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Forum about Arpaio’s office set for Tuesday

(Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Latino and black leaders will hold a forum in Phoenix Tuesday night to gather public input on what sort of agreement the U.S. Justice Department should strike with Sheriff Joe Arpaio to settle civil rights allegations against the police agency.

County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, one of the forum’s organizers, says comments made at the forum at Carl Hayden Community High School will be considered for a report that will be presented as both sides try to negotiate a resolution.

The Justice Department has accused Arpaio’s office of racially profiling Latinos and basing immigration enforcement on racially charged citizen complaints.

The sheriff’s office says it doesn’t discriminate against Latinos and is negotiating to resolve the allegations, but is prepared to go to court if the Justice Department files a lawsuit.

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