Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio's racial profiling trial will begin as scheduled on Thursday, July 19. Profiling lawsuit against Arpaio set for July 19 | Arizona Capitol Times:
The lawsuit alleges that officers based some traffic stops on the race of people in the vehicles and made the stops so they could inquire about their immigration status.
Arpaio denies the racial profiling allegation, saying people pulled over in the sweeps were approached because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes.
During the patrols known as sweeps, deputies flood an area of a city — in some cases, heavily Latino areas — over several days to seek out traffic violators and arrest other offenders.
Illegal immigrants accounted for 57 percent of the 1,500 people arrested in the 20 sweeps conducted by his office since January 2008, according to figures provided by Arpaio’s office.
The people who filed the lawsuit aren’t seeking damages and instead want Arpaio to enact changes to guard against what they said is discriminatory policing at his agency. Still, the plaintiff attorneys can seek reimbursement for their time and costs if they win.
Putting the emphasis on the "crazy" in Crazy Uncle Joe, Arpaio has called a press conference this week for his Cold Case Posse "Birther" conspiracy. Given that this investigation is run by Mike Zullo and Jerome Corsi who write material for the wingnut conspiracy central World Net Daily, what's next? Is President Obama the love child of a space alien from Planet Kolob? Arpaio is wasting public tax money on this tabloid trash. Arpaio using deputy to help in Obama birth investigation.
Joe Arpaio disgraces his office and is an embarrassment to all the dedicated law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line in service to the public. Joe Arpaio is a clown who only serves his enormous ego and constant need for public attention. The voters of the state of Maricopa need to pull their heads out of their asses and vote this embarrassing clown out of office.