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Arpaio to pay $200K in racial profiling case

Maricopa, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio prepares to speak to a crowd in the East Room on the grounds of the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register , Kevin Sullivan)

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has settled a claim with two men and will pay $200,000 in a racial profiling case.

The claim arose out of one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s worksite enforcement raids. Deputies raided a landscaping company in search of identity-theft and fraud suspects.

Julian and Julio Mora were pulled over outside the business on Feb. 11, 2009.

The men later contended they were targeted because of their race. One is a U.S. citizen and the other is a legal resident.

Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona tell The Arizona Republic the settlement should send a message to police agencies that engage in discriminatory practices.

A Sheriff’s Office attorney says they could not identify the deputies who made the stop because of the number of deputies working the operation.

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7 comments

  1. Its interesting watching the father and son on TV. The son works for Moon Valley Nursery a company who runs two sets of books. One for the regular guys they employ and another for the illegal aliens they have working. If it was a white family that stop and asked for any type of paperwork to prove their identity that the “cops” don’t get sued. The ACLU has shown that they are nothing more than the scum of the earth.

  2. What kind of country are we living in where the cops cant ask for I.D. from some but its ok for others. I guess its time to move somwhere else and just give them the country.

  3. @ Jack — Anyone can have an opinion. But if it is not intelligent or well made than it is just an opinion. Just like yours. You have several grammatical errors in your structuring, spelling and ideas are incomplete. You are an example of ANYONE who can have an opinion. The ACLU has shown it is WRONG to treat prisoners in the way they did. They proved it was WRONG to have to show ID just because of your race. It shows they were WRONG to unlawfully detain someone within the limits of the law with regard to due process. Making someone pee on themselves is NOT how anyone should be treated. Even moreso a set of innocent citizens or people who are here lawfully. So take that back to your KKK leader and introduce them to what it means to have an education and use it.

    @ Bob– if you are not willing to fight for something which is right, then we want you to move the hell out of our country. All we need is another passive dweller who sits back and ******* and does NOTHING constructive. It is not a matter of asking for an ID, it is a matter of detaining people who have committed a crime and treating them respect and dignity. I am sure you would not want to walk down the street and a cop pull you over just cause you are walking in a neighborhood not suited to you or just because of a perception or stereotype about who you are. You are another example of “ANY PERSON CAN HAVE AN OPINION”.

  4. I hate illegals, minorities, and all law breaking scumbags.

  5. Some of these people work incredibly hard and are very honorable but you have to be legal. I think it is ok for cops to ask. They ask my husband because of his accent and he is white and immigrated here.

  6. It still boils down to this. Arpaio says he is saving the taxpayer money but who do you think is being billed to pay off the lawsuits he loses? That would be the taxpayer.

  7. Look William, the problem is, noone cares what you think. What part of “we don’t want you here” do you not understand? If not by profiling, how do you find illegal immigrants? Do a long exhaustive background investigation? Or simply ask some to provide credentials? Yes there is hate and misconception, but I can tell you it has only been the result of their actions. Most hispanics are not taught to co-habitate. They are taught to take back what they think is theirs. Don’t tell me it’s not being taught in some schools. It’s been shown on the news. One teacher was confronted and he further explained that he indeed believes Mexicans should have more kids and take back this country. I am sick of people not talking about the way most Mexicans act. Acting like badasses all of the time, it’s called machismo, and guess what, most of your women think it’s idiotic too. We don’t owe you a damn thing, so get over yourself. Profile away, please. Can’t find Waldo by looking for guys in blue.

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