the United States has attempted to secure Defendants’ voluntary cooperation with the United States’ investigation of alleged national origin discrimination in Defendants’ police practices and jail operations.
Despite notice of their obligation to comply in full with the United States’ requests for information, Defendants have refused to do so.
Defendants’ refusal to cooperate with reasonable requests for information regarding the use of federal funds is a violation of Defendants’ statutory, regulatory, and contractual obligations.
The complaint goes on, and lists an almost weekly refusal by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) which included this:
On July 7, 2009, Defendant Arpaio held a press conference and announced publicly that MCSO would not cooperate with the United States’ investigation, either by providing documents or permitting interviews with personnel.
Now, this is still America, and Sheriff Arpaio operates within a county and a state, so I would assume there would eventually be an order from that county or state to comply, and there was:
In a letter dated August 5, 2010, MCSO refused to cooperate in full with DOJ’s investigation of both MCSO police practices and jail operations.
On August 12, 2010, Maricopa County acknowledged the obligation of federal fund recipients to cooperate with DOJ investigations, and directed MCSO to fully cooperate in any DOJ Title VI inquiry.
MCSO responded to Maricopa County the next day and refused to comply with Maricopa County’s instruction.
Maricopa County has been unable to compel MCSO to produce all of the requested documents, and is unable to secure access to MCSO’s facilities and staff.
The county has been “unable to secure access to MCSO’s facilities and staff”.
Here’s the sheriff’s website. Sheriff Joe holds guided tours of his jail facilities.
Sheriff Arpaio has added a few improvements at the Tents Jail, including two Sky Watch Towers for security, stun fences around the perimeter, and facial recognition computer software for inmate identification. K-9 units and patrol deputies have been added for additional security. The Classification Unit conducts background checks on inmates before they are housed in the tents, so that dangerous or predatory individuals are not placed there.
Scheduling tours: Group tours of the internationally famous Tents Jail can be scheduled in advance by calling: 602-876-5551
. Adults only (ages 18 and over)
. Tours will be conducted by Tents jail staff
. Group size: up to 20 adults
. Time and date availability to be determined by Tents Jail Administration
. Dress standards apply. (Business casual is appropriate.)
He won’t allow the county to secure DOJ access, but he’ll allow “tours” as long as Tents Jail Administration control when you’re in there and what you see and you’re wearing business casual.