Arpaio defiant over appointment of monitor in racial profiling lawsuitPosted: Updated:
An Arizona sheriff's office found to have racially profiled Latinos is opposing the appointment of an independent monitor to help remedy the issue.
The move disclosed in a court filing Friday could result in a judge ordering the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department to comply with constitutional requirements.
Arizona Hispanic activists held a news conference Friday night on the pleadings filed by both parties in the Melendres' racial profiling lawsuit in U.S. District Court.
The plaintiffs are asking for limits on questioning MCSO does during traffic stops. They're asking MCSO to collect data on assumed ethnicity and outcomes during traffic stops and put audio and video recorders on all traffic patrols to monitor them. MCSO said that's a budget question for the county.
They're pushing for MCSO deputies to go through 12 hours of anti-bias training and eight hours of Fourth Amendment training. MCSO said they didn't oppose the training but said it's too many hours.
MCSO said they do not want an independent monitor to be appointed, and say any monitor should not have authority over the sheriff.
In May, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow found that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office singled out Latinos, and that deputies unreasonably prolonged detentions, marking the first finding by a court that the agency engages in racial profiling.
Arpaio's office is appealing.
Snow delayed issuing orders in the case in June after both parties indicated they wanted time to work toward an agreement.
The joint filing on Friday indicated the judge would have to provide more guidance during an Aug. 30 status conference given the lack of agreement on a proposed consent decree.
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