The trial in this newest challenge to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the part of the ACLU began Thursday and uses “racially charged citizen complaints,” among other evidence, to show the MCSO engages in racial profiling. The trial started Thursday.
One letter from Sun City resident Gail asks the Sheriff to look into the number of Spanish-speakers working at a local McDonald’s.
Arpaio was one of the chief supporters of Senate Bill 1070, an immigration law that was largely struck down by the Supreme Court earlier this month, along with former Sen. Russell Pearce. The ACLU is using dozens of Pearce emails to prove the law was racially motivated.
The high court upheld Section 2B, the central tenet of the law which allows law enforcement officers to ascertain legal immigration status in certain situations. An injunction is still in place preventing this section from going into effect, and the ACLU is attempting to halt its implementation through a legal motion.
Section 2B could be overturned if it can be proved that the law does violate individuals’ Fourteenth Amendment rights, according to azcentral.com.