Judge Orders Monitor for Sheriff Arpaio, Cameras in Deputy Cars


After ruling that Maricopa County, Az., Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration enforcement violated the constitutional rights of thousands of Latinos, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow issued a follow-up opinion that maps out the future for the sheriff’s day-to-day operations, says the Arizona Republic. The future includes cameras in every deputy's car, increased data collection and reporting, a community-advisory board, and a court-appointed monitor to ensure the agency is taking steps to prevent discrimination. The Sheriff's Office will appeal the ruling but continue trying to comply in the meantime. Administrators will work to squeeze every dime possible out of the sheriff's coffers before turning to other funds to pay for personnel, equipment and resources needed to comply with the court order. The ruling included immediate changes to sheriff's policies that reinforce injunctions against deputies detaining people based purely on a suspect's “unlawful presence” in the U.S. without any other violations. The ruling bans “pretextual” traffic stops for immigration screening, such as stopping cars for broken taillights to question the driver and passengers about their status – a hallmark of Arpaio's immigration raids.

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