JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS ARPAIO VIOLATED CIVIL RIGHTS
Today the Department of Justice released a report from the first of a two part investigation on Sheriff Arpaio. In it they find Arpaio and his department in violation of Civil rights. You can read the report here. http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/spl/mcso.php
From the Asscoiated Press
The National Day Laborer Organizing Network also put out a statement calling for an end to the DHS collaboration programs that put Sheriff Arpaio into immigration enforcement.
NDLON Responds to DOJ Report, Calls for Severing of DHS Ties to Sheriff Arpaio
DOJ Report Serves as Indictment of Local Immigration Enforcement Programs that Created Constitutional Crisis in Maricopa County
Today the Department of Justice concluded its three year investigation into civil rights violations in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. In response to the detailed report, Pablo Alvarado of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following response:
“The Department of Justice report formally and forcefully describes a civil and human rights crisis in Maricopa County; one that has moved hundreds of thousands to demonstrate around the globe over the past several years.
It is a ringing indictment of a Sheriff’s office that has ‘treated all Latinos as if they were undocumented’ and the federal immigration contracts that have made such prejudice possible. It is the most detailed chronicle of the failed end result of the federal programs that make monsters out of local law enforcement.
We have waited three years for federal intervention to restore justice in Maricopa County. Now that the Department of Justice has outlined the symptoms, it is time for the Department of Homeland security to terminate its immigration contracts with the Sheriff as a first step toward a cure.”
The Department of Justice report outlines years of biased policing that created “a chronic culture of disregard for basic legal and constitutional obligations (page 2).”
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Under Arpaio shows the grassroots resistance to Maricopa County, Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio who prides himself on being the "toughest sheriff in America". Arpaio prides himself on immigration raids on migrant and Latino neighborhoods, human rights violations in his jails and wasting hundreds of of millions of taxpayer dollars. Under Arpaio features the grassroots activists from low-income migrant communities, the attorneys, reporters, elected officials, and indigenous people who speak truth to power.
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