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Holder vs. Arpaio: Grab the Popcorn

President Obama's Justice Department, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, is attacking Arizona again. This time, they're going after popular and duly elected Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is known as one of the only sheriffs in the country to enforce all illegal immigration laws. What is DOJ planning to sue Arpaio over? They are accusing him of racial profiling, of course. The DOJ has also requested officials be sent to oversee actions taken by Arpaio's deputies during traffic stops to ensure profiling doesn't take place and that civil rights aren't violated. Arpaio isn't buying it.

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Federal authorities said Wednesday they plan to sue an Arizona county sheriff and his office over allegations of civil rights violations, including the racial profiling of Hispanics.

The U.S. Justice Department has been seeking an agreement requiring sheriff Joe Arpaio office to train officers in how to make constitutional traffic stops, collect data on people arrested in traffic stops and reach out to Hispanics to assure them that the department is there to also protect them.

Arpaio has denied the racial profiling allegations and has claimed that allowing a court monitor would mean that every policy decision would have to be cleared through an observer and would nullify his authority.

Arpaio's defense:

"If they sue, we'll go to court. And then we'll find out the real story," he said. "There's lots of miscommunication emanating from Washington. They broke off communications.

"They're telling me how to run my organization. I'd like to get this resolved, but I'm not going to give up my authority to the federal government. It's as simple as that," Arpaio added.

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"They want to take me to court for political reasons."

"They want the feds to control everything I do.

Coincidentally, guess what group also believes Arpaio is violating "civil rights?" La Raza, a radical open border group.

The civil rights allegations have led some Arpaio critics to call for his resignation, including the National Council of La Raza.

 

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