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Federal Court Rules Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Violated U.S. Constitution

Federal Court Rules Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Violated U.S. Constitution | Civil Rights | Scoop.it

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio relied on racial profiling and illegal detentions to target Latinos, a federal district court said today. The ruling comes following a three-week trial in July and August over a pattern of unlawful practices by Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on immigration sweeps and traffic stops.

 

"This is a victory for everyone," said Cecillia Wang, director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. "Singling people out for traffic stops and detentions because they are Latino is unconstitutional and just plain un-American. Let this be a warning to any agency trying to enforce the 'show me your papers' provision of SB 1070 and similar laws — there is no exception in the Constitution for immigration enforcement."

 

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arizona, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and the law firm Covington & Burling LLP represented a class of Latino residents and a Latino community organization, Somos America.

 

On Sept. 25, a federal appeals court confirmed that Arpaio's office cannot detain people solely on the suspicion that they are undocumented by refusing to reverse a lower court's ruling. Today, U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow issued a decision in Melendres v. Arpaio that found the policies and practices of Arpaio and his office are discriminatory, violate the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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A Message from the Attorney General on the 49th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 « Office of Public Affairs

A Message from the Attorney General on the 49th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 « Office of Public Affairs | Civil Rights | Scoop.it
The Official Blog of the United States Department of Justice (RT @TheJusticeDept: A Message from the Attorney General on the 49th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 http://t.co/pARte5bOrf)...
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