Rev. Sharpton joins immigration activists in Phoenix federal court
Reverend Al Sharpton joined immigration activists in Federal Court to hear the judge discuss what actions the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office is taking and needs to take light of a profiling judgment against the department.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow set a August date for the Sheriff's Office and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to make changes in the department's policies. Attorneys said they were confident they could resolve the legal issues cited in the Judge's May ruling.
Activists have claimed for years that the traffics, which were part of the Sheriff department's crime suppression efforts targeted Hispanics and jail practices. Sheriff Joe Arpiao has maintained they were following the training given to his department by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Members of several groups packed the courtroom while other waited outside holding signs and wearing t-shirts which expressed their views.
The Rev. Al Sharpton arrived and went directly to the courtroom without speaking to anyone. He appeared after the hearing and addressed the crowd. He said that it was a "job well done" but was going to wait until it was all over to pop the campaign bottles.
Lawyers for both sides will be back in court in middle to late August to discuss possible solutions.