Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ACLU, and others, suing Sheriff Joe ...

The Feathered Bastard gets to the heart of the class action suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office [MCSO] by the Arizona ACLU, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, (MALDEF) and the Phoenix law firm Steptoe and Johnson with this terse paraphrase: " ... all Latinos targeted by the MCSO because their skin is brown."

Some of Sheriff Joe's accomplishments:
... A Mexican national in the country legally and with the papers to prove it is arrested and held for nine hours, before finally being released. Hispanic Americans are stopped and subjected to the sort of interrogation and humiliating treatment that their Anglo counterparts escape. In perhaps the most egregious example, a Hispanic American man is arrested and handcuffed in front of his family's auto repair shop, all because his sister was singing along to some Spanish music. A swarm of vindictive Sheriff's deputies surrounded the man with their weapons drawn, even though he's done absolutely nothing wrong. Ultimately, he's released without being cited.

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