December 16, 2011

Federal Probe Finds Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Office Violated Rights of Latinos

According to the civil rights report by the United States Department of Justice, Latinos are four to nine times more likely to be stopped in traffic stops in Maricopa County than non-Latino’s and that the agency’s immigration policies treat Latinos as if they are all in the country illegally.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio along with his office, known as MCSO, is under federal investigation for racial profiling and discrimination. Sheriff Arpaio denies the racial profiling allegations and believes that individuals who are stopped by deputies are done so because there is enough probable cause to believe they have committed crimes. The Justice Department disagree with Sheriff Arpaio’s and MCSO’S policies. “Arpaio’s own actions have helped nurture [a] culture of bias.”

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