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ACLU Responds to Justice Department’s Lawsuit Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today it would proceed with legal action against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“By bringing this suit, the Justice Department has taken an important step toward ending the rampant racial profiling and illegal stops by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office,” said Cecillia Wang, director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. “This development adds to the momentum as the ACLU and its partners will be going to trial against Sheriff Arpaio in July. We will put forward evidence we have uncovered over the past three years to prove that MCSO has systematically violated the rights of Latino residents of Maricopa County in the name of immigration enforcement. This kind of unconstitutional racial profiling must stop.”

The ACLU and partner organizations filed an amended complaint against Arpaio’s office in 2009. The trial is scheduled for July 19.


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