MCSO doing crime-suppression sweep today

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doing another one of his controversial crime-suppression sweeps – the first since a judge ruled that MCSO engaged in racial profiling.

MCSO Sgt. Brandon Jones said the sweep will be in Southwest Phoenix. There will be a press briefing about the operation at 5 p.m.

MCSO has staged 20 crime-suppression sweeps since 2008, but this will be the first such operation since a judge ordered an independent monitor be appointed to oversee the retraining of Arpaio’s deputies and ensure that MCSO is complying with constitutional requirements.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow found in May that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio singled out Latinos and deputies unreasonably prolonged detentions.

Earlier this month the judge ordered the monitor, as well as the creation of a community advisory board meant to help restore the public’s confidence in MCSO and its leader. Snow also set up restrictions on where MCSO focuses its patrols, which, until now, had been in predominantly Latino neighborhoods.

The judge's order also mandates that the sheriff's office install audio and video recording devices in patrol vehicles and requires deputies to notify dispatch of the reason they are making a traffic stop prior to contacting the vehicle's driver "unless exigent circumstances make it unsafe or impracticable."