Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Out of control Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, self-dubbed “America's Toughest Sheriff,” will have to endure a sidekick of sorts: A federal court appointed monitor, whose task will be to keep the five-time elected sheriff in check, reports UPI on Aug. 31.
Arpaio has been a flashpoint of media attention for his outspoken style and unorthodox methods that border on the heretical. Most recently accused of racially profiling Latinos in his eminent enthusiasm when it comes to the Arizona – Mexican border, Federal judge Murray Snow said at a court hearing that he plans to assign a monitor to the sheriff’s office of Maricopa County.
Violations of civil rights, abuses of power, misuses of federal and state funds and illegal immigration enforcement all encircle the self-aggrandizing 81-year-old Sheriff.
At the hearing, Arpaio’s attorney, Tim Casey, said a monitor would threaten the sheriff’s ability to take necessary action and cause an internal conflict of power.
“Who will resolve the disputes with him?” Casey asked the judge.
“I will resolve the disputes,” Judge Snow deadpanned.
Cecilia Wang, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project, agreed to the court’s ruling that Arpaio needs a babysitter.
“There really needs to be a way to make sure Arpaio is not violating the Constitution,” Wang said.
If you are unfamiliar with Sheriff Arpaio’s techniques, here is a sample of his work: