A civil trial against Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio’s anti-illegal immigration patrols began Thursday—and many consider it a prequel to the U.S. Justice Department’s case against Arpaio. Although the Justice Department is not involved in Thursday’s case, a lawyer from agency’s civil rights case watched the trial. In the current case, a group of Latinos have sued Arpaio for violating civil rights by racially profiling them. They are not seeking any monetary damages—they want a statement from Arapio’s office that their rights were violated and a requirement that the alleged discriminatory policies will be changed.
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