Arpaio files appeal in racial profiling case

June 21, 2013

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is fighting back against a judge’s ruling that his agency engaged in racial profiling. 

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has long been accused of targeting Latino drivers. Last month, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled Sheriff Arpaio’s officers singled out Latinos in immigration patrols, and that deputies held Latinos who were pulled over for unreasonable lengths of time. The decision came more than eight months after a week-long bench trial in Phoenix.

Friday, Arpaio’s lawyers filed a notice of appeal with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They list seven specific issues in Snow’s May 24 ruling the Sheriff’s Office takes issue with.

The plaintiffs who faced off against Arpaio want a court-appointed monitor to make sure the MCSO follows Snow’s order to stop profiling Latinos, a move the Sheriff has strongly resisted.

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