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    Sheriff Joe Arpaio sued by U.S. Justice Department

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio sued by Justice Department in civil-rights probe

    by Yvonne Wingett - Sept. 2, 2010 09:15 AM
    The Arizona Republic

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been sued by the U.S. Justice Department in civil-rights probe for refusing to cooperate with a civil-rights probe into police practices and jail operations.

    The federal lawsuit


    Arpaio said the lawsuit is disappointing given that he and his office were cooperating on the federal probe. "I thought we were really close to getting this resolved," the sheriff said.

    Arpaio also said he believes that the Justice Department knows full well his agency does not racially profile, and that's the reason the federal agency is taking him to court over records access -- rather than forcing the Sheriff's Office to change its practices through a consent decree. "I think this is just a ruse," he said of the lawsuit.

    Last week, an attorney for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said he wanted to cooperate with federal investigators, but would not automatically grant access to materials it considers beyond the scope of civil-rights laws.

    Justice officials decided to sue instead of waiting for Arpaio to cooperate. The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, also names the Sheriff's Office and Maricopa County.

    The lawsuit comes after weeks of back-and-forth letters between the agencies, threats to strip the county of federal funding, and a meeting in Washington last week among attorneys to discuss the investigation.

    A spokeswoman for the Justice Department has said it is unprecedented for an agency to refuse to cooperate with a Title VI investigation. This is the first time the agency is suing to compel access to documents and facilities.

    Since March 2009, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has been investigating Arpaio's operation amid accusations of discrimination and unconstitutional searches and seizures related to the sheriff's immigration-enforcement efforts.

    The investigation is being conducted under the authority of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids discrimination related to programs that receive federal funds.

    The sheriff's failure to cooperate could cost the county millions of dollars of federal funding. Last year, the county received $113 million in federal funds, according to county records; of that, the Sheriff's Office received $3.8 million. County officials must agree that they will not discriminate in order to receive those funds.

    Arpaio believes the inquiry is focused on his immigration sweeps, patrols where deputies flood an area of a city — in some cases heavily Latino areas — to seek out traffic violators and arrest other offenders.

    Critics say his deputies pull people over for minor traffic infractions because of the color of their skin so they can ask them for their proof of citizenship.

    Arpaio denies allegations of racial profiling, saying people are stopped if deputies have probable cause to believe they've committed crimes and that it's only afterward that deputies find many of them are illegal immigrants.

    The sheriff's office has said half of the 1,032 people arrested in the sweeps have been illegal immigrants.

    Last year, the federal government stripped Arpaio of his special power to enforce federal immigration law. The sheriff continued his sweeps through the enforcement of state immigration laws.

    Last year, the nearly $113 million that the county received from the federal government accounted for about 5 percent of the county's $2 billion budget. Arpaio's office said it receives $3 million to $4 million each year in federal funds.

    In a separate investigation, a federal grand jury in Phoenix is examining allegations that Arpaio has abused his powers with actions such as intimidating county workers by showing up at their homes at nights and on weekends.

    Includes information from The Associated Press

    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/ ... z0yOP70H42

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    I am so angry that the great Sheriff Joe Arpaio is being sued.

    Its just not right that the criminals get away with it, while wonderful people like Sheriff Arpaio gets railroaded.
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    Sheriff Joe: Thank-you! Please don't give in, I know you won't. Keep telling Holder and Obama -- those Traitorous, Aiding and Abetting, One World Order Globalists -- to go to he!!

    If they won't prevent the illegal invasion, Sheriff Joe will!!
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    PHOENIX, Sept. 2, 2010
    Justice Dept. Sues Controversial Ariz. Sheriff
    Feds Say Joe Arpaio withheld Records in Investigation of Discrimination against Hispanics
    U.S. May Sue AZ Sheriff in Profiling Probe
    Ariz. Sheriff Threatened with Justice Dept. Suit


    (AP) The U.S. Justice Department sued Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday, saying the Arizona lawman refused for more than a year to turn over records in an investigation into allegations his department discriminates against Hispanics.

    The lawsuit calls Arpaio and his office's defiance "unprecedented," and said the federal government has been trying since March 2009 to get officials to comply with its probe of alleged discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and having English-only policies in his jails that discriminates against people with limited English skills.

    Arpaio had been given until Aug. 17 to hand over documents it first asked for 15 months ago.

    Arpaio's attorney, Robert Driscoll, declined immediate comment on the lawsuit, saying he had just received it and hadn't yet conferred with his client.

    Arpaio's office had said it has fully cooperated in the jail inquiry but won't hand over additional documents into the examination of the alleged unconstitutional searches because federal authorities haven't said exactly what they were investigating.

    It's the latest action against Arizona by the federal government, which earlier sued the state to stop its strict new immigration law that requires police officers to question people about their immigration status.

    "The actions of the sheriff's office are unprecedented," said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the department's civil rights division. "It is unfortunate that the department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities."

    The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix and names Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and the county.

    Arizona's new law — most of which a federal judge has put on hold — mirrors many of the policies Arpaio has put into place in the greater Phoenix area, where he set up a hot line for the public to report immigration violations, conducts crime and immigration sweeps in heavily Latino neighborhoods and frequently raids workplaces for people in the U.S. illegally.

    Arpaio believes the inquiry is focused on his immigration sweeps, patrols where deputies flood an area of a city — in some cases heavily Latino areas — to seek out traffic violators and arrest other offenders.

    Critics say his deputies pull people over for minor traffic infractions because of the color of their skin so they can ask them for their proof of citizenship.

    Arpaio denies allegations of racial profiling, saying people are stopped if deputies have probable cause to believe they've committed crimes and that it's only afterward that deputies find many of them are illegal immigrants.

    The sheriff's office has said half of the 1,032 people arrested in the sweeps have been illegal immigrants.

    Last year, the federal government stripped Arpaio of his special power to enforce federal immigration law. The sheriff continued his sweeps through the enforcement of state immigration laws.

    Last year, the nearly $113 million that the county received from the federal government accounted for about 5 percent of the county's $2 billion budget. Arpaio's office said it receives $3 million to $4 million each year in federal funds.

    In a separate investigation, a federal grand jury in Phoenix is examining allegations that Arpaio has abused his powers with actions such as intimidating county workers by showing up at their homes at nights and on weekends.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/09/ ... 9620.shtml
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    Department of Justice
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    Thursday, September 2, 2010

    Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office For Refusing Full Cooperation With Title VI Investigation

    WASHINGTON – The Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Maricopa County, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for refusing full cooperation with the department’s investigation of alleged national origin discrimination in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI prohibits discrimination in programs that receive federal funds, and also requires grant recipients to cooperate with investigations of discrimination by providing access to documents, facilities and staff. MCSO signed contractual assurance agreements as a condition of receiving federal funds, and promised that it would cooperate with investigations of alleged discrimination.

    The department filed today’s lawsuit after exhausting all cooperative measures to gain access to MCSO’s documents and facilities, as part of the department’s investigation of alleged discrimination in MCSO’s police practices and jail operations. Since March 2009, the department has attempted to secure voluntary compliance with the department’s investigation. MCSO’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation makes it an extreme outlier and the department is unaware of any other police department or sheriff’s office that has refused to cooperate in the last 30 years.

    “The actions of the sheriff's office are unprecedented. It is unfortunate that the department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities,
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