Thursday, June 7, 2012

The TOUGH Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona

Full Text of 32 Page Complaint before the US District Court for the District of Arizona
USDOJ Complaint Against MCSO Arpaio May 10, 2012


MCSO Complaint

 Paragraph 1. "Defendants MCSO and Arpaio pursue a pattern or practice of illegal retaliation against their perceived critics by subjecting them to baseless criminal actions, unfounded civil lawsuits, or meritless administrative actions." 

Paragraph 4.
The Defendants’ violations of the Constitution and laws of the United States are the product of a culture of disregard in MCSO for Latinos that starts at the top and pervades the organization. MCSO jail employees frequently refer to Latinos as “wetbacks,” “Mexican bitches,” and “stupid Mexicans.” "


Paragraph 64.
For example, an MCSO officer stopped a Latina woman – a citizen of the United States and five months pregnant at the time – as she pulled into her driveway. After she exited her car, the officer then insisted that she sit on the hood of the car. When she refused, the officer grabbed her arms, pulled them behind her back, and slammed her, stomach first, into the vehicle three times. He then dragged her to the patrol car and shoved her into the backseat. He left her in the patrol car for approximately 30 minutes without air conditioning. The MCSO officer ultimately issued a citation for failure to provide identification. This citation was later changed to failure to provide proof of insurance. The citation was resolved when the woman provided her proof of insurance to the local court.

Paragraph 104.
In a nationally televised interview in 2009, Arpaio stated: 'They hate me, the Hispanic community, because they’re afraid they’re going to be arrested.  And they’re all leaving town, so I think we’re doing something good, if they’re leaving.' "

Paragraph 107 
"For example, Arpaio received a letter stating '[i]f you have dark skin, then you have dark skin. Unfortunately, that is the look of the Mexican illegals who are here illegally. . . I’m begging you to come over . . . and round them all up.'  
Arpaio labeled the letter as “intelligence," forwarded it to his Deputy Chief of Enforcement Operations and told the Deputy Chief to '[h]ave someone handle this.' " 

Twisted - Obstinate - Ugly - Grandstanding - Hateful
The TOUGH Sheriff of Maricopa County, J. Arpaio

National Public Radio
July 25 Report from Melendres v. Arpaio

February 7, 2012 Memoradum to the US Department of Justice

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