Ms. M.C. and her husband (both Hispanic) were driving their car when the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office was conducting a “protective sweep”.   Deputy Charley Armendariz alleged that he pulled Mr. C. over for a traffic violation and both Mr. C and Mrs. M.C. were combative and resisted arrest.  Both defendants insisted that there was no legal basis to be stopped and that the arresting officer was un-truthful in his allegations and was aggressive and combative with them, rather than the other way around. The jury found both Ms. M.C. and her husband not guilty of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

After being acquitted of these charges, Ms. M.C. and her husband took the facts of this traffic stop and arrest and joined a larger, Federal civil law suit against the Sherriff’s office that resulted in court ordered sanctions against the Sheriffs Office for their illegal racial profiling practice.

Deputy Charley Armendariz was later himself arrested on drug charges and engaged in a dramatic nine-hour standoff with police.  Many items of evidence were found in Deputy Armendariz’s property, including hundreds of driver’s licenses, ID cards, passports, credit cards, empty wallets and wallets filled with personal belongings, in addition to various illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.  Also in the Deputy’s possession were videos of his traffic stops he never turned into evidence.  Those videos became part of the Federal Racial Profiling case and clearly showed he was an abusive and untruthful officer.