Several Somos America members and organizations participated in the investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio by the Department of Justice. After a long investigation, Sheriff Arpaio was no longer allowed to arrest “brown people” based on the believe that they were here illegally. Much to the dismay of the Department of Justice and the ACLU, the arrests continued. The Sheriff refused to obey the directive. Eventually, a compromise was negotiated betw3een Sheriff Arpaio and the Department of Justice. Sheriff Arpaio did not comply with the directives given to him and that eventually brought on a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union. Later the DOJ, joined the lawsuit since Sheriff Arpaio was not following their directives. Since he failed to comply with the court and with the DOJ, the DOJ joined the ACLU in the federal lawsuit known as Melendrez vs. Arpaio.
Find more details on the ACLU website here. You can also read the civil docket here. Go here for just the order finding former Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt, called the “Finding of Facts & Conclusion of Law”.
Somos America is the only organization that is a plaintiff in the Melendres vs. Arpaio case. We participate in monitoring portion of this case and participate in the process though questioning and suggesting where the team should focus. Recently, we submitted a list of remedies for Judge G. Murry Snow to consider. We work directly with the ACLU and the Community Advisory Board.
Learn more about the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona here.
The Community Advisor Board (CAB) was created in 2013 by federal district court Judge Murray Snow as part of the Melendres v. Arpaio class-action lawsuit. Learn more about the CAB here.