Federal Court Puts Halt to Illegal Traffic Stops of Latinos in Maricopa County

Court Also Certifies Class Action by Latino Drivers and Passengers and Paves Way for Trial on Race Discrimination FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org PHOENIX – A federal district court has put a halt to the systematic practice by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of stopping and arresting Latinos based only on suspicion of unlawful presence in the United States and without any evidence of criminal activity, ruling that such detentions violate constitutional guarantees against unreasonable search and seizure. U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow also ruled on Dec. 23