Thursday, September 2, 2010

Feds Suing Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio In Civil Rights Probe

There's a reason why I like this guy as I have said before, partly because I used to live in the Phoenix Metro Area and a reason why he is called the "Toughest Sheriff in the US". Here is a guy who is actually doing his job and enforcing the laws, especially immigration, and the Feds just keep trying to take him down. If the Government would had done theirs, there wouldn't be a problem. Besides, if they are illegal, they have no rights here in my opinion. I pay dues and abide by the law everyday and here you got illegals crapping all over us and they are taken care of better than the average everyday person. It isn't fair. Keep going Joe!

Yahoo!/AP: The U.S. Justice Department sued Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday, saying the Arizona lawman refused for more than a year to turn over records in an investigation into allegations his department discriminates against Hispanics.

The lawsuit calls Arpaio and his office's defiance "unprecedented," and said the federal government has been trying since March 2009 to get officials to comply with its probe of alleged discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and jail policies that discriminate against people with limited English skills

Arpaio had been given until Aug. 17 to hand over documents the federal government first asked for 15 months ago.

Arpaio called the Justice Department actions harrassment at a news conference Thursday morning in downtown Phoenix. His office has said it won't hand over additional documents because federal authorities haven't said exactly what they were investigating.

"They have hundreds of thousands of reports, hundreds of thousands," Arpaio said. "They're so broad, we're trying to narrow it down. We're trying to work with them."

The lawsuit is the latest action against Arizona by the federal government, which earlier sued the state to stop its strict new immigration law that requires police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are in the country illegally.

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