Community meeting on MCSO (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office) reform


    Hosted by ACLU of Arizona.

    “In 2014, the Honorable G. Murray Snow appointed Chief (Ret.) Robert S. Warshaw as the monitor in the U.S. District Court case, Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, et al., v. Joseph M. Arpaio, et al. In that case, the court found that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) unconstitutionally relied on race during traffic stops of Latinos in Maricopa County.

    On Wednesday, April 19th, Chief Warshaw will hold a public meeting where he will explain his role as a representative of the Court, answer questions, listen to community members’ experiences and concerns regarding the MCSO’s policies and practices, and inform community members of any significant actions that the MCSO has taken to implement reform.

    Spanish translation and bi-lingual members of Chief Warshaw’s staff will be available.

    En 2014, el Honorable G. Murray Snow nombró Jefe (Ret.) Robert S. Warshaw como monitor en el caso del Tribunal de Distrito de EE.UU., Manuel de Jesús Ortega Melendres, et al., v. Joseph M. Arpaio, et al. En este caso, el tribunal determinó que la Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Maricopa (MCSO) se valió del perfil racial en una forma inconstitucional durante paradas de tráfico de latinos.

    El Miércoles, 19 de Abril, el monitor llevará a cabo una reunión pública en la que explicará su papel como representante de la corte, responderá a preguntas, escuchará las experiencias y preocupaciones con respecto a las políticas y prácticas del MCSO, e informará a los miembros de la comunidad de las acciones significativas que la agencia ha tomado para aplicar la reforma.

    Habrá traducción en español y miembros bilingües del equipo del monitor estarán disponibles.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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