Arpaio’s lawyer, Tim Casey, said he was still reviewing the 59-page order, but noted he was “pleased with its very moderate sensible tone.”
“The sheriff is still in exclusive charge of the MCSO,” Casey said, noting their concern all along was that the monitor would have too much authority.
“The monitor cannot tell us what to do or not to do,” Casey said, referring to the monitor’s role in the ruling as overseeing training and procedures, among other things. “The court will make the ultimate decision on whether or not the MCSO is in compliance with its order, and we’re very pleased with that.”
Snow’s ruling doesn’t altogether bar Arpaio, 81, from enforcing the state’s immigration laws, but it does impose a long list of restrictions on the sheriff’s patrols, some of which focused heavily on Latino areas in the county. They include prohibitions on using race as a factor in deciding whether to stop a vehicle with a Latino occupant and on detaining Latino passengers only on the suspicion that they’re in the country illegally.
The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit last year that also alleges racial profiling by Arpaio’s office. Its suit, however, claims broader civil rights violations, such as allegations that Arpaio’s office retaliates against its critics and punishes Latino jail inmates with limited English skills for speaking Spanish. Arpaio has denied the claims.