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Arizona sheriff attacking Barack Obama’s birth certificate faces racial profiling lawsuit

Posted by satyrikon στο Ιουλίου 19, 2012

Originally posted on National Post | News:

PHOENIX — For six years, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America has vehemently denied allegations that his deputies racially profile Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols.

Now Joe Arpaio, the sheriff in Arizona’s most populous county, will have to convince a federal judge who is presiding over a lawsuit that heads to trial on Thursday and is expected to last until early August.

The plaintiffs say Arpaio’s officers based some traffic stops on the race of Hispanics who were in vehicles, had no probable cause to pull them over and made the stops so they could inquire about their immigration status.

The lawsuit will serve as a bellwether for a similar yet broader civil rights lawsuit filed against Arpaio in May by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Arpaio has said the lawsuit is a politically motivated attack by the Obama administration as a way to court Latino voters in…

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