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Arpaio: Feds have yet to inform him of violations

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says federal officials investigating racial profiling allegations against his office have yet to inform him of any constitutional violations by his deputies.

Arpaio says the Justice Department would have to take action to stop racial profiling if investigators had found such violations.

Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, expressed frustration over the length of the investigation and says he doesn’t expect it to be resolved until after his 2012 re-election campaign has concluded.

The Justice Department has been investigating Arpaio’s office since March 2009 for alleged discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and for having an English-only policy in his jails that discriminates against people with limited English skills.

Arpaio says the investigation is focused on his immigration patrols.

The Justice Department says it’s still investigating.

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2 comments

  1. The Justice Department is doing what it does best, threatening, intimidating,
    and then coming up empty handed.

    The Justice Department has nothing on the Sheriff and never will.

    You can’t indict a sitting Sheriff for obeying and following the laws.

    The sheriff has not always been politically correct, and that is one reason
    they are trying to take him down.

    Until the current Justice Department and the President will admit
    to endangering our country because of their failure to enforce
    immigration laws our country will be at risk, not because of the
    Sheriff, but because our current administration is a very liberal
    open border machine.

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