Fascism is the union of government with private business against the People.
"To The States, or any one of them, or to any city of The States: Resist much, Obey little; Once unquestioning obedience, at once fully enslaved; Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city, ever afterward resumes its liberty." from "Caution" by Walt Whitman

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011-12-15 "Sheriff Joe’s Culture of Bias" by Jessica Pieklo
Today the Department of Justice released its findings from a three-year probe of controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio [http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/December/11-crt-1645.html]. Their conclusion: Arpaio “promoted a culture of bias” against Latinos the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
That culture of bias went beyond simply softly focusing resources on pursuing Latinos. Racial profiling became official policy. Sheriff Jo communicated to officers that “biased policing would not only be tolerated, but encouraged” and that amounted to a “pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing.”
Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, the head of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division told reporters in a conference call on Thursday morning the department’s findings were unique because they reflect just how entrenched the Arpaio mindset is in the office.
The 22-page report is made up of interviews with over 400 individuals, including Sheriff Joe himself, reviews of tens of thousands of pages of evidence, tours of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office jails and the work of four leading police practice experts.
Among the most disturbing findings were incidents where Sheriff Joe would receive a racially-charged constituent letter and make notes on it indicating support of that belief. Investigation officers found that MCSO detention officers frequently called Latinos “wetbacks,” and “stupid Mexicans” (there were other, more obscene and offensive names used as well).
Perez said that he is hopeful that despite Arpaio’s refusal to cooperate with much of the investigation the civil matter can be settled without litigation. Arpaio still faces the possibility of related criminal charges and is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona.

2011-12-06 "Sheriff Joe Failed To Investigate Over 400 Sex Crimes, Including Molestations Of Undocumented Children" by ThinkProgress

No comments:

Post a Comment