Fascist Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is getting a federal watchdog, which can only be a good thing for everyone but him. A federal judge ordered the appointment of an overseer to monitor his departments conduct after decades of misconduct and abuse.
On August 30th, 2013 Federal Judge Murray Snow announced in a court hearing that he will appoint a Federal monitor to oversee Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. Maricopa County, located in Arizona, is the home of the infamous Sherriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio’s office has been the subject of ongoing state and federal civil rights law suits. The most recent hearing was part of an on-going class action lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Arpaio. In earlier hearings Judge Snow ruled that Arpaio’s office had violated the civil rights of Arizona’s Latino population, by instituting policies which led to widespread targeting of citizens based on racial profiling…
Court documents filed by attorney’s from the Department of Justice cite pages of evidence of physical abuse, purposeful humiliation and unlawful detainment carried out by the Sheriff’s agents, against the Latino population. For example, the documents cite the case of a pregnant woman who was repeatedly slammed against a vehicle (stomach first) by law enforcement offices. A second describes how a father and his twelve-year-old son who were zip tied and forced to sit by the side of the road for an hour. Each of these targeted individuals were law-abiding citizens of the United States.
The appointment of a Federal Monitor will ensure that Maricopa County law enforcement personnel comply with United States law. Part of the monitor’s duties will be to oversee the training of law enforcement in regards to civil and constitutional rights.
Arpaio is screaming like a bad actress in a horror movie, of course. I can’t imagine why anyone would care. It’s about time someone seriously reined in that imperious dictator.