Friday, December 14, 2007

Speaking of Racial Profiling

A suit filed in federal court is accusing the Maricopa Sheriff's dept. of "overstepping their authority" and "racial profiling."
This reminds me of a comment made by one of the administrators from Prince William County Virginia... Someone asked him how would an officer know the difference between someone undocumented and a U.S. citizen if they were both Latino. The official responded by saying that officers would get special training.

Arizona: Sheriff Sued Over Possible Profiling
New York Times
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.

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