Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the U.S. Department of Justice are meeting Monday in Phoenix in a bid to resolve allegations that the sheriff’s office has committed a wide range of civil rights violations.
The meeting marks the first time intended to resolve the case since 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.
The Justice Department wants Arpaio’s office to change its policies and incorporate more training.
Arpaio’s office has said that the Justice Department needs to provide proof to back up its allegations.