Arpaio racial profiling case: Latinos allowed to join class-action suit
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Every Latino driver and passenger who have been stopped, detained, questioned or searched by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s since January 2007 can join a racial-profiling lawsuit that was expanded to class-action status after a federal judge’s ruling on Friday.
The ruling from U.S. District Judge Murray Snow will also prevent sheriff’s deputies from relying on a single element of the state’s human-smuggling statute, such as the belief that someone is unlawfully present in the United States, if deputies want to launch into investigations related to human smuggling.
Attorneys for the Sheriff’s Office and the plaintiffs who brought the racial-profiling lawsuit were still digesting the 40-page ruling Friday afternoon and could not yet comment.
Snow’s order was handed down hours after he ruled that Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s destruction of documents related to the long-standing racial profiling case will come into play in a trial.
See also this earlier story.