Posted in Arizona, DOJ, Joe Arpaio, tagged civil rights abuses, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin, DOJ, DOJ’s investigation, Joe Arpaio, Justice Department, Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, MCSO on February 3, 2012|
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The Justice Department has written a very pointed letter to a lawyer for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, telling him that they’ll sue Maricopa County Sheriffs Office very soon unless they go forward with negotiations to settle issues regarding the office’s alleged pattern of civil rights abuses.
DOJ and MCSO officials are supposed to meet on Feb. 6, but Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin wrote in a letter to Arpaio’s lawyer on Thursday that if the purpose of the meeting “is solely for you to tell us in person that you do not agree with our findings, there is no reason for us to meet.”
An extensive investigation by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division found that Arpaio had “promoted a culture of bias” within MCSO. Arpaio’s team has been disputing their findings and Arpaio has said the probe is all just part of the Obama administration’s re-election bid even though the investigation began during the Bush administration.
DOJ’s letter said they were not willing to debate their findings with Apraio’s office.
“Your letter suggests an unwillingness to resolve this matter though a negotiated settlement — a position which makes litigation inevitable in the very near term,” Austin wrote. DOJ’s letter was in response to a letter Arpaio’s lawyer sent Wednesday which again disputed the conclusions of DOJ’s investigation.
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Justice Department Sues Sheriff Joe For Not Cooperating With Investigation
Ryan J. Reilly | September 2, 2010, 12:33PM
The Justice Department on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona for refusing to fully cooperate with the department’s investigation of alleged national origin discrimination in the course of immigration enforcement.
DOJ has been looking into whether Arpaio is in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act since March 2009. The controversial Arpaio passed a deadline last month to provide DOJ with the documents they requested, and his lawyer met with DOJ last week.
The Justice Department said at the time it was “hopeful” that Arpaio would cooperate following the meeting, but in a statement said on Thursday that it had “[exhausted] all cooperative measures” to gain access to the requested documents and facilities.
DOJ is unaware of any other police department of sheriff’s office that has refused to cooperate with an investigation in the past 30 years, making Maricopa County “an extreme outlier,” said the department.
“The actions of the sheriff’s office are unprecedented. It is unfortunate that the department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities,” Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, said in a statement.
Arpaio’s lawyer Robert Driscoll, when reached by TPM, said he was still reviewing the filing and had no comment.
DOJ’s lawsuit is embedded below.
DOJ Complaint Against Arpaio
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Arpaio Slams Mexican Tourism Ad That Appears To Reference Immigration Law
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is up-in-arms about an unusual newspaper ad placed by the Mexican Tourist Board, which appears to reference Arizona’s controversial new immigration law.
The ad, which ran Friday in the Arizona Republic, declares: “In Sonora, we are looking for people from Arizona.” Below those words is a picture of a man in what looks like a military helmet, holding binoculars to his face.
Arpaio, the hard-line Maricopa County lawman, has urged people to call the Mexican tourist board and ask what the ad means. “Are you going to racial profile me in Mexico, am I going to jail for two years in Mexico for violating the immigration laws in Mexico, will I be safe in Mexico,” he asked.
The Mexican tourist board, Visit Mexico, did not immediately respond to TPMmuckraker’s request for comment on the ad. But it would appear to reference Arizona’s harsh new immigration law, which has been condemned both by President Obama and Mexican president Felipe Calderon. Arpaio is a supporter of the law.
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Posted in immigration, Protests, Sheriff Arpaio, tagged Arizona Politics, Arizona Sheriff, Arpaio, Arpaio Protest, Illegal Immigrants, Joe Arpaio, Joe Arpaio Arizona Sheriff, Protests, Sheriff Arpaio, Sheriff Joe Arpaio on January 17, 2010|
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Thousands protest sheriff’s immigration efforts
Via Raw Story- By The Associated Press
Saturday, January 16th, 2010 — 10:31 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Ten thousand immigrant rights advocates marched in front of a county jail in Phoenix Saturday in a protest that was aimed at Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration efforts and was marked by a clash between a small group of protesters and police officers.
Organizers say the protest was meant to show officials in Washington that Arpaio shouldn’t handle immigration enforcement, and that Congress and the Obama administration need to come up with a way for immigrant workers to come to the country legally.
The three-mile walk that started in a west Phoenix park ended by afternoon at the Durango Jail Complex, a collection of five jails, where officials played music, including a record by singer Linda Ronstadt, to drown out noise made by protesters. Ronstadt took part in Saturday’s protest.
Protesters chanted “Joe must go” as they approached the jail complex. One person carried a sign that said “We are human” and bore a picture of a lawman with a wolf’s face. A family of five wore T-shirts saying “Who would Jesus deport?”
For his part, Arpaio said he wasn’t bothered by the protesters and that they should be directing their frustrations at Congress because it has the power to change America’s immigration laws.
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