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News Posted on July 23, 2012

Dean Johnson Comments on Racial Profiling Suit for National Public Radio

Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for the Arizona-based National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ on a class action lawsuit filed against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio claiming that the sheriff's office systematically targets Latinos.

Cases that allege racial profiling are difficult to prove, Dean Johnson said.  "It is not just a discriminatory impact, the plaintiffs have to show," he said. "They have to show an affirmative, discriminatory intent by the officials, including Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office directed at Latinos."

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.

KJZZ report