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Arpaio faces Friday deadline in DOJ civil rights suit

In this Dec. 21, 2011 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to the media in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lawyers face a Friday deadline for responding in court to the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights lawsuit against the sheriff’s office.

Arpaio’s office is accused of carrying out a pattern of discrimination against Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols and having a culture of disregard for basic constitutional rights.

The Justice Department filed its lawsuit nearly a month ago in federal court after settlement talks were called off when the sheriff refused to agree to a court-appointed monitor who would help enforce a settlement of the civil rights allegations.

The sheriff has said the lawsuit was a politically motivated attempt by the Obama administration to win favor with Latino votes in a presidential election year and denied allegations of systematic discriminatory policing.

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  1. I DO NOT feel that Joe Arpaio or the dept has any descriminations against any race. He is just going by the law and enforcing the laws in which we ALL have to abide.

  2. Sheriff Joe Arpaio does NOT discriminate against race/ gender or religion.

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