Arizona’s bitter debate over a signature part of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul has sparked an investigation into lawmakers’ safety after at least nine legislators received a threatening email over Gov. Jan Brewer’s push to expand Medicaid access. The message referred to Second Amendment rights and shooting someone, but did not include any direct threats. It was sent to House Speaker Andy Tobin, who opposes the Medicaid expansion, and eight other Republican House members. State police are also investigating a voicemail left for Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, a Phoenix Republican who supports the Medicaid expansion.
Judge rules on profiling
A federal judge ruled Friday that the office of America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols, marking the first finding by a court that the agency racially profiles people. The 142-page decision by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow in Phoenix backs up allegations that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s critics have made for years that his officers violate the constitutional rights of Latinos in relying on race in their immigration enforcement. Snow, whose ruling came more than eight months after a seven-day, non-jury trial, also ruled Arpaio’s deputies unreasonably prolonged the detentions of people who were pulled over. The ruling represents a victory for those who pushed the lawsuit. They weren’t seeking money damages but rather a declaration that Arpaio’s office engages in racial profiling and an order that requires it to make policy changes.
COLLEGE PARK, GA.
Shuttle bus, truck collide
Eighteen people were taken to the hospital Friday, at least two in serious condition, after they were hurt in a crash between a hotel shuttle bus and a truck near Atlanta’s airport, officials said. Around 10 a.m. College Park police received calls about the crash on the road that loops around the world’s busiest airport. It appeared the shuttle struck the side of a tractor-trailer that was attempting a U-turn on the divided road, Sgt. Keith Stanley said. The engine block of the bus was smashed, and the windshield was cracked.
Compiled from wire reports.