DoJ Launches Criminal Contempt & Perjury Case Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio
In a federal court room, Prosecutor John Keller said the US government “will bring charges” against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his defiance of a court order to stop his controversial racial profiling program.
Earlier this year, Arpaio’s contempt and perjury case was referred to the Department of Justice (DoJ) by US District Court Judge Murray Snow.
Snow filed this charge with the DoJ and stepped down from the case “because of conflicts of interest”. US Attorney John Leonardo and his staff are being removed from the case “based on existing conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts”, according to associate deputy attorney general Andrew Goldsmith.
The conflict lies in the “frequent interaction with federal prosecutors and FBI agents in Arizona” between Arpaio’s sheriffs, deputies and administrators because of initiatives with crime task forces and various law enforcement.
As of now Arpaio is facing fees, fines and even jail time. He is being accused of racial profiling and using policing tactics against resident Hispanics and alleged undocumented immigrants.
Because of Arpaio’s trouble with the law, he has racked up six million dollars in fees in the contempt of court case against Arpaio and three of his deputies for intentionally violating court orders; as well as the sheriff’s “intention to violate and manipulate the laws and policies regulating their conduct.”
In total, Apraio has cost the people of Maricopa County over $10.4 million.
The Arizona sheriff has been using “saturation patrols” reminiscent of the slave patrols in the pre-Civil War South. These roaming officers were tasked with “rounding up people in the country without proper documents” by “stopping cars” without probable cause and “detaining people while they ran immigration status checks through the federal government’s database.”
Several years ago, Arpaio’s tactics were ruled illegal and the sheriff was told to stop. At the time the judge ordered “a sweeping overhaul of the agency, including making patrol officers wear body cameras and conducting more training to ensure officers aren’t making unconstitutional traffic stop.”
Regardless of this order, Arpaio violated the court’s ruling and did so publicly; including “letting deputies conduct his signature immigration patrols 18 months after the judge barred them.”
The 162 page decision, the court decided that Arpaio “intentionally failed” to participate in the injunction; and rather chose to engage “in multiple acts of misconduct, dishonesty, and bad faith with respect to [Hispanics] class and the protection of [their] rights.”
Like any opportunist, Arpaio is claiming that the “far left” is attacking him and asked for donations to save him from being brought to justice for decades of crimes.
Arpaio is currently running for re-election. Chad Williams, Arpaio’s campaign manager, told the press that the “timing” of this contempt and perjury case is questionable.
The re-election campaign sent out fundraising letters to potential donors that reads in part: “The judge made this decision just 10 days before my primary election! This decision by this judge stems from a ‘racial profiling’ case brought against me by the ultra-liberal American Civil Liberties Union. You know them. They’re the far-left group that makes a living off suing police departments for financial gain. They’re also the ones who defend child molesters, cop killers and known terrorists such as Khalid Sheik Mohamed — the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks!”
The letter continues: “Support Sheriff Joe! Donate $50 right now.”
Regardless of the misspellings and fear-mongering, the point of this fundraising letter is to disregard the fact that Arpaio has been racially profiling people in Maricopa County for decades.
His campaign claims that they need cash to fight against “Barack Obama, his Justice Department and their far-left allies like the ACLU would love nothing better than to see me convicted of a crime.”