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Ex-NY police chief picked to monitor MCSO

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PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

A federal judge has named a former police chief of Rochester, New York to monitor the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and ensure it is complying with a court order to avoid racial profiling.

Robert Warshaw was selected by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow. Warsaw has served as a monitor for police forces in Oakland, Calif. and Detroit, Michigan.

Warshaw was one of three candidates proposed by the ACLU.

A lawyer who pressed the lawsuit in court says she was pleased by the judge's selection.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he and attorney Tom Liddy don't know much about Warshaw, and that even though his name was submitted by his opponents, Warshaw is "the fed's guy" and not the ACLU's.

He said his office will do whatever it has to do as he and Liddy appeal the court's decision and order of reform.

"Maybe with all our experience, my over fifty years, and his experience, let's put it together and see what we come up with," said Arpaio.

Liddy said that even though Warshaw has been a monitor, it was for municipal entities, and that differs from Maricopa County because Arpaio was elected and not appointed. He said federal officials can't determine what an elected official can do.

"So for legal purposes, it's very different for a monitor to come in here and monitor the MCSO under these finite circumstances, as oppose to what may have happened in Oakland, California or Detroit, Michigan," said Liddy.

The legal director for the ACLU of Arizona, Dan Pochoda, said elected or appointed, no sheriff can violate the constitution.

"There's a lot to be done to change culture, to change practices. This is a large agency. There's significant costs involved. There's a lot to manipulate and it really requires the monitor to have a very hands on role," said Pochoda.

 

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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