When sheriff’s deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz hanged himself, he left behind a house full of questions.
Among the items at his house were a stash of drugs, evidence bags from old cases, hundreds of fake IDs and thousands of his video-recorded traffic stops that were withheld in a racial-profiling case against his boss, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Now, the quest for answers has raised the possibility that a yet-to-be-determined number of his cases could be thrown out and has refocused attention on Arpaio and his department, already under close watch by a federal monitor in the profiling case.
Much more at the link.
I’ll state at the outset that I don’t think there’s anything wrong with profiling. It’s ludicrous for TSA officers to be strip-searching old ladies and Swedes at airports, for instance. Needless to say, I don’t approve of an officer shaking down suspects.
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