Saturday, April 4, 2009

Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies defend themselves against charges of racial profiling

It is unlikely the Sheriff's Office would employ as many Hispanics as it does (I've heard more than their numbers representative to the general population) if the agency was engaging in racial profiling. Some excerpts from an article in the Arizona Republic -

With a Congressional hearing under way in Washington, Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies gathered Thursday in downtown Phoenix to dispute accusations of racial profiling.

About 20 deputies held a brief press conference in front of Phoenix City Hall to express outrage over the Congressional investigation into racial profiling by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

"We do not racially profile," said Deputy Gabriel Doster, who spoke to the media on behalf of the deputies attending. "We never have and we never will.

"It's extremely offensive . . . that we're being called racist."

Read the entire article

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