Federal judge finds no evidence of racial profiling, negligence or abuse
The local left-leaning dispensaries of news have made an art form of brutalizing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He is relentlessly hammered, often in daily front page journalistic jujitsu masquerading as legitimate news reports. Preposterous editorials collude with columnists and cartoon endeavors against him. Gannett, the same parent company, owns the state’s largest newspaper, and a local television network operation, whose sole purpose on many days is to act in concert as foul twins, feeding off of one another in their pursuit of the sheriff — a man of integrity and commitment to enforcing the law. Regardless of the efforts to marginalize him by the open borders, amnesty proponents, Arpaio continues to do the job he has repeatedly been elected to do, sometimes even using a good dose of humor to get his point across.
Yesterday’s newspaper carried another report — relegated to the second section, below the fold. But his one vindicated Joe Arpaio of yet another baseless claim against him — that of discrimination. U.S. District Judge Stephen McNamee dismissed a lawsuit against Arpaio in conjunction with one of his law enforcement workplace sweeps.
In dismissing the lawsuit Alvarez v. Arpaio, the federal judge concluded neither Arpaio, the Sheriff’s Office nor county administrators knew of, participated in or authorized any unconstitutional conduct during the 2009 worksite enforcement sweep upon which the lawsuit was based. The illegal alien employees arrested were suspected of identity theft and fraud.
The basis of the claim and Judge McNamee’s ruling centered on facts specific to a woman’s detention and arrest on charges of document forgery, identity theft and being in the country illegally, when apprehended during a workplace raid at Handyman Maintenance Inc., a landscaping company.
Judge McNamee found that “Plaintiff has presented no evidence that any relevant MCSO policy, pattern, or practice had a discriminatory effect and was motivated by a discriminatory purpose.”
In a statement, Sheriff Arpaio said, “Document forgery and identity theft are not victimless crimes. The fact that such crimes may be committed by illegal aliens in Maricopa Countywill not stop me from properly enforcing the law. I am very pleased that the federal court recognized that my deputies follow the Constitution to its letter and spirit when they enforce Arizona law.”
To which Maricopa County citizens can cheerfully add, “Bravo!”