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DOJ: Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Discriminated Against Latinos

Posted on Dec 15, 2011
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In federal trouble: Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks in Phoenix in February.

Accounts of race-based biases and prejudiced policies have made Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio notorious in his home state of Arizona, but as of Thursday, Arpaio’s antics have earned him the wrong kind of attention from the Justice Department.  —KA


Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has engaged in systemic discrimination against Latinos with practices that violate federal law and the Constitution, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.

A comprehensive investigation found the practices include “unlawful stops, detentions and arrests of Latinos,” according to a Justice Department statement.

It also noted that the sheriff’s office has discriminated against “Latino inmates with limited English by punishing them and denying critical services.”

It further blames the office for allowing “specialized units to engage in unconstitutional practices” and for a lack of oversight and deputy training.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, December 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

POW… stronger words are always more sobering, thanks moonraven!!

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By moonraven, December 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment

Some screwy comments, folks.  hitting the Xmas sauce abit early?

Rodney, I would put it more strongly:  Gringos have been waging a genocidal war against all non-whites on the planet since they invaded this hemisphere.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, December 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

That’s right, Rodney…. some honorable mentions getting stomped on: Indians ( the real ones from India ), eastern Europeans ( not considered as ‘white’ as their western counterparts )... but we could go on and on…

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By moonraven, December 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

No shit, sherlocks!

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, December 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

Not to side-step the seriousness of this article’s topic… but I find it interesting that some high court judge says these violations of Arpaio’s office and department were unconstitutional… while the Constitution has been shredded like I do my IRS notices, unsecured debt ‘bills’ and other paper waste.

Could we get these same judges to go after the regime, the banksters and CONgress for passing NDAA recently and have them say the same thing?

Oh wait, sorry.. I forgot, it is a top-down justice system.. not among peers.  Sorry Arpaio, you’re just another scapegoat / burning man hypocritical nab in lieu of bigger criminals being brought to justice.

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By Rodney, December 16, 2011 at 6:02 am Link to this comment
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Latino’s are the newest group of folks white men
discriminate against. First it was the Native
Americans who they stole America from. Then it was
that 240 year of slavery and that 100 year Jim Crow
thing. In between we had a Chinese thing a Italian
thing and a World War two Japanese thing. So the new
group of people we discriminate against are the
Latino’s and people of Arab decent. American white
men have yet to find a race or culture that they love
to hate. Arabs are all terrorist and Latino’s are all
here illegally. It’s just American men being American
men. Mostly Republican men being American men. But
the women of other races get treated a little
differently. As long as they are willing to submit to
the sexual urges of the white man, they can get jobs
as maids and housekeepers. So what we have is just
another version of what we always had, the Arizona
sheriff as the new Bull Conner, Newt Gingrich as the
new George Wallace, and the Republican party as the
new KKK.

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By Maani, December 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

He discriminated against Latimos?!  In addition to failing to follow-up on sex crimes against women?!  Say it aint so, Joe!  We’re shocked - shocked! - by all this!

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By Blueokie, December 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment

News Flash: White Supremacist Reactionary Fascists Consider Minorities Sub- Human.

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