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Arizona racial profiling costs taxpayers $21M

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Taxpayers in metropolitan Phoenix are expected to pay out an estimated $21 million over the next year and a half for changes ordered in response to a court ruling that found an Arizona sheriff's office racially profiled Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols.

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Arpaio suspends immigration efforts

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)

An Arizona sheriff who led the way for local police across the country to take up immigration enforcement is reconsidering his crackdowns — and other law enforcement officials who followed his lead are expected to eventually back away, too.

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Recall bid against Arpaio faces tough odds

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)

Volunteers set up a table outside a music festival one day last month to gather signatures for a drive to oust the notoriously polarizing sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix. The venue, with its largely liberal crowd, seemed the perfect place to drum up support.

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