Sheriff Joe on Trial

New York Times, July 15, 2012

Five years after he started “crime suppression” sweeps that terrorized Latino neighborhoods across Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is finally having to explain himself. {snip}

The trial in Melendres v. Arpaio, a class-action civil-rights lawsuit, is scheduled to begin Thursday in Federal District Court in Phoenix. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, accuse the sheriff of waging an all-out, unlawful campaign of discrimination and harassment against Latinos and those who look like them.

They say the sheriff and his deputies—aided by ad hoc civilian “posses,” anonymous phone tipsters, even motorcycle gangs—made illegal stops, searches and arrests, staged wrongful neighborhood and workplace raids, and provoked widespread fear among citizens, legal residents and undocumented immigrants alike.

One plaintiff, Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, is a Mexican citizen who had a valid visa when Sheriff Arpaio’s deputies arrested him in 2007. He said he was handcuffed and held for hours, not read his rights or allowed a phone call, or told why he had been arrested. Two other plaintiffs, Velia Meraz and Manuel Nieto, were accosted by deputies at gunpoint during a neighborhood sweep, for no explained reason. They are citizens.

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This case is only the first of what is likely to be a string of civil rights challenges against immigration actions in Arizona. A civil lawsuit, brought by the Justice Department, accusing Sheriff Arpaio of systematic and widespread civil rights abuses, is moving through the courts.

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  • anarchyst

    Mr. Melindres’ detention was a set-p to provoke a lawsuit.  The same situation existed with Ms. Rosa Parks when she refused to give up her seat on a bus . . .

  • This article is dateline two days before Sheriff Joe’s presser about Obama’s questionable birth certificate.  You don’t think this well timed, do you?

    My take on the B/C is that he was born in Hawaii but he’s covering up something else.  My take on his transcripts is that he won’t release them not for poor grades, but for fluffy duff basket weaving course titles.

    • IF he was born in Hawaii, I was born on Jupiter. Also, you cannot release that which does not exist.

    • anarchyst

      The o’bama received scholarships available only to “foreign” students . . . his social security number and draft registration is suspect and does not belong to him . . . he travelled to parts of the world that were off-limits to Americans while using an Indonesian passport . . . with no physical means of financial support.
      The State of Hawai’i will issue a “birth certificate” to anyone (not just citizens or those born in Hawai’i) but those who are landed in Hawai’i.
      The o’bama was born in Kenya and is a muslim.  If he renounces his islamic faith, he is “apostate” and subject to terminal sanction under islamic law.

    • Major

      Yea…being an active “chooming” cocaine dealer and substance abuser ( read his bio ) doesn’t leave much time to purse true academics. At least not while the “brother” is busy dealing coke to the white boy frats.

  • Larssonenar

    It is unbelievable to me how within hours of SCOTUS ruling that Arizona has a constitutional right to force its LEO’s to check immigration status, Obama announces that his administration will not answer Arizona’s calls, will not work with Arizona at all on deportation, and will instead set up a hotline for the professionally offended to complain about being harassed. Then, two days later, SCOTUS rules Obamacare constitutional and within hours Obama declares that the highest court in the land has deemed the law legit so it is his presidential duty to enforce it.

    In his dissenting opinion on the Arizona case, Scalia lambastes the government and the court for effectively ending the Republic. He argues that the U.S. has always been considered a republic composed of sovereign states, that the most basic right of sovereignty is to decide who can and who cannot come into the state, and that by giving such a right exclusively to the federal government, the court has dissolved the U.S. The opinion is well worth reading and should become a rallying cry for conservatives.

  • bluffcreek1967

    The NY Times describes Sheriff Arpaio’s crime suppression attempts as “sweeps that terrorized Latino neighborhoods” which immediately reveals their bias (no surprise there!). But even if Mexicans feel “terrorized” by the good Sheriff’s actions, I’m glad for it and I will lose no sleep over it. These people have brazenly violated our laws, and they repeatedly cause more crime than we can even handle. They place enormous economic problems on our border States, and fill our cities with their “cholo” lifestyle. They also take jobs from Americans and help burden our Welfare system. 

    One further point. The article claims, among other things, that Melendres was not read his rights or even told why he was arrested. I don’t believe this for one minute. I’m quite sure the deputies informed him why he was arrested and on what basis. More than likely, Melendres was informed immediately, but probably argued with the deputies. They probably got tired of telling him and finally just ignored him after the tenth time. Law enforcement officers don’t just point a gun at someone, place them in handcuffs, seat them in a patrol car, transport them to the county jail and NEVER say a word about why the person was arrested the entire time!

    Moreover, the deputies were not required to read Melendres the Miranda admonition if they were not going to question him about the facts of the case. Miranda requires BOTH custody and interrogation. Contrary to Hollywood’s popular image of an arrest where people are immediately read their rights upon being handcuffed, law enforcement officers are only required to read the Miranda admonition if they intend to question them about the case. Thus, the officer can place someone under arrest, tell them why they were arrested, and haul their butts to jail without ever reading them their Miranda rights.   

    • Major

      “Law enforcement officers don’t just point a gun at someone, place them in handcuffs, seat them in a patrol car..”

      Unlike Mexican…errr..”cops”. ( Corrupt  extornishists )

  • IF the poor old Mexicans feel so “terrorized” they can always return to Mexico, where they are 100% citizens.  

    • The__Bobster

      Actually, Mejico doesn’t want them back.

      http://www.vdare.com/posts/mexico-disrespects-us-born-mexicans

      Mexico Disrespects US-born Mexicans
      By Brenda Walker on July 19, 2012 at 10:24am

      Talk about putting out the unwelcome mat — Mexico is being downright snotty to its returning citizens and their US-born jackpot kiddies by not providing basic paperwork to get them plugged into school and healthcare.

      Wait, weren’t the remittance checks from Mexo-expats an important part of the country’s economy, amounting to tens of billions of dollars annually? Now that returnees need some simple services to get reintegrated, the authorities don’t want to bother with them.

  • alastairabbacle

    http://anepigone.blogspot.com/2007/12/ranking-performance-of-immigrant-groups.html

    RankCountry of originMerit index1.India145.62.Japan139.03.Canada133.24.United Kingdom128.15.Germany120.16.Former USSR108.37.Philippines108.08.South Korea103.09.Iran100.8xn-H White natives100.010.China91.611.Italy84.912.Poland76.513.Vietnam54.914.Colombia54.815.Peru48.916.Jamaica43.417.Brazil30.618.Cuba26.0xHispanic natives21.819.Haiti15.3xBlack natives13.220.Ecuador(13.3)21.Dominican Republic(54.5)22.El Salvador(60.7)23.Honduras(64.8)24.Guatemala(85.0)25.Mexico(87.7)

    • “Validating Stereotypes since 2005”.

      LOL

    • Jared Pierce

      That’s interesting that Phillippines is ahead of South Korea. Go figure.
      Q.

    • Mexico has less “merit” than Haiti for goodness sakes and yet our leaders are itching to give some 20 million, mostly illegal invading Mexicans, amnesty! That should be criminal!

      • alastairabbacle

        Well — Take another look. Mexico has a merit score of 87, Haiti of 15.

        • bubo

          Parentheses around the number indicate a negative.   It’s the only thing I remember about college level accounting.   So Mexico is dead last.  Can’t say I’m surprised.

          • alastairabbacle

            Ahhhh, Thank you for solving that. I need to closely look at how AE generated these statistics, as they are a personal project of his.

            Audacious Epigone for Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

      • alastairabbacle

        You were right, I am wrong. Mexico does have a lower score than Haiti, because it is NEGATIVE (in parenthesis is negative)

  • alastairabbacle

    The USA does not have the right to self-defense as is.

  • “Five years after he started “crime suppression” sweeps that terrorized Latino neighborhoods across Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is finally having to explain himself. “

    Terrorized Latino neighborhoods? Talk about wearing your bias on your sleeve.

    • Marcus Trajanus

       Sheriff Arpaio is of Italian ancestry and therefore a true Latino, unlike the indians and mestizos who have hijacked the name.

  • “Terrorized Latino neighborhoods!” “Finally having to explain himself?” That’s all I needed to read in order to know what direction this garbage would be going.

    • JohnEngelman

      Hispanic neighborhoods are more threatened by black and Hispanic crime than by anything the police do. 

  • JohnEngelman

    One plaintiff, Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, is a Mexican citizen who had a valid visa when Sheriff Arpaio’s deputies arrested him in 2007. He said he was handcuffed and held for hours, not read his rights or allowed a phone call, or told why he had been arrested. Two other plaintiffs, Velia Meraz and Manuel Nieto, were accosted by deputies at gunpoint during a neighborhood sweep, for no explained reason. They are citizens.              
    – New York Times, July 15, 2012     
             
               
    They are better off than they would have been if they had been robbed at gunpoint or mugged by Hispanic criminals, or caught in the cross fire between drug related gang violence. 
              

    • NM156

      He was handcuffed for hours during processing for the crime he was picked up for. Conflating the issues for his arrest and treatment is smart work by the pkaintiff’s lawyers or the leftist activists behind him.

  • Sardonicus

    Sheriff Joe may be seem unsophisticated, but his heart is in the right place, which is more than I can say for the New York Times.  So Joe is profiling Latinos? Aren’t the majority of illegal immigrants Latinos? What fisherman would cast his line in where there are no fish?  Holder and his Justice Department are determined to make an example of Joe Arpaio, an honest government employee who actually represents his continuants. I wish Joe was Attorney General, not Eric Holder.

  • alastairabbacle

    The New York Times:  The Self-Appointed Good Guys.  Graduates of Plato’s Academy.  

    “Crimes of the Times:  http://crimesofthetimes.blogspot.com/
    “In this sickening bit of puff from Times communist Jason DeParle, it’s almost like the civilization wrecking-ball psychos at Amerika’s Newspaper of Record are sneering at their readership, as if to say: we are almost done destroying Western Civilization, let us twist the knife in the wound just a wee bit more.”

  • NM156

    Arpaio knows full well that Obama was born in the US. The birth question is nonexistent. The subtext of the birthers’ arguments is that Obama really isn’t an American, which Arpaio is using as a stick in Holder’s eye just before his trial. The left still froths at the mouth when birther news makes the rounds, no matter how much fun they make of it. I don’t think Obama is a real American either.