Racial profiling again, Sheriff? Guess we'll have to keep a close eye on you!
According to Fox News Latino, a federal judge ordered on Wednesday that Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio be appointed an independent monitor and a community advisory board to ensure that Arpaio is complying with constitutional requirements, after finding his office engages in racial profiling.
"Today's order is really going to put some sunlight into the corners of the MCSO that have been such a problem in terms of people's civil rights. It's a great day," said Cecillia Wang, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who is representing the plaintiffs.
The U.S. District Judge found that Arpaio's office was singling out Latinos and holding unreasonably prolonged detentions. The ruling comes after a small group of Latinos sued the sheriff's office for violating their constitutional rights, saying they were being detained simply because of their race.
This won't altogether bar Arpaio from enforcing the state's immigration laws, but it does impose a long list of restrictions on the sheriff's patrols including prohibitions on using race as a factor in deciding whether to stop a vehicle with a Latino occupant and on detaining Latino passengers solely based on the suspicion that they're in the country illegally.