The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says Tuesday that it hasn’t turned over records that the U.S. Department of Justice is requesting as part of a civil rights investigation.
The Justice Department threatened to sue the police agency if it didn’t turn over records by Tuesday.
Robert Driscoll, a lawyer for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, says he doesn’t expect such a lawsuit to be filed before he meets next week with Department of Justice officials.
The Justice Department is investigating Arpaio’s office for alleged discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and having English-only policies in his jails that discriminates against people with limited English skills.
Arpaio believes the inquiry is focused on his immigration efforts.