New York 12/16/2011 5:28:47 AM
News / Politics

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Accused of Civil Rights Abuses

The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, headed by Joe Arpaio is guilty of numerous civil rights violations.

Arpaio, nicknamed “America’s toughest sheriff,” and his deputies were investigated by the Justice Department which found they were guilty of practicing discrimination against Latinos and engaging in misconduct that violates individuals’ constitutional rights and federal laws.

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The finding of the investigation showed that Latinos are four to nine times more likely to be pulled over for a traffic stop than non-Latinos. The DOJ also stated that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office repeatedly conducted unlawful stops, detentions and arrests of Latinos.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s office is also facing allegations that they failed to thoroughly investigate sex crimes committed against Latinos. The sheriff’s office acknowledged that 432 cases of sexual assault or molestation were not investigated over a three year period ending in 2007.

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