Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio's Sweep Plan Unsealed by Court, No "Exigent Circumstances" Offered

Tuesday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow unsealed the operations plan for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "crime suppression" sweep, which took place this weekend in the West Valley.

Significantly, the document, which was filed last Thursday under seal by Arpaio's attorney Tim Casey, does not identify any "exigent circumstances" as mentioned in Snow's final order in the ACLU civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio.

Snow's permanent injunction, issued on October 2, gave the sheriff's office a 59-page list of detailed requirements, meant to haul Arpaio's office into the era of modern policing, and away from its recent history as a practitioner of biased law enforcement.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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