New sheriff eyes police brutality, SB 1070

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-9-15-50-amBy Mason Callejas | inMaricopa

The tide of the 2016 election has brought with it changes and new faces for Pinal County, and amid the frothy wash a new sheriff will stroll into town, Republican Mark Lamb.

When Lamb, who defeated Democrat Kaye Dickson in the November election, takes office in January he will face a national discourse on police brutality and discrimination. For the state of Arizona, however, this discourse is shaded by one of Arizona’s most controversial laws — Senate Bill 1070.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, under pressure from a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights organizations, issued an opinion attempting to establish a non-discriminatory enforcement standard for the law, which has already in part been overturned by the Supreme Court. The opinion was part of a lawsuit settlement agreement.

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