Democracy Now: DOJ to File Civil Rights Suit Against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

The Justice Department has confirmed plans to sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for civil rights violations including the racial profiling of Hispanics. A DOJ probe late last year accused Arpaio of targeting Hispanic residents, illegally detaining them and then denying them basic rights behind bars. Settlement talks between Arpaio and federal officials broke down last month over Arpaio’s resistance to allowing an independent monitor of his department. On Wednesday, the DOJ said it had provided Arpaio with a “notice of intent to file civil action.” Arpaio says he will fight the suit.


~ by wheresthemic on May 10, 2012.

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