By Brenda Norrell
PHOENIX -- The US Department of Justice has documented racial profiling against Latinos and unconstitutional policing by the Maricopa County Sheriff Department and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known as the most racist sheriff in America. In an internal letter to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department, the DOJ describes systematic racism and a failure to protect Arizona citizens.
The DOJ has listed a long list of crimes and civil rights violations by patrol officers and jail personnel. The DOJ describes the discirmination against Latinos and the racial supremacy that dominates Arizona police departments. The DOJ describes Maricopa County Sheriff supervisors who mock Latinos with cartoons.
While obsessed with racial discrimination, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department failed to properly investigate 432 sexual abuse and child molestation cases. The facts are stated in the DOJ's Dec. 15, 2011, internal letter.
The DOJ said inmates in Maricopa jails are punished because they do not understand English commands and Latinos are stopped at traffic stops four to nine times more frequently than non-Latinos.
The DOJ said the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has compromised its ability to protect its citizens.
However, after listing the crimes of Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department, it remains to be seen if this is just more US political grandstanding or whether Arpaio and the racist officers of Maricopa County will be prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
Will Arpaio and his officers receive the same cruel and unjust imprisonment they have delivered to people of color?
Read letter: http://cryptocomb.org/mcso_findletter.pdf