Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Will Get A Federal Monitor; Joe Arpaio Not Happy

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

On August 30th, 2013 Federal Judge Murray Snow announced in a court hearing that he will appoint a Federal monitor to oversee Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. Maricopa County, located in Arizona, is the home of the infamous Sherriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio’s office has been the subject of ongoing state and federal civil rights law suits. The most recent hearing was part of an on-going class action lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Arpaio. In earlier hearings Judge Snow ruled that Arpaio’s office had violated the civil rights of Arizona’s Latino population, by instituting policies which led to widespread targeting of citizens based on racial profiling.