You knew it was coming. Well now it has happened. US Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpio and Maricopa County Sheriff Department on Thursday.
The Justice Department said in their lawsuit that the Maricopa County Sheriff Department did not comply with their requests for documents involving the arresting of Hispanics legal and illegal unfairly.
“The actions of the sheriff’s office are unprecedented,” said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the department’s civil rights division. “It is unfortunate that the department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities.”
For years there allegations of harassment by deputies of Maricopa Sheriff Department. To find out if the arrestees were legal or illegal. Civil rights groups including La Raza, American Civil Liberty Union(ACLU) investigated these claims which has led to lawsuits against Maricopa County.
Arpio constantly deny the claims. He wonders why the Obama Administration is suing him and the department after he says that he fully cooperated withe Justice Department.
“It surprises me because our lawyers have been meeting with the Justice Department officials the last week and we were cooperating,” Arpaio told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “Now all at once, I’m being sandbagged and they’re suing me.”
Arpio refused to handover other documents to the DOJ investigators. He claims that the DOJ refused to give a reason for the documents.
It’s been a year and half they’ve been investigating me and my office for alleged racial profiling. Nothing has happened. But why now?” he told Fox News. “They sued the state two months ago. They just filed another suit against some county schools. And now here I’m being sued.”
“So I think there’s a move afoot to go after Arizona because they don’t like us enforcing illegal immigration laws,” he added. “So they’re really going after the people of Arizona. The people of Arizona want something done and now they’re zeroing in with these lawsuits.”
This comes on the heels of a new Rassmusen Poll the found 81% of Arizonans supported the controversial portions of the Immigration Enforcement Act of 2010 better known as SB 1070.
It seems the Obama Administration has declared out and out war with the Copper State and the Valley of the Sun. This comes at a time that Washington,DC and the White House in not looked upon kindly. This will hurt Arizona Democrats at the Federal and possibably at the state level in the Midterm elections.
Not. Good. Not Good. At All.