Sheriff Joe on trial: Claims arrests not made on skin color, denies profiling

In a civil suit in Phoenix today, Sheriff Joe Arpaio denied that his department uses racial profiling in his infamous sweeps to find illegal aliens. He has been sued by a group of Latinos who claim personal discrimination at the hands of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), and the trial is just getting started.

Allegations against Arpaio claim that he began sweeps based on emails and letters that had no implications of crimes but only references to “dark-skinned people” or Spanish speakers in certain areas or businesses.

Sheriff Joe was asked about his statement that undocumented workers were “dirty”. His response was that people on foot in the desert after crossing the border “could be dirty. That’s the context on how I used the word.”

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In another question, Arpaio stated, “We don’t arrest people because of the color of their skin.”

Sheriff Joe on trial: Claims arrests not made on skin color, denies profiling 

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