Sheriff Joe’s Culture of Bias

Today the Department of Justice released its findings from a three-year probe of controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. Their conclusion: Arpaio “promoted a culture of bias” against Latinos the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

That culture of bias went beyond simply softly focusing resources on pursuing Latinos. Racial profiling became official policy. Sheriff Jo communicated to officers that “biased policing would not only be tolerated, but encouraged” and that amounted to a “pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing.”

Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, the head of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division told reporters in a conference call on Thursday morning the department’s findings were unique because they reflect just how entrenched the Arpaio mindset is in the office.

The 22-page report is made up of interviews with over 400 individuals, including Sheriff Joe himself, reviews of tens of thousands of pages of evidence, tours of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office jails and the work of four leading police practice experts.

Among the most disturbing findings were incidents where Sheriff Joe would receive a racially-charged constituent letter and make notes on it indicating support of that belief. Investigation officers found that MCSO detention officers frequently called Latinos “wetbacks,” and “stupid Mexicans” (there were other, more obscene and offensive names used as well).

Perez said that he is hopeful that despite Arpaio’s refusal to cooperate with much of the investigation the civil matter can be settled without litigation. Arpaio still faces the possibility of related criminal charges and is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona.

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Photo from gageskidmore via flickr.


Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

Sheriff Joe is just doing what the people of Arizona have asked him to do, protect American Soil, that is also the soil most of you live on also.

So people on here are trying to compare the Illegal aliens to the same illegals of 200 years ago. How dumb is that. Those illegals were not sneaking into the US by the thousands and taking the jobs of legals. They were not milking our states because were were not a full fleged Socialist country as we are today. Today the tax payer is stuck with supporting the illegal, but the Eygptian Brotherhood, the Libyan brotherhood, Michelles billion dollars for her vacations, and Obama's Chicago gangsters. This is not to mention the trillions of dollars for Obama Care. The US is going in the tank and becomeing a second tier Nation. We use to be strong and could help other countries, it is not turning to the other direction.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

Patrick Dieter
Patrick Dieter4 years ago

Not only that, but he needs to be wearing pink underwear at the time.

Patrick Dieter
Patrick Dieter4 years ago

Just another clown with a gun. Arizona deserves this bozo. If you are of European descent, then the odds are over 75% that your descendants entered this country illegally to begin with. When all our ancestors were immigrating in at Ellis island, only about one in thirty actually had the proper papers and work visas -- the rest counted on fake papers, borrowed rolls of money, falsified claims of jobs and sponsorship. That's right, you smug bastards! You are ALL illegals, except for the few of us on the rez. I just want him to get exposed nationally.He is such a buffoon, and worse yet, he thinks he can operate without consequences. I an him to get his consequences.

mary l.
mary l.4 years ago

Joe may not be perfect but who is. There are more people in Arizona that like Joe and he will get voted in again. He has the balls to do the right thing that our federal government fails to do. I will continue to support Joe and so will many thousands here in Arizona. Our worthless president has one adenda and he refuses to enforce laws that are already in place for his benefit only. Thank you Joe for having balls that our president is lacking and thanks for protecting the people of Arizona.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin4 years ago

Time to send sheriff joe to one of his own prisons ( I refuse to spell his title and name with capital letters, that's how much I dispice him and his policies) and also prosecute him for not protecting the victims of rape!

Jason Shepard
Past Member 4 years ago

To JW H. and Deborah and anyone else supporting Sheriff Joe:

Give up. The Care2 Community despises Sheriff Joe. They listen to nothing but the rhetoric of those who hate him, including the DOJ.

If you want to talk to those who support him, join the "Stand with Arizona (And Against Illegal Immigration)", "Defund LaRaza", and/or the other Arizona support pages. Stand with Arizona recently posted this same article, but with a view toward the DOJ's true resentment of Sheriff Joe. 912 comments in support of Sheriff Joe and 4,441 Likes have been received thus far. Care2 is NOT the majority, but they will make you feel ostracized, hated, and miserable for however long you support him. Agree with them and walk away or don't say I didn't warn you.

Judy G.
Judy G.4 years ago

Whens the dark ages over.

William Y.
William Y.4 years ago

Just another Fascist. Get rid of him.