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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:33 PM
Citing the cause to be violation of civil rights laws by targeting Latinos in order to crack down on undocumented workers, the case is on. State after State has become more strict with immigration laws, thrusting into the spotlight the extreme measures politicians are taking to gain notoriety or to forge through with their own agenda.
Arpaio is no stranger to ethics violations. The tough Sheriff’s department has been “under investigation by federal authorities since 2008 during the Bush administration. Obama’s Justice Department spent months fighting for access to documents and to some of his deputies.”
The administration’s Justice Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have been in settlement talks for months over allegations that officers regularly made unlawful stops and arrests of Latinos, used excessive force against them and failed to adequately protect the Hispanic community.
Those negotiations have broken down because of a fight over the Justice Department’s demand that an independent monitor be appointed by a federal court to oversee compliance with the settlement, which has now reached 128 pages in draft form, according to the Obama administration.
“We believe that you are wasting time and not negotiating in good faith,” Roy Austin, deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said in a letter to the lawyer for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).
So, profiling and discrimination is bad? We knew that. But, Arpaio still doesn’t:
Sheriff Joe responds, “I will not surrender my office to the Federal Government.”
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