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DOJ Sues Sheriff Arpaio for Discrimination

May 10, 2012  | 

Photo: POLICE file
Photo: POLICE file

The Department of Justice filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday, setting up an election-year court battle between "America's Toughest Sheriff" and the Obama Administration.

The lawsuit claims the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has intentionally denied Latinos their constitutional rights. The lawsuit cited systemic racial profiling, sloppy and indifferent police work and a disregard for minority rights, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The DOJ threatened to sue Arpaio in early April, after the sheriff rejected an independent monitor. At the time, Sheriff Arpaio said he would not "surrender my office to the federal government."

Both Sheriff Arpaio and President Obama are facing an election in November.

Read the DOJ's press release here.


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Comments (19)

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Leonard Mather @ 5/10/2012 6:01 PM

Any time a LEO accomplishes what needs to be accomplished and his voters agree with him by keeping him in office, it is a morbid embarassment to the government with a hidden agenda. The current Obamessiah crowds need votes that Arpaio is stiffling by way of his operation. It is like a game of chess. I hope he stands firmly and continues.

TimFromLA @ 5/10/2012 7:00 PM

Good, it's time the pogues be responsible for selective enforcement

Louis Kranyak @ 5/10/2012 7:55 PM

Screw the DOJ...Why don't they go after real crime?

ocifer2649 @ 5/10/2012 8:48 PM

Give 'em hell Sheriff Joe. Everyone who wears a badge supports you!

CM @ 5/10/2012 10:25 PM

No, Sheriff Joe. Not everyone with a badge supports you. Every officer's actions are subject to review. You are no different. If you violated the law, you'll be held responsible. Just like the rest of us.

[email protected] @ 5/10/2012 10:27 PM

timthesheep, How is that with 30% of Maricopa County being Hispanic does the Sheriff keep getting re-elected? Ya think maybe because he's doing his JOB? Joe ain't perfect but at least he tries to enforce the State laws, unlike California that spends millions of taxpayer dollers keeping illegals happy. Just stay in L.A. where you belong.

Ron @ 5/11/2012 12:16 AM

Tim, it's past your nappy time!

Morning Eagle @ 5/11/2012 12:24 AM

holder's so-called justice dept has a lot of room to talk about racial discrimination since they indulge in it constantly. Dropping all charges against The New Black Panthers for just one glaring example.

Hang in there Sheriff Joe, the majority of us do support your efforts to enforce the law and make your jurisdiction safer for everyone.

Juan 10-13 @ 5/11/2012 4:53 AM

I got your back Sheriff Joe. You are not alone Sheriff Joe,we don't give in,we advance and overcome adversity.

scpdblue @ 5/11/2012 6:29 AM

Your brothers and sisters in blue stand behind you.. Obama just wants the Latino vote. If the federal government would do their job Sheriff Joe would not have enforce the law. Its time for some REAL change people Vote Obama out in Nov. and make Sheriff Joe the homeland security director.

Carl @ 5/11/2012 7:38 AM

Sheriff Arpaio. I just heard Perez talking about investigations etc in Maricopa County and about a lawsuit by the Federal Government.
I'm thinking there is no precedent for The Feds suing a state but be that as it may, I think you should use your lawyers (you have to have them anyway) to sue the Federal Government in a countersuit. You should countersue them for obstructing justice. I absolutely agree with you methods of not coddling prisoners and jailing them in such a way that they would not want to commit the same crimes in your county again. The Feds are surely overstepping their bounds when they not only enter your state and bypass state laws and come directly to a county within that state. Gotta be a law they are breaking in there somewhere. Sovereign State, Sovereign county maybe?

Jbad04 @ 5/11/2012 7:46 AM

Pleased to see that someone had the cajones to tell Eric "GunRunner" Holder and his Dept. of Selective Justice to stick it where the sun doesn't shine!

Scott from Florida @ 5/11/2012 9:45 AM

Anyone (Tim from LA) who believes the Justice Department is on moral ground on this issue is living with their head in the sand. The fact that our current President sided with a foreign nation (Mexico) against the right of a Sovereign State (Arizona) to protect it's border from invasion is a direct violation of the very oath he took when assuming the role as the leader of this Nation. Now, he is directly ties to the illegal running of guns to criminals and his man in charge walks around like he's oblivious to the incident. Going back, there is a video of Holder telling a group of people that he wants to change the culture when it comes to the perception of guns. Now he is the head of the DOJ and he files suit against the State of AZ and now the only one vocal about enforcing the very laws Holder and Obama have violated or flat out refused to enforce. Arpaio took a stand, followed the law and is now being targeted by our Federal Govt. One of many more examples of how this administration waists tax dollars on a daily basis and the Main Stream Press gives him a pass.

Valerie @ 5/11/2012 12:39 PM

Once again, Obama and his hand picked DOJ flunkie want to show that he is in charge!! People that really are, DON'T have to shove it down our throats! Sheriff Joe, thousands and thousands stand behind you!! Keep up the good work.

TripWire @ 5/13/2012 7:34 PM

Go Joe! The DOJ is going after Sheriff Joe, the Tea Party is being investigated by the IRS, Rush Limbaugh is being investigated by the FCC. Obama is circling the wagons.

clayton @ 5/14/2012 7:53 PM

Wow. Sheriff Joe, you must be doing something right to piss off the illegal Mexicans enough to get the drug lords lobbyist to pay for this law suit in a time of money crisis. I say good job......

clayton @ 5/14/2012 7:55 PM

What amount can I send to help fight communist rule ?

clayton @ 5/14/2012 7:55 PM

What amount can I send to help fight communist rule ?

Fed Cop @ 5/15/2012 7:08 AM

Sheriff Joe for US Attorney General!

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