By The Right Scoop


Sheriff Arpaio asserts that, as always, he and his deputies only stop people in the normal course of their duties – if they don’t have a license, doesn’t speak english, or have guys stashed in the back of a van. He makes his strongest point when he says that the Obama administration has been investigating him for well over a year and they’ve found no wrong doing.

But none of this is good enough for Geraldo, as he jabs back at Arpaio by suggesting to Congressman Balart of Florida that if he were in Phoenix, Sheriff Arpaio would likely stop him because he looks latino. Note the sheriff’s non-verbal response:

UPDATE: To address the idea that this law allows law enforcement to stop people based on their race, here’s the exact legislation concerning that part:

1373(c). A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY NOT SOLELY CONSIDER RACE, COLOR OR NATIONAL ORIGIN IN IMPLEMENTING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SUBSECTION EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY THE UNITED STATES OR ARIZONA CONSTITUTION. A PERSON IS PRESUMED TO NOT BE AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES IF THE PERSON PROVIDES TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR AGENCY ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. A VALID ARIZONA DRIVER LICENSE.
2. A VALID ARIZONA NONOPERATING IDENTIFICATION LICENSE.
3. A VALID TRIBAL ENROLLMENT CARD OR OTHER FORM OF TRIBAL IDENTIFICATION.
4. IF THE ENTITY REQUIRES PROOF OF LEGAL PRESENCE IN THE UNITED STATES BEFORE ISSUANCE, ANY VALID UNITED STATES FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ISSUED IDENTIFICATION.

So basically, if race, color, or national origin is their only criteria for stopping someone, they can’t do it. They must have a ‘reasonable suspicion’ outside of this to stop and question someone of their citizenship status.


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  • Tyler

    Personally, I feel I would have to see this legislation to see exactly what it is that's any different than normal already because from what Sheriff Arpaio is saying…doesn't sound like you need new legislation to do what he's talking about.

    Of course, I think it all depends on what the law actually allows the police to do. Will it allow the cops to just turn the sirens on Latinos walking in the street and randomly asking them to pull out their licenses? If so, then I'm WITH the critics that cops shouldn't be allowed to do that. It's a blatant violation of the 4th Amendment, if that's the case.

    Personally, if Arizona really feels the need to take immigration into their own hands, then shouldn't they use their National Guard and push their Border Patrol guys to better secure the borders instead of being legally OBLIGED to racial profile people? I've read about Arpaio and I actually wish there were MORE sheriffs like him, but let's face it. There are a LOT of cops out there who probably ALREADY racial profile and such a legislation which encourages it would make it more rampant.

    So…we need to think long and think hard before we say that it's perfectly okay to pass what could potentially be “let's do more racial profiling.”

    That being said also…Geraldo IS an idiot and should NOT be the one having this discussion.

  • http://www.therightscoop.com/ therightscoop

    I updated it just for you man.

  • Tyler

    Then what about this legislation is new? Is it that they spend time in jail on the Arizona tax dollar instead of being deported back with federal tax dollars if they are found to be a border crosser?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/U7LQAHKQMWAXNV3PT4SPJ4ZKTY Danny

    I will respond to your earlier comment soon – sorry, things are hectic and I haven't been able to sit down in front of my computer all weekend.

  • Tyler

    No worries, Danny. I check this place pretty regularly, so I'll see it when I see it.

  • poptoy1949

    In my opinion this law passed by Arizona was a way to get the attention of the Federal Government to the problem on the border. IT IS A PROBLEM when American citizens are being killed on their own property by people that are not from this country by way of crossing the border illegally then there is indeed a problem of major concern. Protecting the borders is the primary responsibility of the Federal government. The Federal Government, at this point, is not doing what it should be doing and that is to seal our borders. I honestly believe that the present administration wants people to come across our borders in droves solely for the purpose of giving them amnesty in the future and secure their votes to help keep them in power.

  • poptoy1949

    I forgot to add….try and cross the border of Iran and watch what happens to you.

  • KeninMontana

    I think that Geraldo's issues stem from the rifle butt to the head he got from the soldier in Central America, I think it was El Salvador,back in his ABC years.