The United States Sues Maricopa County Sheriff, Terry Johnson for 'unconstitutional conduct' in Targeting Latinos

These white guys in the Southern and Western U.S. are so
damn racist the only way to bring them in line is to sue them.
These Racist Bastards
The United States vs. Terry Johnson isn’t the most high-profile police discrimination case the U.S. Department has pursued in recent years but it’s one of the few that has gone to trial.

According to the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, from 2009 to 2012 it opened 15 policing investigations, issued eight letters of misconduct, and reached 10 agreements for comprehensive reform of police departments.

Its most well-known case involves the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office. That investigation was from 2009 to 2012.

“Ultimately, we found that MCSO engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct,” according to the DOJ. “We attempted to reach a resolution with MCSO to provide for reform, but when negotiations proved unsuccessful, we filed a lawsuit to ensure that MCSO implements policies and procedures that address the problems we found.”

In December 2012, a federal court denied MCSO’s and Maricopa County’s motion to dismiss the case. The lawsuit was filed by the DOJ against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, MCSO and Maricopa County on May 10, 2012. The lawsuit remains in a pretrial phase.

According to the DOJ, the Civil Rights Division entered into court-enforceable agreements with six jurisdictions in 2012 to address serious policing challenges, the most agreements reached in a single year.

■ In November 2012, the Civil Rights Division reached an agreement to address alleged misconduct by the East Haven Police Department in Connecticut. According to the DOJ, the police department engaged in a “pattern or practice of discriminatory policing against Latinos, targeting Latinos for discriminatory traffic enforcement, treating Latinos more harshly after traffic stops, and intentionally failing to design and implement internal systems that would identify and prevent this discriminatory conduct.”

■ In 2011, the DOJ investigated the Seattle Police Department and determined that the department engaged in an unlawful pattern or practice of excessive force.

“We negotiated an agreement with Seattle that requires reforms designed to ensure that the police department’s use of force meets constitutional standards, and to reduce the potential for SPD to engage in discriminatory policing,” according to the DOJ. The court approved a settlement in this case in September 2012.

■ The DOJ conducted a year-long investigation in 2010 of the New Orleans Police Department. The DOJ found that the department “engaged in patterns or practices of excessive uses of force, gender biased profiling, racial and ethnic profiling, and failures to provide effective policing services to persons with limited English proficiency.”

“At the conclusion of the process, we reached one of the most comprehensive reform agreements in the Division’s history to address our findings,” according to the DOJ.