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May 30, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- Despite a recent court ruling that the department run by Maricopa County's top cop used racial profiling in his quest to crack down on illegal immigration, a recall effort against Sheriff Joe Arpaio has failed. On Thursday, members of Respect Arizona and Citizens for a Better Arizona -- who launched the recall effort against Arpaio -- failed to gather the necessary 335,000 valid voter signatures by the 5 p.m. deadline. The aim was to force a recall election. Activists behind the recall effort would not say how many signatures they were short.
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October 2, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
For years to come, Sheriff Joe Arpaio can expect to have a federal judge looking over his shoulder, watching almost his every move and those of his deputies. A federal judge Wednesday approved a plan to place an independent monitor inside the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office to ensure the department is not racial profiling. Maricopa County deputies - once described by a Justice Department expert as conducting "the most egregious racial profiling in the United States" - will have every traffic stop monitored statistically and with video cameras, with strict orders to ignore suspects' race.
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July 19, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a busy man. On Thursday, the civil trial against the sheriff's department got underway in federal court. Arpaio is being sued for allegedly engaging in racial profiling and discriminatory policing. (He faces similar charges in another civil rights lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice.) A few days before the trial began, Arpaio held a news conference to declare that Barack Obama's birth certificate is fake. The sheriff reached that conclusion after his volunteer posse of investigators traveled to Hawaii to demand a copy of the president's birth certificate.
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July 15, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- A smartphone application that allows people to report law enforcement abuse in Arizona directly to the American Civil Liberties Union has gained instant popularity, with 3,000 people downloading the application in the first week of its launch. The application is meant to focus on recording stories of racial profiling associated with Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law, known as SB 1070 . Since the ACLU unveiled the app on June 18, it has reported that at least 3,243 people have downloaded it -- mostly on Droid phones.
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May 29, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
For years, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has proudly boasted that he's America's toughest sheriff. Now it turns out the Arizona lawman charged with enforcing the law is actually guilty of breaking it. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow found Arpaio and his deputies guilty of racially profiling Latinos and illegally detaining them, in violation of the 4th and 14th amendments. Snow's ruling simply confirms what Arpaio's critics and victims have long known -- Maricopa's sheriff abused his power, his deputies stopping and detaining anyone they believed was illegally in the country, based on little more than a person's appearance or surname.
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March 1, 2012 | By Ashley Powers
And you thought the “birther” movement was dead. Not in Arizona, where Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio held a news  conference Thursday to reveal the preliminary results of an investigation into the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate. Obama released the long-form certificate last year in an attempt to quiet critics -- including Donald Trump - who claimed he was born outside the United States and was therefore ineligible to become president. The White House considers the matter settled.
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February 7, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
America's self-styled toughest sheriff is teaming up with an action star. Steven Seagal will lead a training session about school shootings Saturday at the request of his pal Joe Arpaio - an immigration hardliner and the brazen sheriff of Arizona's most populous county, Maricopa, which includes Phoenix.  Seagal will train Arpaio's volunteer “posse,” which boasts about 3,500 members and tackles an array of issues, Arpaio told the Los...
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May 10, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil  lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his  Arizona department, alleging that he and his deputies engaged in racial profiling of Latinos. Arpaio, who has proclaimed himself America's toughest sheriff, has grabbed headlines for his focus on immigration enforcement. Last year, the Justice Department issued a scathing report that concluded that his deputies routinely engaged in discriminatory and unconstitutional law enforcement, conducting immigration sweeps instead of investigating crimes, including reports of sexual abuse.
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October 2, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
For years to come, Sheriff Joe Arpaio can expect to have a federal judge looking over his shoulder, watching almost his every move and those of his deputies. A federal judge Wednesday approved a plan to place an independent monitor inside the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office to ensure the department is not racial profiling. Maricopa County deputies - once described by a Justice Department expert as conducting "the most egregious racial profiling in the United States" - will have every traffic stop monitored statistically and with video cameras, with strict orders to ignore suspects' race.
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December 12, 2009 | By Nicholas Riccardi
The day after the federal government told Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that he could no longer use his deputies to round up suspected illegal immigrants on the street, the combative Arizona sheriff did just that. He launched one of his notorious "sweeps," in which his officers descend on heavily Latino neighborhoods, arrest hundreds of people for violations as minor as a busted headlight and ask them whether they are in the country legally. "I wanted to show everybody it didn't make a difference," Arpaio said of the Obama administration's order.
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May 30, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- Despite a recent court ruling that the department run by Maricopa County's top cop used racial profiling in his quest to crack down on illegal immigration, a recall effort against Sheriff Joe Arpaio has failed. On Thursday, members of Respect Arizona and Citizens for a Better Arizona -- who launched the recall effort against Arpaio -- failed to gather the necessary 335,000 valid voter signatures by the 5 p.m. deadline. The aim was to force a recall election. Activists behind the recall effort would not say how many signatures they were short.
NEWS
May 29, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
For years, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has proudly boasted that he's America's toughest sheriff. Now it turns out the Arizona lawman charged with enforcing the law is actually guilty of breaking it. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow found Arpaio and his deputies guilty of racially profiling Latinos and illegally detaining them, in violation of the 4th and 14th amendments. Snow's ruling simply confirms what Arpaio's critics and victims have long known -- Maricopa's sheriff abused his power, his deputies stopping and detaining anyone they believed was illegally in the country, based on little more than a person's appearance or surname.
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May 24, 2013 | By Michael Mello, Los Angeles Times
TUCSON - A federal judge has ruled that the immigration enforcement policies of the man who calls himself "America's toughest sheriff" violated the Constitution by using racial profiling. For years, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has ordered his deputies to detain people they suspect of residing in the country illegally and to hold them for federal authorities. The 142-page ruling issued Friday by Judge G. Murray Snow came as part of a lawsuit brought on behalf of Latino plaintiffs who asserted that race was a major factor in initiating immigration enforcement stops.
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April 12, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the darling of conservatives and bane of immigration rights activists, was the apparent target of an explosive device that was intercepted and disabled, Arizona officials said on Friday. The device, which is being examined for clues, also comes after weeks of attacks on police officers and prosecutors. Arpaio, who is also the subject of a recall campaign, has condemned the attacks on fellow elected law enforcement officials. Throughout his 20-year tenure, Arpaio has been no stranger to threats.
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February 7, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
America's self-styled toughest sheriff is teaming up with an action star. Steven Seagal will lead a training session about school shootings Saturday at the request of his pal Joe Arpaio - an immigration hardliner and the brazen sheriff of Arizona's most populous county, Maricopa, which includes Phoenix.  Seagal will train Arpaio's volunteer “posse,” which boasts about 3,500 members and tackles an array of issues, Arpaio told the Los...
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November 6, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
Voters in Arizona's Maricopa County have reelected Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the face of Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law. With 82% of the county's precincts reporting, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff” in America won a sixth term convincingly with 53% of the vote. Arpaio, 80, is best known for vigorously cracking down on illegal immigrants in his county - moves that won him admirers in and outside Arizona but also created a fissure dividing Latinos and law enforcement.
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August 9, 1994 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a boy, Joe Arpaio lived for "oaters," those Saturday matinees starring Hollywood's singing cowboys who knew good from evil, and whose righteousness made local folks eager to ride with them on the dusty trail of outlaws. Now, as sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, Arpaio has mobilized his own 2,200-member volunteer posse, 800 of whom strap on side arms and Stetsons to join deputies in crime-fighting blitzkriegs across the Phoenix valley.
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January 11, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The sheriff who dresses inmates in pink underwear, houses them in Army tents and feeds them ostrich meat was harshly criticized in a Justice Department report for alleged brutality against inmates. The report attacked Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the use of force, including using pepper spray and restraint chairs, and condemned the jail's grievance procedures and "unsafe" intake area, the Arizona Republic reported. Arpaio's lawyer disputed most of the findings.
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September 1, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel
With the U.S. attorney's office deciding not to file criminal charges against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other current and former members of his department, the Arizona sheriff said Saturday that the office "did a good job" -- and that he would continue to enforce illegal immigration laws. Assistant U.S. Atty. Ann Birmingham Scheel made the announcement in a short news release Friday evening, ending years of inquiry into allegations of financial misdeeds and abuse of power.
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July 25, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Joe Arpaio  bills himself as a tough-talking lawman, but he turned down the volume in an Arizona court of law this week. The Maricopa County sheriff took the stand in the civil suit alleging that his department violated people's rights by profiling Latinos. Media reports agree that the sheriff, famous for his strident and ferocious verbal attacks on illegal immigrants during numerous television and other media appearances, was far quieter while on the stand Tuesday. Arpaio explained that he was suffering from the flu. “We don't arrest people because of the color of their skin,” Arpaio insisted during testimony throughout the day. Latinos represented by various groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, are suing Arpaio and his office, arguing that Maricopa County officers systematically profile Latinos during law-enforcement sweeps in Latino areas in Phoenix.
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