USDOJ Goes after Sheriff Joe
Will anything come of this? That’s the real question.
Assistant US Attorney General Thomas Perez told a news conference on Thursday: “We have invariably been able to work collaboratively with law enforcement agencies to build better departments and safer communities.”
He added that Sheriff Arpaio’s Maricopa County office had been “a glaring exception”.
In one case cited by the lawsuit, a sheriff’s officer stopped a Latino woman - a US citizen who was five months pregnant - as she pulled into her driveway and insisted she sit on the hood of her car.
“When she refused, the officer grabbed her arms, pulled them behind her back, and slammed her, stomach first, into the vehicle three times,” the suit said.
The woman failed to show she had motor insurance, but the matter was resolved when she provided such proof to a court, the lawsuit said.