Sheriff’s Arpaio’s Office Targeted Latinos, U.S. Says – NYTimes.com

Sheriff’s Arpaio’s Office Targeted Latinos, U.S. Says – NYTimes.com.

U.S. Finds Pervasive Bias Against Latinos by Arizona Sheriff

PHOENIX — In a strongly worded critique of the country’s best-known sheriff, the Justice Department on Thursday accused Sheriff Joe Arpaio of engaging in “unconstitutional policing” by unfairly targeting Latinos for detention and arrest and retaliating against those who complain.

After an investigation that lasted more than three years, the civil rights division of the Justice Department said in a 22-page report that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which Mr. Arpaio leads, had “a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos” that “reaches the highest levels of the agency.” The department interfered with the inquiry, the government said, prompting a lawsuit that eventually led Sheriff Arpaio and his deputies to cooperate.

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