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ACLU board to monitor MCSO concerns

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces dozens of arrests in a prostitution sting during a news conference at Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Headquarters Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Phoenix. Maricopa County sheriff's deputies made dozens of arrests in the sting in which undercover officers posed as 16-year-old girls as men responded to an online ad. The investigation also resulted in numerous drug-related arrests. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces dozens of arrests in a prostitution sting during a news conference at Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Phoenix. Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies made dozens of arrests in the sting in which undercover officers posed as 16-year-old girls as men responded to an online ad. The investigation also resulted in numerous drug-related arrests. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has appointed a panel to gather community concerns about the policies of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his agency.

The ACLU announced Thursday that it has tapped an attorney, an organizer and an Arizona State University assistant professor to be on the Community Advisory Board.

Officials say the board will work with a federal court-appointed monitor and make recommendations about policies and procedures in Arpaio’s office.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled last year that Arpaio’s office systematically singled out Latinos in its traffic enforcement and special immigration patrols.

Attorney Lisa Duran, Angeles Maldonado and Professor Carlos Santos will meet three times a year for as long as a court order remains in effect.

The first meeting is scheduled for this summer.

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One comment

  1. Where’s the oversight and accountability for an out of control sheriff? Lawmakers, its your responsibility to to rein in this entrenched abuse of power. Need laws for “term limits” for County Sheriffs and County Attorneys! Had enough of them wasting hundreds of millions of our taxpayers’ dollars on endless unnecessary litigation, enriching the lawyers, criminal justice system and prison profiteers! We’ve had enough!

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