Tucson, Ariz. – The United States Justice Department is filing an "unprecedented" lawsuit against Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County.
In announcing the legal action Thursday, a Justice Department official said that Sheriff Arpaio is refusing to cooperate with a federal investigation into allegations of discrimination and illegal searches and seizures by the department.
The Justice Department said it has been seeking documents relating to its civil-rights probe for 15 months and turned to a lawsuit only as a last resort, adding that this was the first time in 30 years that a police department had not cooperated with a civil-rights investigation.
"The actions of the sheriff's office are unprecedented," said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the civil-rights division, in a statement.
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Answer by Farmlady09 at 12:17 PM on Sep. 3, 2010
Sheriff Joe and his Sheriff department lawyers have said they have been cooperating, and have given the DJ everything they have asked for. So I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.
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Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:04 AM on Sep. 3, 2010
Meant to be busy work for the Sheriff
Just keep ignoring it! NOVEMBER!
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 11:10 AM on Sep. 3, 2010