromising MCSO’s ability to adequately protect Latino residents; and
  • Failure to adequately investigate allegations of sexual assaults.
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9 comments

  1. Did Jeff Gilbert graduate from Arpaio University?

  2. Ya know why Sheriff Joe’s department does this, who do you think brings in more drugs from across the border?

  3. I’m not getting your point….

  4. I didn’t expect you to.

  5. Gee do I have to draw you a picture? The majority of traffic stops that turn out to be load vehicles sure aren’t driven by santa clause.

  6. So violating ANYONE’s civil rights is good because it’s good for the insane war on drugs, or you just don’t like Mexicans??? Please help me connect the dots sage one….

  7. We have crossed the Rubicon!

    I used to think there couldn’t have been a worse prez than Bush II, then along came Obombya…

    http://lewrockwell.com/peters-e/peters-e124.html

  8. No Michael I’m not saying ok to violate anyone’s civil rights and I happen to have a lot of friends that are hispanic. I’m saying if you listen real close to the police scanner for a while like a month or so you will notice most vehicles pulled over with drugs in them are driven by hispanic people. I realize it means having to figure out the names that are spelled on the radio and paying attention but try it. You will find most load vehicles are driven by people that are hispanic..

  9. My 1 ton Ford Dually hauls quite a load and I’m not hispanic.

    I’ve got better things to do than listen to a police scanner. (BTW, Jeff Gilbert uses his cell phone more than his radio, ever wonder why?)

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