Our Opinion: Review Arpaio actions, pleaseby Tucson Citizen on Feb. 20, 2009, under Opinion
The Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus is urging President Obama’s administration to review Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s operation – and rightly so.
Concerns about racial profiling and other abuses of people’s civil rights have surfaced since Arpaio began raiding Hispanic neighborhoods over the past two years.
His recent decision to segregate illegal immigrants in county jails also raises questions, as all inmates are to be treated under the same standards.
The Departments of Justice and of Homeland Security were asked last week to review the situation, in a request by U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. and three other House Judiciary Committee Democrats.
We hope a federal review in Maricopa will be forthcoming. The notion that people with brown skin are treated differently is not acceptable in Arizona or anywhere else.