Dep't. of Justice files civil rights lawsuit against AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio


The Obama administration planned to sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for targeting Latinos. Now they're finally following through.

It's about time:

PHOENIX (AP) -- Federal authorities sued America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff Thursday after months of negotiations failed to yield an agreement to settle allegations that his department racially profiled Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols. [...]

Arpaio's office is also accused of punishing Hispanic jail inmates for speaking Spanish and launching some patrols based on complaints about dark-skinned people congregating in a given area or speaking Spanish. A crime was never reported. [...]

One of the examples cited in the lawsuit was a Latino woman who is a U.S. citizen and was 5-months pregnant when she was stopped as she pulled into her driveway.

When the woman refused to sit on the hood of a car as the officer insisted, the officer pulled her arms behind her back, slammed her stomach first into the vehicle three times and dragged her to his patrol car. He shoved her into the back seat and made her wait for about 30 minutes without air conditioning, the lawsuit said.

What a compassionate law enforcer he is.

And let's not forget these sex crimes:

more than 400 sex-crimes reported to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office during a three-year period ending in 2007 — including dozens of alleged child molestations — that were inadequately investigated and in some instances were not worked at all, according to current and former police officers familiar with the cases.

Remember who else investigated Arpaio? Hint: Pre-2009. Bigger hint: The Bush administration.