Justice Department: Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Bred a “Culture of Disregard” for Latino Rights

The U.S. Department of Justice released findings of a three-year-long investigation of how Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s consistently violated the constitutional rights of Latinos in his Arizona jurisdiction.

Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said today that Arpaio’s department generated a “culture of disregard” for the constitutional rights of Latinos. The problem, Perez said, is rooted in a sheriff’s office that breeds an environment where deputies can disregard the Constitution.

The Arizona Republic reports:

According to Perez’s letter, investigators accused Arpaio and his staff of a widespread pattern or practice of discriminating against Latinos. That treatment, he wrote, flows from the top echelons of the Sheriff’s Office and has compromised its ability to provide quality law enforcement to county residents.

Image courtesy of Caleb Alvarado via Flickr.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is Director of Legal Services at CARECEN and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra University. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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