Court Rules Arpaio Can’t Detain Suspects Based on Belief They’re Here Illegaly


Abby Rogers
Business Insider
September 27, 2012

Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, best known for his fights with undocumented immigrants, received quite a blow Tuesday from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The federal appeals court ruled Arpaio can’t detain suspects based only on his belief they are here illegally, Courthouse News Service reported Wednesday.

[...] The judges also found that the group of people suing Arpaio for his alleged racial profiling were likely to succeed in their suit, saying “mere unauthorized presence is not a criminal matter, [and] suspicion of unauthorized presence alone does not give rise to an inference that criminal activity is ‘afoot,’” according to CNS.

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