Maricopa County, Arizona, is going to have to stump up $22 million over the next 18 months to fund an on-going, highly contentious program of racial profiling.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s tactic of targeting racial and ethnic minorities and forcing them to turn over identifying documents was declared to be nothing more than blatant racial profiling by a district judge in a ruling back in May, 2013.
According to WLWT.com:
[box type=”shadow”]The sheriff’s office had a history of targeting vehicles with occupants with darker skin or Latino heritage, scrutinizing them more strictly and detaining them more often, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled.[/box]
Arpaio, who claims that he is rigorously enforcing immigration laws, is challenging the ruling. In the mean time Judge Murray has ordered a monitor to oversee the retraining of officers under Arpaio, and has created a community advisory board to help address local grievances.
While the legal challenges continue, the monitoring and creation of the board will cost the county $21,943,107. Should the case go on, it will cost a further $10 million per year.
This farcical case represents an enormous waste of the taxpayer’s money. Arpaio’s tactics were demonstrably racist from their inception. Now that they have been proven to be so in a court of law, the Sheriff would do his county an enormous service if he merely accepted the ruling and backed down.
However, sadly, demagogues rarely go quietly.