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Court ruling doesn't apply to police ministers in Sheriff Joe's Gulag????

Apr 29, 2014

East Valley Tribune

I think we need to know more about these people who do
religious work in jails
Judge allows Arpaio to exempt some from mandate

Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:25 pm

Associated Press |

A federal judge is partially granting Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's request to exempt some sheriff's employees and volunteers from a requirement that they read a summary of key findings in a racial profiling case against the police agency.

But District Judge Murray Snow's approval is limited, only covering people who do volunteer teaching and religious work in jails and certain other individuals personally certified by Arpaio.

Those other individuals cannot include people involved in any official or off-duty law enforcement functions or who speak on behalf of the Sheriff's Office.

Snow previously ordered deputies, civilian employees and volunteers such as posse members to read the summary. He had concluded Arpaio mischaracterized a ruling in which Snow concluded that the agency racially profiled Latinos in its immigration and traffic patrols.