Feds Call Off Criminal Probe of Sheriff Joe
But lawsuits continue over Arpaio's alleged civil rights violations
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2012 6:27 AM CDT
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.   (AP Photo/Dave Seibert, The Arizona Republic)

(Newser) – Federal prosecutors will not be charging infamously tough Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio with abuse of power, reports the AP. Arpaio and his allies had been feuding for three years with other officials in Maricopa County, with the sheriff bringing public corruption cases against officials who disagreed with him. Those cases never succeeded, and in return the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors had asked for an investigation of Arpaio's office in November 2010.

"I said all along I would be cleared in this case," said Arpaio, reports Reuters. "My people are not crooks. They are trying to do their job." However, the US Justice Department lawsuit against Arpaio for alleged civil rights violations will continue, as will a class action lawsuit by five people of Hispanic heritage alleging Arpaio engaged in racial profiling.

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PROUDSTRONGandBLACK
Sep 2, 2012 1:54 AM CDT
Sherrif Joe is motivated by racism. This much is clear. The USA has no right to keep people of color from entering this country, but still it does so anyhow.
Ultraworld
Sep 1, 2012 6:10 PM CDT
This is all politics.
JMullins
Sep 1, 2012 3:01 PM CDT
" will a class action lawsuit by five people of Hispanic heritage alleging Arpaio engaged in racial profiling." Sounds like someone else is doing some racial profiling.