PHOENIX — Lawyers for Sheriff Joe Arpaio will appeal a judge’s October
order that a court-appointed monitor oversee the Maricopa County Sheriff’s
Office, among other things.
A federal judge in Phoenix ruled in May that the sheriff’s office and Arpaio
singled out Latinos and that deputies unreasonably prolonged detentions.
In October, the judge ordered the appointment of an independent monitor and a
community advisory board to ensure compliance with constitutional requirements.
Arpaio’s lawyers in a motion filed this week said they will appeal the order.
The May ruling came after a small group of Latinos sued the sheriff’s office
for violating their constitutional rights, saying they were being detained
simply because of their race.
Arpaio’s office had opposed the appointment of a monitor, arguing it would
undermine his authority.