The self-proclaimed America’s toughest sheriff was struck a humbling blow Wednesday when a judge ruled his Maricopa County, Arizona office will get a court appointed monitor after they lost a racial profiling suit in May.

Joe Arpaio’s ultra-tough stance on immigration was at the heart of the lawsuit that alleged his office detained Latinos for unreasonably long periods. The federal judge also ordered the creation of a community advisory board to ensure the Phoenix area sheriff is respecting his Latino constituents’ constitutional rights.

While Arpaio’s enemies have cheered the ruling, the 81-year-old responded with characteristic defiance. ‘We are identifying areas that are ripe for appeal,’ he said. ‘To be clear, the appointed monitor will have no veto authority over my duties or operations.’

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.

It was the first finding by a court that the agency covering Arizona’s most populous county engages in racial profiling after a small group of Latinos sued the sheriff’s office for violating their constitutional rights, saying they were being detained simply because of their race.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which is working on behalf of the plaintiffs, hailed the ruling as a victory.

‘Today’s order is really going to put some sunlight into the corners of the MCSO that have been such a problem in terms of people’s civil rights. It’s a great day,’ said ACLU lawyer Cecillia Wang.

Arpaio’s lawyers were less thrilled.

Lawyer Tim Casey said he was still reviewing the order, but noted he was ‘pleased with its very moderate sensible tone.’

‘The sheriff is still in exclusive charge of the MCSO,’ Casey said, adding their concern all along was that the monitor would have too much authority.

‘The monitor cannot tell us what to do or not to do,’ Casey said, referring to the monitor’s role in the ruling as overseeing training and procedures, among other things. ‘The court will make the ultimate decision on whether or not the MCSO is in compliance with its order, and we’re very pleased with that.’

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.

Arpaio’s attorneys had resisted the latter, telling the judge such an added measure would be burdensome and risky for deputies.

‘That’s an area that we remain concerned about,’ Casey said Wednesday.

Snow’s ruling doesn’t altogether bar Arpaio from enforcing the state’s immigration laws, but it does impose a long list of restrictions on the sheriff’s patrols, some of which focused heavily on Latino areas in the county.

The ruling prohibited the selection of ‘particular communities, locations or geographic areas for targeted traffic enforcement based to any degree on the racial or ethnic composition of the community.’

The order also prohibits using race as a factor in deciding whether to stop a vehicle with a Latino occupant or detaining Latino passengers only on the suspicion that they’re in the country illegally.

The U.S. Justice Department filed a similar lawsuit last year that also alleges racial profiling by Arpaio’s office. Its suit, however, claims broader civil rights violations, such as allegations that Arpaio’s agency retaliates against its critics and punishes Latino jail inmates with limited English skills for speaking Spanish. Arpaio has denied the claims.

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  • If Mr. Arapio is as smart as I think he is, this “monitor” means just about diddly-squat.

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      Let’s hope he is. And that the court monitor is a bit on the dumb, lazy side.

  • joesolargenius

    This is probably just an attempt to get the Sherriff to retire so the Liberals will have a chance to get one of their buddies elected , Ol Joe still has a few good years left in him, give em hell Joe and make them cuss you every day.

  • bigone4u

    Oh great, now we have a liberal judge, who thinks he knows more about law enforcement than a career law enforcement officer, issuing micro-management edicts through a monitor. Plus, a “community advisory board,” code for Latino activists, standing over the sheriff’s shoulder whining all day.

    The people elected the sheriff to do their will, but some appointed judge is saying “screw you” to the people. This makes me angry, enraged, and disgusted. The overthrow of this government is overdue. I can’t wait.

    • Rex

      This federal Judge has no business interfering in the State Affairs. The Constitution is clear: States are independent and Sovreign. Unfortunately, we have a dictatorship and not a Republic as our forefathers established.

  • Raised Its Ugly Head

    We all are assigned FedGov Monitors who will check our White privilege for us and hold us accountable for our insidious and unacknowledged racism- you are monitored by every black in America, your America, now theirs.

  • Luca

    This is blatant harassment brought on by Eric Holder. Arpaio’s officers have strict instructions not to stop anyone unless there is concrete reasonable cause to avoid harassment like this. I believe they have to appear to be breaking some other law before they are even asked for identification. He has mug shots on his website and they are absolutely equal opportunity. Lot’s of poor white trash meth-heads in his town and the usual suspects as well.

    However, nothing stops the liberal onslaught. Too bad Arpaio isn’t running for president, he’d make a damn good one. Hope he sues the feds for harassment. They’re pissed because he proved Obama’s birth certificate was a fabrication.

  • willbest

    I thought the Federal Government was shutdown… apparently harassing state law enforcement officers falls under essential services.

    • Manaphy

      Government Shutdown? looks like Illegals will unfortunately stop getting deported. Oh wait…..
      Obama already refuses to enforce current immigration laws.

    • WR_the_realist

      Pretty much everything we wish the federal government would stop doing falls under the category of “essential services” and isn’t stopped, even when there is no funding. For example, they still have the federal perverts at the airports with their blue gloves.

      • Thor Bonham

        The funny thing is that, Obamacare is actually being funded and the rest of government is basically shut down ..
        The shut down has the total opposite effect of what the republicans wanted .
        Amazing really ..

    • Greg Thomas

      This government never “shuts down” when it comes to defending their beloved mexican illegal invaders.

      • Puggg

        Our “shut down” Federal government is still processing green card applications.

        • Greg Thomas

          And cutting welfare checks.

  • Puggg

    I wish the Feds would appoint a monitor for the Sheriff of Jefferson County, Missouri. Someone who actually did violate civil rights law, five years ago by getting together with the St. Louis City and St. Louis County circuit attorneys and insinuate that they were going to throw Obama critics in jail and prosecute them.

  • Spartacus

    It’s quite a struggle, enforcing laws nowadays. Soon they’re gonna stop enforcing laws about rape, because that would also be “racist” ….

    • Sick of it

      The sentencing for rape has already become a joke. Same with murder.

      • Not in Colorado. Any sex crime here requires the words “to life” in the sentence. Back in 1989 or 1990, a greaserito in Denver abducted a 12 year-old white girl and raped her. He was apprehended while attempting to drive her back to her mother’s home. This earned the rapist a fairly lenient sentence from the judge, which annoyed the state legislature sufficiently enough that they passed a law requiring the words “to life” in the sentence.

        The long and the short of it now is that sex-offenders in Colorado are not really being sentenced by their judges, but by the parole board. A TSA passenger screener I used to know is currently seven years into his three-to-life sentence for child-molestation. Since his termination date is December 31, 8888, he’s never going to be off parole – assuming he even gets it – unless he plans on living to be 6913. He could even be paroled straight to the state loony bin in Pueblo under civil confinement law. If he’s ever out someday, he’ll also be on the sex-offender registry for life.

        With my three-year federal prison sentence, I just ran the clock down, waiting it out. I can’t imagine doing an indefinite sentence. While I was locked up, I filled a notebook with things to buy, books to read and places to see. This made sense, because I knew exactly when I was going home. I’ve used that notebook as a checklist over the years. I’ve been home for ten years and off paper for seven. With an indefinite sentence like the one my ex-friend got, I would hang myself.

        His mug shot has been replaced. It used to be an angry-looking guy in El Paso county felony orange. Now it is a miserable-looking guy in CDoC green. He’s at Fremont Correctional Facility, where according to Wikipedia 85% of the inmates are sex-offenders. I guess he finally understands.

        Another rapist – this a diabetic one from Boulder – recently dosed his victim with insulin, which knocked her out. He housemates found her unresponsive the next day, and got her to the hospital in time. He received 86 years to life, so he won’t even receive a parole hearing until he’s done 59 years of that: rape and attempted murder. Since he’s 31 now, I don’t rate his chances as very good.

        • Epiminondas

          You know some interesting people. You may want to frequent a better class bar.

        • Sick of it

          I was just going by numerous recent rape cases involving teenage girls. Sounds like Colorado has decent sentencing.

  • Sick of it

    This was an interesting ruling, considering that we did not have many Latinos in this country before rampant illegal immigration.

    • Epiminondas

      It’s also interesting that we should afford non-citizens constitutional rights. When did this happen?

  • and who appointed this unelected federal judge who struck down the anti-immigration law of Arizona?
    Judge Snow was appointed by Republican president Bush.

    So, where is the acknowledgement here that the GOP is doing most of the work to keep the foreigners pouring into America?

    • WR_the_realist

      Would a Democratic appointee have been any better? No. Both parties are horrid on immigration.

      • Sloppo

        That should be no surprise. Both parties are owned by the same people.

    • Quick: Name me one Democrat U.S. Senator that voted against the Gang Bangers of Eight bill.

      • Thor Bonham

        You don’t even have to say “quick” give him all the time in the world , he’ll never come up with a name ..

  • mike5586

    So he can still do the same thing he was doing but now he has a liberal sitting in his office whining about it at the taxpayers expense?

    Glad we got this settled. How much did this case cost arizona again?

  • Thor Bonham

    Yes, next up- Sheriff Arpaio and deputies are court ordered to remove fencing along the Arizona border, if there is any .. Laraza in ecstasy and the ACLU is celebrating ..
    Coming up at 10 ..

  • Joe Mack

    If 99% of the illegals are ‘latinos’, then it is simply impossible to not ‘disproportionately’ be dealing with ‘latinos’ when trying to enforce immigration laws.

    The courts have been turned into a complete nonsensical joke. They are no longer about interpreting laws, but instead are crooks hired to push an agenda – most often in violation of the law.

    • Bossman

      American citizens of Latino descent are also a high percentage of Arizona’s population.

      • Greg Thomas

        We generally do not deport America citizens. Although, I have no problems with deportg faux America citizens, aka anchor babies.

        • Mr. Spartacus and I are probably in complete agreement as to what really should be done.

        • Rex

          We have to deport all of these skunks whether illegal or legal. If in only about 45 years America has become unrecognizable filty by the massive presence of non-Whites just imagine 45-50 years from now. It’s time for Patriot Whites to rise up and shame at those 40% of Whites who still vote liberal-democrat and voted to elect and reelect ant-American,anti-White, (anti-White Privileges),Muslim Obama.

  • mobilebay

    Maybe Sheriff Joe will now concentrate on all those Norwegians sneaking in from Mexico.

  • Harry

    What if in 2016, Sheriff Joe Arpaio runs as a Republican for the office of President of the United States?

    Or what if the Republican Presidential candidate who wins the Republican nomination, chooses Sheriff Joe, as his running mate?

    Or why not have Joe Arpaio run for the office of mayor of New York City? The liberals would really have a field day throwing a hissyfit!

    Or better yet since I live in Philadelphia, PA, I would think it would wonderful if Joe Arpaio was elected mayor of Philly!

  • William Krapek

    “The ruling prohibited the selection of ‘particular communities, locations or geographic areas for targeted traffic enforcement based to any degree on the racial or ethnic composition of the community.’”

    In other words he’s not allowed to effectively enforce the law.

    • Rex

      Sheriff Arpaio and the State of Arizona should tell this Judge to get lost and not obey the unconstitutional order. Ther Governor should mobilize the national guard to protect the Sheriff so he can continue to enforce State laws.

  • Rex

    Joe Arpaio’s ultra-tough stance on immigration was at the heart of the
    lawsuit that alleged his office detained Latinos for unreasonably long
    periods. The federal judge also ordered the creation of a community
    advisory board to ensure the Phoenix area sheriff is respecting his
    Latino constituents’ constitutional rights.

    These people are Ibero_indians and have no business being identified as Latins. After all Latino/a is a language and culture. and not a Race and not an Ethnicity. Both Latin Language and Latin Culture come from Roman Italy and not from Spain and not from Latin America.

    As for Joseph Arpaio he never called himself “the thoughest Sheriff”. The media did and he is doing the right thing keeping anti-Americans mexicans and other like them from coming here and sucking the blood of Whites and destroying our way of life.