Judge delays ruling in MCSO racial profiling case

Judge delays ruling in MCSO racial profiling case

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A federal judge painted a clearer picture of what he wants from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies after finding the Maricopa Sheriff's Office guilty of racial profiling back in May.

After going over 78 pages of negotiations from both sides, the judge says he intends to appoint a monitor to oversee the sheriff's office.

Most of the day was spent discussing increased data collection at traffic stops and disciplinary action for deputies caught using race to profile people.

MCSO attorneys say both parties found a lot of common ground. And the American Civil Liberties Union is calling this a victory.

Arpaio protestors occupied one side of Washington Street, while supporters occupied the other -- mimicking what took place on the 6th floor of the federal courthouse.

"We feel very confident that the monitor will have very finite power, will not have power over the operation of MCSO which was our one main issue so we're very happy with that," said Thomas P. Liddy, MCSO attorney.

"We were very pleased with the judge taking it so seriously. We believe he will adopt a significant amount of that decree and hopefully it will lead to positive change that is so necessary here in this county," said Dan Pochoda, legal director of ACLU Arizona.

"This was the victory of the people of the community of all those people who had the courage to stand up and give their testimony," said Lydia Guzman, advocate for migrant rights.

Latino rights advocates are calling this a victory because they expect Judge Murray Snow to appoint a monitor within 60 days, and increase the data collected at traffic stops, even requiring deputies to record their reasons for making a traffic stop before approaching a vehicle.

"One of the things that should be done and the sheriff agrees with us -- there should be cameras in the patrol car to monitor what happens for every stop," said Stanley Young, ACLU attorney.

Attorneys say the sheriff will appeal the case, but that it's too early to say if that appeal will change any aspects of the judge's orders.

Both sides will submit names of potential monitors and the judge will choose. Another court date had not been set at this time.

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