Washington Post -- For years, the Justice Department has investigated Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona. In December, the department accused Arpaio of violating the civil rights of Hispanics since at least 2006 by unlawfully stopping, detaining and arresting them. Then, for months, Justice officials tried to negotiate a settlement aimed at correcting the violations. When negotiations fell through, the department threatened to sue.[...]
The standoff came to a head Thursday when the Justice Department announced it had sued Arpaio, his office and Maricopa County for civil rights violations, including what it says is the long-standing racial profiling of Latinos.
Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas E. Perez said he was “left with no choice.”
“At its core, this is an abuse of power case involving Sheriff Arpaio and a sheriff’s office that disregarded the Constitution, ignored sound police practices and did not hesitate to retaliate against perceived critics in a variety of unlawful ways,” Perez said at a press conference in Phoenix .
The lawsuit against Arpaio and Maricopa County in an election year ratchets up the department’s battle with the states over civil rights, voting rights and immigration laws.
The Arpaio investigation is one of 17 probes the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has conducted of police and sheriff departments — the most in its 54-year history. At the same time, the civil rights division has blocked voter identification laws it says harm Hispanic and African American voters.[...]
At his own press conference Wednesday, Arpaio, who has denied the profiling allegations, shot back: “They’re telling me how to run my organization.” He added, “I’d like to get this resolved, but I’m not going to give up my authority to the federal government. It’s as simple as that.”
Blog author's comments - Now a suit by the DOJ against Arizona Sheriff Arpaio. This is another chapter in the ongoing saga between the Obama administration and the state of Arizona concerning illegal immigrants. The Department of Justice already has one suit pending against Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer, which was discussed recently by the Supreme Court of the United States. We should hear the outcome of this ruling possibly in June.
This latest suit against Arizona and this time Sheriff Joe Arpaio - this has also been a long battle - over the treatment of illegals by the sheriff. The Obama administration says that the civil rights of the illegals are being abused. I believe the sheriff is simply doing his job which he is paid to do. Because Arpaio refuses to obey and agree with the way Obama feels the illegals should be dealt with the DOJ will attempt to restrain him.
This is another political trick by the Obama regime pandering to the Hispanic/Latino vote. If anyone's rights are being violated it is the rights of the legal citizens of Arizona. Sheriff Arpaio is following the laws of our country. But, the Obama administration believes he is a deterrent against how they view the illegals -- as future Democratic Party voters.
Perhaps all of this may be a moot point depending upon how the Supreme Court rules next month.