Lawsuit Summary Essay

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Harcourt, B.E. (2007) Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing and Punishing in an Actuarial Age. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Jonsson, P. (December 22, 2011) “is Sheriff Joe Arpaio using racial profiling to find illegal immigrants?” The Christian Science Monitor.

The article entitled “is Sheriff Joe Arpaio using racial profiling to find illegal immigrants?” The article was written by P. Jonsson, and it appeared in The Christian Science Monitor on December 22, 2011. Jonsson gives an account on a Latinos immigration lawsuit against Joe Arpaio’s Sheriff Department of Maricopa County in Arizona. In this article Jonsson elaborates and provides details of irregularities happening to the Latinos in that County for the past three years. Throughout this article Jonsson point out evidence where the Maricopa Sheriff Department abuses their power of authority to carry on their duties while targeting Latinos. It will also be pointed out how Joe Arpaio and his department handle the situation in order to make it look like they are just doing their job.
The first point that Jonsson mention is allegations in court by the Hispanic Plaintiffs state Sheriff Arpaio’s Maricopa Police Department is been engage for the past three years in what might have been illegal law enforcement practices towards Latinos. “Hispanic plaintiffs contend that Sheriff Arpaio is ignoring Constitutional Probable Cause Standards by targeting Latinos with traffic stops, during which they are asked about their immigration status” ( Jonsson, par.2). The strong line of evidence against Maricopa County suggests that the Hispanic plaintiffs have a solid argument. During this time frame 90 officers return their immigration officer badge, meaning they’re unable to perform anymore immigration work on top of their duties. The accusations points toward “Arpaio’s use of large-scale neighborhood “sweeps” where 1,500 people, mostly Hispanics, have been arrested in the last three years alone” don’t help the case much. (Jonsson, par.7)
Jonsson second point focused on how delicate and complex this case is even though there have been plenty of…