Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Arizona Latino Caucus calls for Arpaio’s resignation

 Arizona Latino Caucus calls for Arpaio’s resignation
Urges Maricopa County Board of Supervisors not to fund Arpaio’s appeal

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today the Arizona Latino Caucus, joined by other Democratic leaders, called for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to resign his position and urged the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors not to pay for Arpaio to appeal a federal court ruling that his agency racially profiled people.

“A federal judge ruled that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, engaged in racial profiling. This practice is unethical and inappropriate, and he remains unapologetic,” Arizona Latino Caucus Chairman Rep. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29), said. “The people of Maricopa County deserve better than that from their top law enforcement officer. It is time for him to resign.”

Sen. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson, (District 19), who is the co-chair of the Arizona Latino Caucus, added that Arpaio should take responsibility for his actions but instead is indicating he intends to appeal the federal court’s decision. 

"Joe Arpaio's 20 years as Maricopa County's chief law enforcement officer has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. It's time we stop bankrolling his incompetence and publicity stunts," Tovar said. "That is why the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus has written a letter, signed by legislators from across the state, urging the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to deny funds for Arpaio's appeal of Judge Snow's ruling. Funding Sheriff Joe Arpaio's negligence on the backs of county taxpayers is not justified and should not be allowed."

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), who called for Arpaio’s resignation in May, agreed that the Board of Supervisors should not be funding the sheriff’s appeal.

“Sheriff Arpaio has been very open about his intent to appeal the court’s ruling.  The people of Maricopa County should not have to pay for that with their tax dollars,” Campbell said. “He should step down and give the community an opportunity to move forward.  His resignation will allow the MCSO to regain the credibility needed to right these wrongs.”

Additionally, the Arizona Latino Caucus shared an MCSO remediation plan with the Board of Supervisors. The plan called for the following:

  • An anti-racial profiling policy approved by the federal district court
  • An internal audit plan to review the extent to which sheriff’s deputies are properly documenting traffic stops
  • An independent monitor to report on the implementation of the anti-racial profiling policy and the court’s orders
  • A community outreach program

Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, D-Phoenix (District 27), said Arpaio has failed in his duties.

“In 1868 our nation adopted the 14th Amendment granting due process and equal protection. In 1964 the Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion or gender. Yet here we are, in 2013, with the chief law enforcement officer for Maricopa County having been found guilty of racial profiling,” said Landrum Taylor. “Law enforcement doesn't just apply the rule of law, it must also abide by it. This isn't about politics or publicity stunts. This is about what our country stands for. This is about true patriotism; upholding our nation's Constitution and the liberties that it grants. Sheriff Joe Arpaio has failed to uphold the Constitution he swore to defend and the people he swore to protect.”

The letter to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and a copy of the remediation plan are available at www.azhousedemocrats.com.


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