Sheriff Arpaio Blasts DOJ Over Lawsuit

    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 17:   Inmates walk as they are moved after being ordered by Maricopa County Sheriff Officer Joe Arpaio (R), looking on, to be placed into new housing to open up new beds for maximum security inmates on April 17, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. Arpaio has been facing criticism from Hispanic activists and lawmakers, alleging that Arpaio's crackdown methods on illegal immigrants involve racial profiling. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joe Arpaio

    Joshua Lott

    It was always highly unlikely Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio was going down without a fight. The prickly Arpaio lambasted the Department of Justice for filing a civil lawsuit against him, calling it a political move and a witch hunt. The DOJ released a report in December stating that Arpaio had violated the civil rights of Latinos in his jurisdiction by racially profiling them and unlawfully detaining them during raids. Federal officials tried to negotiate a settlement with Arpaio, but the talks fizzled after he refused to accept an independent monitor.

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