Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Racially Profiled Latinos, Federal Judge Rules (BC Investigation heating up behind the scenes)Submitted by Freedom Ninja on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:30
- PHOENIX, May 24 (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday found hardline Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio had violated the constitutional rights of Latino drivers in his crackdown on illegal immigration, and ordered him to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions.
The ruling against the Maricopa County sheriff came in response to a class-action lawsuit brought by Hispanic drivers that tested whether police can target illegal immigrants without racially profiling Hispanic citizens and legal residents.
U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow ruled that the sheriff's policies violated the drivers' constitutional rights and ordered his office to cease using race or ancestry as a grounds to stop, detain or hold occupants of vehicles - some of them in crime sweeps dubbed "saturation patrols."
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Timed perfectly since the B.C. Investigation is mere weeks away from major developments. Interview with Lead "Cold Case Posse" Investigator, Lt. Mike Zullo | May 23, 2013: