February 6, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers in Arizona for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and attorneys from the U.S. Justice Department plan Monday to meet for the first time to resolve federal accusations of civil rights violations against the department run by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The meeting would come nearly two months after the Justice Department released a scathing Dec. 15 report accusing the sheriff’s office of racially profiling Latinos, basing immigration enforcement on racially charged citizen complaints and punishing Hispanic jail inmates for speaking Spanish in Arizona’s most populous county.

Joseph Popolizio, one of the lawyers representing the sheriff’s office, wrote in a letter Wednesday to a DOJ official that the meeting was scheduled involving attorneys for both sides.

… Arpaio has long been known for launching traffic patrols that target illegal immigrants and raiding businesses suspecting of knowingly hiring illegal businesses.

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