District Judge to Appoint Monitor to Watch Sheriff Arpaio

After ruling in May that Maricopa county, AZ, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has to stop "using race as a grounds to stop, detain, or hold occupants of vehicles," District Judge Murray Snow now plans to appoint a monitor to watch over Arpaio's office.

According to Reuters, this monitor could be added to the Sheriff's office as early as mid-September.

Murray announced the future appointment of a monitor on August 30, at which time Arpaio's attorney Tim Casey argued that this is only going to make the Sheriff's job harder and perhaps even usurp the Sheriff's authority. Casey asked the court: "Who will resolve disputes with him?" Snow responded, "I will resolve disputes with him."

American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants' Rights Project's Cecillia Wang called Arpaio's resistance to being monitored is "troubling." She added, "There really needs to be a way to make sure [Arpaio] is not violating the Constitution."

Arpaio is serving his sixth term as Maricopa county Sheriff.

Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins.


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