Records Show Discrimination Monitor Gets Millions to Create “Harsh” Climate for Cops, Many Leave

Demoralized law enforcement officers in Arizona’s most populous county are leaving in droves while a controversial police monitor gets millions of taxpayer dollars to scrutinize their agency over allegations of racial discrimination, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch. Maricopa County is paying a politically-connected firm called Warshaw and Associates big bucks to reprimand the sheriff’s department for immigration enforcement as permitted by key provisions of a state law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. So far, the county has paid Warshaw $10.9 million to oversee the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), a force of about 700 deputies.

The arrangement, ordered by a judge after a civil rights group filed a lawsuit, has created a “harsh environment with harsh standards,” according to agency sources interviewed by Judicial Watch. Monitors often “set up calls” dispatched as real radio calls for service for deputies to respond to see how they engage with minority contacts, sources say. Since Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, who advocates protecting illegal immigrants from deportation, took over in 2016 the agency has had a 10% attrition rate, the records obtained by Judicial Watch show. Ironically, one of the Warshaw monitors assigned to keep MCSO in check is a former Miami, Florida police chief embroiled in a federal corruption investigation. The former chief, Raul Martinez, was among several targets investigated by the feds for helping destroy evidence against drug smugglers, sharing bribes and skimming cash and drugs from seizures, according to a local newspaper report. Martinez invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before a grand jury.

To keep the taxpayer dollars flowing into its coffers, Warshaw must claim the agencies it monitors have work to do. In MCSO’s case, Warshaw asserts the law enforcement agency is only 40% compliant with the 2013 court order to end racial profiling. The records obtained by Judicial Watch show that Warshaw bills Maricopa County an average of $2.7 million annually, which breaks down to $227,000 per month or $7,000 per day. The documents also state that the county has approved over $5 million for MCSO monitoring in 2018, an increase of more than $2 million allocated for the cause in 2017. The county’s original contract with Warshaw runs for at least three years and can go much longer so the cash will keep flowing as long as Warshaw determines MCSO discriminates against minorities.

[Editor's endnote: We already know from insiders that morale at the MCSO is lower than it's ever been. We would think the goal of the current sheriff is to empty the agency of honest law enforcement. Continue reading here to see what you think. The swamp extends right into local agencies here in Arizona.]

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If they succeed in getting rid of good cops, it'll be a guarantee of a much higher crime rate.  Count on it. THEY are counting on it!

TIME TO RECALL PENZONE AND HAVE AN HONEST ELECTION OF MARICOPA VOTERS WITHOUT SOROS $'S BEING USED.....

Time to ignore over-reaching Liberal judges who mandate ridiculous and agenda-based requirements.  They should not be considered as above reproach and inviolable.  They clearly are not worthy of always making reasonable and fair decisions that might be in conflict with their Progressive paradigms.  But the Liberal Democrat Penzone is not the man to stand up to such interference, since he is cut from the same cloth, putting his pro-Amnesty and immigration philosophy over the welfare of this deputies and the citizens they protect.

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