Target: U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow
Goal: Applaud judge for requiring a racist police sheriff to take a training on racial profiling
A judge in Arizona has now ordered Sheriff Joe Arpaio to attend special anti-bias training to combat his habit of racial profiling. Arpaio was already required to attend the training as a part of a ruling which found that the sheriff’s office relied heavily on these racist tactics during street and traffic stops. However, Arpaio failed to attend the training sessions and has openly defended the profiling of Latino individuals in the state. Judge Snow therefore issued a direct order for Arpaio to attend the training.
The U.S. has long had a problem with racial profiling all across the country. The state of Arizona, however, took it to a new level when it effectively legalized unconstitutional racial profiling of Latino persons. The law requires police officers to check the citizenship status of any individual that gives them “reasonable suspicion” of being undocumented. “Reasonable suspicion,” of course, is so poorly defined that it can easily include physical characteristics and other racist stereotypes. Human rights organizations have been fighting this law even since its implementation, including with petitions like ForceChange’s “Stop Racial Profiling in Arizona.”
Thanks to the efforts of this community and others, politicians and judges began to take the issue seriously. Judge Snow is a fine example of one of those people, and he deserves our support for his continuous efforts to fight against the racist policing policies in Arizona. Sign this petition to thank him for keeping up the fight by ordering Sheriff Arpaio to attend anti-bias training.
Dear Judge Snow,
I’ve recently learned that you ordered Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to attend anti-bias training due to his reliance on racist, unconstitutional racial profiling. I understand that you required the training in a previous ruling, but Arpaio defied you by failing to attend. This kind of behavior is unacceptable for any officer of the law, but especially for one of his rank. I wanted to thank you for following up and issuing this additional order for the sheriff to ensure that he attends the training.
The racial profiling problem in Arizona was fairly serious before the new law requiring police officers to profile Latino individuals. Though the law was upheld, citizens and officials such as yourself understand that racial profiling of any kind is unconstitutional as well as morally wrong. Nobody should be subject to attention from the police simply because they look a certain way. This law encourages racism and hatred of both immigrants and the Latino community at large. It’s essential that we do everything we can to fight policies like this that cause so much harm and set a dangerous legal precedent.
I want to thank you for all of your continuous efforts to reduce racism and racial profiling within Arizona’s police forces. It’s so important that the Latino community have allies like you in positions of power who will not only stand up for them, but follow through when individuals like Sheriff Arpaio refuse to listen. You have my full support, and I hope you will continue the fight against anti-immigrant racism.
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