Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office profiles Latinos - judge
PHOENIX (KABC) -- A federal judge has ruled that the office of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio systematically singled out Latinos during its trademark immigration patrols.
Friday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow in Phoenix against the Maricopa County sheriff is the result of a five-year legal challenge. It marks the first finding by a court that the agency racially profiles people.
"It's a big victory for everyone who's suffered through the terror Sheriff Joe Arpaio has caused," said Arizona lawmaker Steve Gallardo.
At trial last summer, several Hispanic U.S. citizens told the judge they were wrongfully detained, pulled over by Arpaio's deputies because of the color of their skin.
Arpaio's attorney said race had nothing to do with it, but the judge found otherwise, ordering the two sides to come together in court in June to discuss the plaintiffs' demands for reform and new training.
The sheriff, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, won't face jail time as a result of Friday's ruling. Monetary damages weren't sought in the lawsuit but rather a declaration that Arpaio's office engages in racial profiling and an order that requires it to make policy changes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
- LA earthquake: 4.4-mag. quake shakes SoCal 8 min ago
- Ex-couple found guilty in East LA bank robbery
- IE teen gets 18 months in 'sextortion' plot
- Crimea declares independence; West hits back 20 min ago
- Body found at Anaheim trash center identified
- Burbank couple rescues child with mattress
- Lancaster man hit in deputy-involved shooting
- Actor Chris Pine pleads guilty to DUI 21 min ago
- Man high on meth terrorizes Covina family
- Malaysian plane search expands further
- abcnews: Woman says Scientology tore apart her family
- SEALs take oil tanker from Libyan rebels
- Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies at 64 56 min ago
- OTRC: 'The Walking Dead' recap: Season 4, ep 14