Maricopa County Sheriff Violated U.S. Constitution
Joe Arpaio, the Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, and his office violated the U.S. Constitution through his enforcement policies for Immigration. Arpaio violated the U.S. Constitution through his use of racial profiling, ruled a federal judge.
For many years, Sheriff Arpaio had ordered deputies to stop people they suspect could be living in the U.S. illegally and then hold them for the federal authorities.
On Friday, the ruling was issued by Judge G. Murray Snow. It comes as part of the lawsuit that was brought against Arpaio and his sheriff’s department on behalf of many Hispanic plaintiffs who has asserted that race had been the major factor in Arpaio’s office initiating their immigration stops.
Judge Snow wrote in his decision that the practices of the sheriff did rely heavily upon race, which violated the 4th and 14th amendments of the Constitution. Unreasonable search and seizure is guarded by the 4th Amendment and the rights of U.S. Citizens are cemented by the 14th Amendment.
The Sheriff’s Office would comply with the ruling by the judge but will seek an appeal, said Tim Casey their attorney.
Maricopa County consists of Phoenix, one of Arizona’s largest cities and has a substantial Hispanic population.
Many of the actions by the sheriff, Snow took issue with. Snow noted that the county’s deputies frequented places that day laborers gathered at. In labor sweeps Snow cited that none of the people who had been arrested was detained for local or state laws and all 35 were passengers in stopped vehicles not the vehicle’s drivers.
Arpaio has been barred by Snow from arresting, stopping or detaining Hispanics in vehicles, just because they might be illegally in the U.S.