Arpaio under Federal investigation

10 Mar 2009 11:15 pm
Posted by: Donna

I just got a copy of a letter to Sheriff Arpaio by Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King.   She informs him that her office is investigating him for:

“alleged patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures conducted by the MCSO, and on allegations of national origin discrimination, including failure to provide meaningful access to MSO services for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals.”

She (tactfully) assures him that:

“We believe that you and other MCSO officials want to operate the MCSO consistent with the requirements of the Constitution and federal law.”  

 I’m so sure they do.

She promises that the investigation will:

“consider all relevant information, particularly the efforts the MCSO has undertaken to ensure compliance with federal law.” 

That shouldn’t take too long.

Oh my, it looks like the Feds are going to be guiding Arpaio’s hand:  

“We also will offer to provide recommendations on ways to improve practices and procedures, as appropriate.  Provided the MCSO cooperates fully with our investigation, if we conclude that there are not systemic violations of constitutional or other federal rights, we will notify you that we are closing the investigation.  If, on the other hand we conclude there are such violations, we will inform you of the findings and attempt to work with the MCSO to remedy any such violations.”

King goes on to very politely inform Arpaio that the Feds are well equipped to deal with the likes of podunk potentates such as him:  

“Our enforcement of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 has involved a variety of state and local law enforcement agencies, both large and small, in jurisdictions such as New York, California, New Jersey, Georgia, the District of Columbia, and Ohio.  In nearly fifteen years of enforcing this statute, the good faith efforts of state and local jurisdictions working with us have enabled us routinely to resolve our claims without resorting to contested litigation.  We have had similar success addressing claims of national origin discrimination under Title VI and the Safe Streets Act.  We encourage the MCSO to cooperate with our investigation and can assure you that we will seek to minimize any potential disruption our efforts may have on the operations of the MCSO.  Our Special Litigation Section will be handling the investigation in cooperation with the Coordination and Review Section and will contact your office to discuss the next steps…”

Copied to Andrew Thomas, Max Wilson, and Judge Diane Humetewa

1 Comment(s)

  1. Comment by Eli_Blake on March 12, 2009 6:03 pm

    I will never understand why the voters in Maricopa county continue to elect a grandstanding sadist who has failed to do his real job to control crime, and who regularly wastes tons of cash including on lawyers (and losing half of those cases anyway and having to pay out our money in damages.)

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