PHOENIX (AP) -- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will hold a series of community meetings on Dec. 21 in connection with a court case in which the agency was found to have systematically racially profiled Latinos during its patrols.
The meetings were ordered by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow in what the judge said was an effort to rebuild public confidence in the agency.
Snow ruled in late May that the agency systematically singled out Latinos in its regular traffic and special immigration patrols. Snow later ordered the appointment of an independent monitor to ensure that the agency isn't making unconstitutional arrests.
The agency says it's not yet known whether Sheriff Joe Arpaio will attend the meetings in Sun Lakes, Avondale, Sun City, Cave Creek, Queen Creek, Fountain Hills and Mesa.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office community meetings
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will be holding community meetings regarding crime suppression operations and subsequent court requested changes to policy and procedures. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will hold its first community outreach meetings on Saturday December 21, 2013 at 9:30am in all patrol districts throughout the county. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend. The purpose of these meetings is to answer, where possible, public questions or concerns about the Sheriff’s Office patrol operations, to outline the changes to patrol policy regarding traffic stops and to inform the public of the upcoming changes to policy, training, data collection and records management. English and Spanish-speaking Sheriff’s personnel will be present and available to answer questions from the public.
Meetings will be held at the following locations:
District 1: 9531 East Riggs Road, Sun Lakes
District 2: 920 East Van Buren, Avondale 85323
District 3:Sun City: 10831 Sunland Drive 85351, Sun City Posse Building
District 4:Cave Creek: Cave Creek Town Hall, 37622 N. Cave Creek Rd 85331
District 6:Queen Creek: Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd 85142
District 7:Fountain Hills: Ftn. Hills Community center, 13001 N. La Montana Dr. 85268
Lakes: 7307 North Bush Highway, Mesa AZ 85215