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7 sheriff’s officials to be deposed in lawsuit

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and six other sheriff’s officials are scheduled to be deposed in the coming weeks in a lawsuit that accuses deputies of racially profiling Hispanics in immigration patrols.

The depositions are scheduled to begin Monday and end Nov. 19.

The handful of Latinos who filed the lawsuit alleged that officers based some traffic stops on the race of Hispanics who were in vehicles, had no probable cause to pull them over and made the stops so they could inquire about their immigration status.

Arpaio denies the allegations and says people pulled over in the patrols were approached because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes.

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