Bill Montgomery responds to racial profiling ruling
The top prosecutor in Maricopa County claims the recent finding by a federal judge that the county sheriff's office engaged in racial profiling against Latinos won't impact his office's activities.
Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery held a press conference Thursday and responded to questions about the recent racial profiling ruling. (Photo by Jude Joffe-Block-KJZZ)
Bill Montgomery said cases involving arrests of unauthorized immigrants on state charges already go through a review.
"We have been looking very carefully at submittals involving human smuggling and employment related fraud cases to ensure that they pass constitutional muster. For all those cases we have been handling, not a single one has been dismissed by a court because there was no probable cause for the arrest," Montgomery said.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has instructed his officers to no longer detain people for the sole reason that they may be in the country illegally.