An April 14 deadline has been set for lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the U.S. Department of Justice to complete their attempt to resolve allegations that the sheriff’s office has committed a wide range of civil rights violations.
The Justice Department released a report in mid-December that accused Arpaio’s office of racially profiling Latinos, basing immigration enforcement on racially charged citizen complaints and punishing Hispanic jail inmates for speaking Spanish.
The sheriff has denied the allegations and called the report a politically motivated attack by the Obama administration.
A Monday meeting between attorneys on both sides marks the first settlement talks since the Justice Department released its findings. The department wants Arpaio’s office to change its policies and incorporate more training.