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La Raza prez: Arpaio is country’s ‘worst sheriff’

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio conducts a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Phoenix announcing that the murder of Maricopa County Sheriff Deputy William Coleman on Jan. 8th and the murder of a New Hampshire couple in Sedona, Ariz. earlier in the week were likely committed by the same man using the same weapon. The suspect in both slayings is Drew Ryan Maras, who was killed by return fire by Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, when Deputy Coleman was killed while answering a burglary call. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A prominent national advocacy group for Latinos has joined a call for the self-proclaimed “America’s toughest sheriff” to resign from office amid a wide range of civil rights violations, botched sex crimes investigations and other alleged abuses.

In a news conference Thursday in Phoenix, National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia called Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio “America’s worst sheriff” and says it’s time for him to resign.

Her group long has been critical of Arpaio but called for his resignation for the first time Thursday because Murguia says not enough has been done locally to remove him from office.

The five-term sheriff has raised more than $1.1 million in the past year for his re-election campaign.

His office says it doesn’t discriminate against Latinos.

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