A class action lawsuit against Maricopa County, Arizona, and its notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio, begins today in federal court. According to the complaint, the sheriff’s office even enlists, directs and controls large numbers of volunteer “posse” members (like motorcycle clubs) to “enforce” Federal immigration laws. Unfortunately, as outlined in the lawsuit, the result (with no sign of let-up) is systematic, widespread racial and ethnic profiling and discrimination against Latinos, regardless of those persons’ citizenship or lawful immigration status.
The complaint outlines illegal stops, seizures, searches, “sweeps,” interrogations and raids dating from September 2007 through the present, with “no signs of abating.”
The lawsuit is brought by the ACLU and MALDEF. You can read the federal complaint here.