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Federal Judge sanctions Sheriff Arpaio


Apparently enforcing the law is now “racial profiling.”

A lawsuit filed by militant pro-illegal alien activists seeks to cripple Sherif Arpaio’s ability to enforce the law. It claims that since he is successful in rounding up illegal aliens, he must be “racial profiling.”

From FoxNews…

Since early 2008, Arpaio has run 13 immigration and crimes sweeps consisting of deputies and posse volunteers who flood an area of a city — in some cases heavily Latino areas — to seek out traffic violators and arrest other offenders.

The handful of Latinos who filed the lawsuit against Arpaio’s office alleged that officers based some traffic stops on the race of Hispanics who were in vehicles, had no probable cause to pull them over and made the stops so they could inquire about their immigration status.

Arpaio is known for tough jail policies, including housing inmates in canvas tents, and pushing the bounds for how local law enforcement agencies can confront illegal immigration.

The U.S. Justice Department said it’s investigating his office for alleged discrimination and for unconstitutional searches and seizures, but won’t provide any details of its examination. The sheriff believes the inquiry is focused on his immigration efforts.

Arpaio has repeatedly denied the racial profiling allegations, saying people pulled over in the sweeps were approached because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes. It was only afterward that deputies found many of them were illegal immigrants, he has said.

Some sheriff’s officials have acknowledged deleting their e-mails about the patrols and throwing away and shredding officers’ records of traffic stops made during the sweeps.

Snow said the sheriff’s office was negligent for not holding onto the documents and that the failure to preserve them is enough to justify sanctions. The judge asked plaintiff’s attorneys to suggest unspecified “adverse inferences” that could be drawn from the destruction of officers’ records of traffic stops made during the sweeps.