The Justice Department said on Wednesday that it’s planning to file suit against Arpaio – alleging that America’s so-called toughest sheriff is violating the civil rights of Latinos. In settlement negotiations – the Justice Department offered a court-appointed monitor to train Arpaio’s officers in how to make constitutional traffic stops without violating civil rights – but Arpaio’s office refused – thus making a lawsuit inevitable.
Among the allegations lodged at Arpaio – include racially profiling Latinos, responding to racially charged citizen complaints, and punishing Spanish-speaking inmates. There’s also the separate issue of Arpaio’s office failing to investigate more than 400 sex-crimes – some including children – since 2007. Arpaio likes to call himself America’s Sheriff – but he has no idea what our nation’s values really are.