Dems offer remediation plan for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
Published: June 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm
Democrats and Latino groups at a press conference today called for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to resign, but admitting the call will fall on deaf ears, they also offered a more realistic option.
The group, which included Democratic lawmakers and representatives from Latino organizations, offered up a remediation plan to deal with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s practices of racial profiling and targeting of Latinos during traffic stops and raids. The sheriff was found to have violated the constitutional rights of Latinos in a federal court ruling on May 24.
Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus leader Martin Quezada said the sharp rebuke from U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow should prompt Arpaio to resign the post he has held for more than 20 years. But Quezada admits that isn’t likely to happen.
“Ideally, the best possible solution to this situation is for Sheriff Arpaio to immediately resign… We understand that’s something he’s not likely to do, so we don’t just come here to make a bold statement, we come here with a plan B as well,” Quezada said.
The remediation plan includes four parts. It would require the Sheriff’s Office to develop a detailed racial profiling policy that complies with the US Constitution and is approved by the federal district court as well as counsel for the plaintiffs in the case.
It would require the Sheriff’s Office to develop an audit plan to document and review data on all traffic stops to determine who is being stopped by the office, and why.
The remediation plan would also require the Sheriff’s Office to develop a community outreach program and provide the public with information about its racial profiling policy and the methods for filing a complaint against an officer for alleged violation of that policy.
The plan also calls for the sheriff and plaintiffs in the case to select an independent monitor to watch over the implementation of its racial profiling policy, including training and audits.
Quezada said he is going to offer the plan to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors tomorrow.
He and the other leaders are also calling on the Board of Supervisors to deny funds for Arpaio to appeal the ruling.