Ten Most Disturbing Anti-Latino Practices Described By DOJ's Lawsuit Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

ProudProgressive 2012/05/11 01:36:22
Now that the United States Department of Justice has once again lived up to its name and filed suit against Arizona's favorite racist thug, Joe Arpaio, I thought it would be appropriate to look at just how corrupt this ignorant bigot actually is. No amount of delusional birther distractions will save Sheriff Joe this time, and if there truly is still justice in this great nation, he will be spending a very long time in a nice little room with a lock on the door.

Article excerpt follows:

Ten Most Disturbing Anti-Latino Practices Described By DOJ's Lawsuit Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio
By Ian Millhiser
May 10, 2012

Earlier today, the Department of Justice filed a formal legal complaint against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) alleging widespread constitutional violations and lawless mistreatment of Latinos. According to the complaint, Arpaio and his staff engaged in widespread, violent and demeaning mistreatment of Latino residents of Maricopa County, often targeting individuals solely because of their race:

Forcing Women To Sleep In Their Own Menstrual Blood: In Arpaio's jails, "female Latino LEP prisoners have been denied basic sanitary items. In some instances, female Latino LEP prisoners have been forced to remain with sheets or pants soiled from menstruation because of MCSO's failure to ensure that detention officers provide language assistance in such circumstances."

Assaulting Pregnant Women: "[A]n 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."

Stalking Latino Women: "In another instance, during a crime suppression operation, two MCSO officers followed a Latina woman, a citizen of the United States, for a quarter of a mile to her home. The officers did not turn on their emergency lights, but insisted that the woman remain in her car when she attempted to exit the car and enter her home. The officers' stated reasons for approaching the woman was a non-functioning license plate light. When the woman attempted to enter her home, the officers used force to take her to the ground, kneed her in the back, and handcuffed her. The woman was then taken to an MCSO substation, cited for ‘disorderly conduct,' and returned home. The disorderly conduct citation was subsequently dismissed."

Criminalizing Being A Latino: "During raids, [Arpaio's Criminal Enforcement Squad] typically seizes all Latinos present, whether they are listed on the warrant or not. For example, in one raid CES had a search warrant for 67 people, yet 109 people were detained. Fifty-nine people were arrested and 50 held for several hours before they were released. Those detained, but not on the warrant, were seized because they were Latino and present at the time of the raid. No legal justification existed for their detention."

Criminalizing Living Next To The Wrong People: "[D]uring a raid of a house suspected of containing human smugglers and their victims . . . officers went to an adjacent house, which was occupied by a Latino family. The officers entered the adjacent house and searched it, without a warrant and without the residents' knowing consent. Although they found no evidence of criminal activity, after the search was over, the officers zip-tied the residents, a Latino man, a legal permanent resident of the United States, and his 12-year-old Latino son, a citizen of the United States, and required them to sit on the sidewalk for more than one hour, along with approximately 10 persons who had been seized from the target house, before being released"

Ignoring Rape: Because of Arpaio's obsessive focus on "low-level immigration offenses" his officers failed "to adequately respond to reports of sexual violence, including allegations of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse of girls."

Widespread Use Of Racial Slurs: "MCSO personnel responsible for prisoners held in MCSO jails routinely direct racial slurs toward Latino prisoners, including calling Latino prisoners ‘paisas,' ‘wetbacks,' ‘Mexican bitches,' ‘fucking Mexicans,' and ‘stupid Mexicans.'"

Widespread Racial Profiling: "[I]n the southwest portion of the County, the study found that Latino drivers are almost four times more likely to be stopped by MCSO officers than non-Latino drivers engaged in similar conduct. . . . In the northwest portion of the County, the study found that Latino drivers are over seven times more likely to be stopped by MCSO officers than non-Latino drivers engaged in similar conduct. . . . Most strikingly, in the northeast portion of the County, the study found that Latino drivers are nearly nine times more likely to be stopped by MCSO officers than non-Latino drivers engaged in similar conduct."

Random, Unlawful Detention Of Latinos: "MCSO officers stopped a car carrying four Latino men, although the car was not violating any traffic laws. The MCSO officers ordered the men out of the car, zip-tied them, and made them sit on the curb for an hour before releasing all of them. The only reason given for the stop was that the men's car ‘was a little low,' which is not a criminal or traffic violation."

Group Punishments For Latinos: "In some instances, when a Latino [Low English Proficiency] prisoner has been unable to understand commands given in English, MCSO detention officers have put an entire area of the jail in lockdown—effectively preventing all the prisoners in that area from accessing a number of privileges because of the Latino LEP prisoner's inability to understand English, inciting hostility toward the LEP prisoner, and potentially placing MCSO officers and other prisoners in harm's way."

Read More: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/05/10/482323...

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  • vis_viva 2012/06/15 00:08:10
  • Dzeeng 2012/05/11 07:58:15
    in Mexico to be goin on ,it's simple horrible
  • addie 2012/05/11 07:20:17
  • MichaelJ 2012/05/11 02:42:07
  • Schläue~© MichaelJ 2012/05/11 03:06:16
    Did you really mean Allen West or Adam West?
  • MichaelJ Schläue~© 2012/05/11 12:37:25
    No! I meant Allen West. He knows exactly what kind of man we have as President and believe he would put his heart and soul into trying to convey the corruption and hypocrisy.
  • JanHopkins MichaelJ 2012/05/11 03:52:43
    Don't touch that dial!
  • Cheetah MichaelJ 2012/05/11 12:29:52
  • Cheetah 2012/05/11 02:30:05
  • CA Gal 2012/05/11 02:26:19
    CA Gal
    It's quite apparent Joe Arpaio wants to rid his county of all Latino's....my question is, who are the people that keep re-electing him? He's been re-elected 5 times!! The people voting for him are just as guilty as he and his officers are.
  • addie CA Gal 2012/05/11 07:35:49
    Either he is targeting Latinos because that is a disliked group, in particular there, or people are reading things the way they want to or phrasing things the way that suits them. Hispanic women are not sleeping in bloody sheets because of a language barrior. That is idiotic. Two men that spoke different languages could describe a freakin' tampon. It is more likely he only allows the prisoners one or two tampons a day, or something insane like that--I am not saying don't hate him, I just do not see racism specifically againt latinos. I have been trying to, but i can't.
  • CA Gal addie 2012/05/11 16:10:35
    CA Gal
    The tampon information was only a fraction of the information posted....there's much more going on there than just that.
  • addie CA Gal 2012/05/11 20:55:33
    Yeah, it was an example of the misrepresentation..
  • CA Gal addie 2012/05/11 21:55:36
    CA Gal
    "Small example of the misrepresentation" of a much larger problem!
  • addie CA Gal 2012/05/11 23:38:03
    Right, I picked one thing as an example of the rest. Foreign concept to you?
  • CA Gal addie 2012/05/12 01:43:44
    CA Gal
    Not a foreign concept...just a silly one. I choose to look at the whole picture. After all, that's the intelligent way to approach any subject.
  • Schläue~© 2012/05/11 02:22:07
    If this is the best they had to augment their 'case'..... they're in BIG trouble.
    Half of these instances are 100% justified for the given scenarios.
    The other half would show as similar incidents that occur in County Jails and when serving multiple warrants across the U.S. on a daily basis and have nothing to do with race, creed or color.
  • CA Gal Schläue~© 2012/05/11 02:30:27
    CA Gal
    They are only justified in the eyes of other racists. People like myself who are not racists find this behavior indefensible! Did you read the items listed above? Latinos were stopped and hassled for no other reason than being Latino!! That's complete BS!! He is in big trouble cause the majority of the country know this kind of behavior is unacceptable. Although people such as yourself may do their best to protect him, the rest of us will not let him get away with it.
  • Schläue~© CA Gal 2012/05/11 02:46:58
  • CA Gal Schläue~© 2012/05/11 02:53:25 (edited)
    CA Gal
    Like I said....it's justified only to another racist. Non-racists see it in it's true light. I'm sorry if you don't get it but it's as simple as that.
  • Schläue~© CA Gal 2012/05/11 03:01:58
    No, what's crystal clear is that you bought into a poorly written cherry-picked list over several years time that represents a small fraction of daily events and doesn't even supply 2% of all the details.
  • CA Gal Schläue~© 2012/05/11 03:10:40
    CA Gal
    You're from Germany and still defending racism...what a joke! Would you care to discuss the 12 million Jews your country slaughtered? Because of racism, Germans all joined in and helped in the process. You of all people should not be justifying racism. You have no voice on the subject as far as I'm concerned.
  • Schläue~© CA Gal 2012/05/11 03:27:09 (edited)
    Derrr ...... I'm a natural born U.S. citizen working in Germany. (ever hear of an new fangled contraption called an airplane?)

    My ancestors were German citizens, not Nazi's, which would be the people you are referring to.

    Is there anything else I can help your ASSuming, slightly amusing small mind with while you cram both feet down your throat?
  • CA Gal Schläue~© 2012/05/11 05:21:08
    CA Gal
    Regardless...you being in Germany, the scene of such horrific, racist crimes AND being a U.S. Citizen, you should fully realize the dangers of racism. Apparently you've learned NOTHING from history. To be soooo arrogant and soooo ignorant at the same time is amazing. If you cannot see Arpaio's deeds as mean and something to be rebuked, you are part of the problem. I pity you.
  • addie Schläue~© 2012/05/11 07:28:22
    Ignoriing the systamtic mistreatment of Jews before the war, If your folks were in Germany during WW2 and were not Jews, they were forced to sign a membership thing, to the Nazi Party. If they didn't they would have been arrested so I am guessing they were Nazis, or did they go underground and fight or something noble like that? Nevermind, you go on with your discussion.
  • Schläue~© addie 2012/05/11 14:06:35 (edited)
    I said my ANCESTORS, meaning people who were born in Germany long before WW I and migrated in the 1800's, shortly after the Civil War.
    My grandparents were all born in the USA and even the generations who stayed in Europe had nothing to do with the Nazi party or share their views.

    Schools in the U.S. have painted every German citizen as being members of the Reich which couldn't be further from the truth.
    Nor were they all part of some underground covert group, rather hid out in the countryside, going on with their lives the best they could and tried to ride it out.
    You laid low, didn't stir up any trouble and hoped you didn't get blown to bits. Most had no idea what was going on in the camps or that they even existed.
    Heck, the coalition forces didn't even have a grasp on it until the Reich began to crumble and the camps were discovered.
    They were occupied, by the very same regime we were trying to put down. The public school system in the U.S. is pathetic.
  • CHUCK 2012/05/11 02:15:38
  • ProudPr... CHUCK 2012/05/11 02:16:54
    So you're a bigot too? I'm genuinely surprised you would admit that.
  • CHUCK ProudPr... 2012/05/11 02:24:18


    THE ZIMMERMAN CASE??????????

  • Larry 2012/05/11 01:41:22
    He is a hero, I'd vote for him if I could.
  • ProudPr... Larry 2012/05/11 01:46:59
    He is a thug, a racist, and a criminal.

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