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Sheriff Joe Testifies in Racial Profiling Case

July 24, 2012  | 

Image courtesy of ACLU.
Image courtesy of ACLU.

Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio defended his suppression sweeps and immigration enforcement practices in court today, testifying that he doesn't arrest people "because of the color of their skin."

Sheriff Arpaio was called to testify in a Phoenix courtroom in a civil trial alleging he has engaged in racially motivated policing.

On Tuesday, he was asked about a statement in which he called undocumented immigrants "dirty," reports the Associated Press.

Arpaio said the proper context was needed to understand that statement, adding that if a person were to cross the border on foot over four days in the desert that person "could be dirty. That's the context on how I used that word."

The trial stems from a class-action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which claims Sheriff Arpaio "acted on racially charged citizen complaints and requests for operations that he forwarded to his senior staff." The complaints criticized people based on "little more than the color of their skin or the fact that they were speaking Spanish," according to an ACLU statement.

Related:

Sheriff Joe May Testify In Racial Profiling Trial

Feds Sue Sheriff Arpaio, Claiming Discrimination Against Hispanics

Judge Warns Both Sides to Stay Current in Sheriff Joe Profiling Case


Comments (5)

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Tom Ret @ 7/24/2012 8:39 PM

If anyone should be able to sue, it should be Sheriff Joe and Arizona against the feds for their failure to enforce the immigration laws and securing the border.

Deputy KY @ 7/24/2012 8:46 PM

Answer me this why does not these states sue the president the attn. general etc. of the USA because they are not enforcing the laws on immigration and not allowing theses states to protect their citizens

Police Chief @ 7/25/2012 7:36 AM

If I only enforced the laws i wanted to in the city i work I would not be a chief very long the goverment should enfroce the law in Az.

I believed the Federal Goverment has a solgan "THE RULE OF LAW NOT MAN"

chuck @ 7/25/2012 10:37 PM

I support you 100% sheriff. Get them the hell out of this country

FORMER LE @ 8/7/2012 6:58 AM

Sheriff: Maybe if we had more like you leading there would be a lot more respect for the field. Good work, STAY SAFE.

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