Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio denies racial profiling as lawsuit heads to court | World news | guardian.co.uk
Arpaio has said the lawsuit is a politically motivated attack by the Obama administration as a way to court Latino voters in a presidential election year. Justice officials say the department began its initial civil rights inquiry of Arpaio’s office during the Bush administration and notified the sheriff of its formal investigation a few months after Obama took office. The plaintiffs, which include the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, aren’t seeking money damages and instead are seeking a declaration that Arpaio’s office racially profiles and an order that requires it to make changes to prevent what they said is discriminatory policing. If Arpaio loses the civil case, he won’t face jail time or fines. Arpaio declined to comment, and his lead attorney, Tim Casey, didn’t return a call seeking comment Wednesday.
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