Law enforcement authority constrained as illegal invasion OKed
U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow has unilaterally approved a plan to install an independent monitor inside the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to ensure the department is not “racial profiling.” Snow’s 58-page ruling can be read here.
Last May, Snow ruled that Arpaio’s office was engaging in racial profiling aimed at targeting and detaining Hispanics suspected of illegal entry into the United States. Snow was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush.
For additional background on this ongoing attempt by the federal courts to constrain Sheriff Arpaio in the performance of the duties of his office, read our 2011 post, Federal judge ramps it up on Sheriff Arpaio.
As sheriff, Arpaio is the chief law enforcement officer for Maricopa County, overseeing a massive office. He is the longest serving sheriff since statehood, unprecedentedly elected by the citizens to six 4-year terms. Maricopa County ranks fourth among the nation’s counties with a population greater than 23 states. In land area alone, it is greater in size than seven states. Arizona abuts the sieve-like Mexican border.
Judge Snow’s latest ruling irrationally orders the sheriff’s office to promote an internal policy “that unauthorized presence in the United States is not a crime and does not itself constitute reasonable suspicion or probable cause to believe that a person has committed or is committing any crime.” His words signal an unmistakable green light to our nation’s invaders — all of them.
Read Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s statement regarding Snow’s Melendres v. Arpaio ruling here.