Talks break down between DOJ, Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Maricopa County sheriff on next steps
- Duration 4:30
- Date Apr 4, 2012
Maricopa County sheriff on next steps
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Well there's a new twist in the showdown between the department of justice and Maricopa County sheriff Joseph Arpaio of Arizona.
Arpaio is known for his tough stance on crime.
He makes his inmates Wear pink -- -- -- gains and the Justice Department alleges he engages in racial profiling a charge the sheriff denies.
The DOJ wants Arpaio to allow an independent monitor to oversee.
Behavior with in his office but after months of back and forth sheriff says that's not gonna happen.
And now the Justice Department says negotiations are off and there had to court.
Joining us now sheriff Joseph -- -- thank you very much for being -- -- our viewers know you've been engaged in a long.
Discussion with the DOJ they -- allegations you denied them like all litigants and any potential case you've been trying to negotiate something.
And they said well anything we negotiate.
In terms of changing G you'll make this independent monitors got to oversee them in your office to make sure it's it's the jets why is that a deal breaker for you.
Well first of -- India elected constitutional.
Sheriff fire report to the for a million people.
In this colony.
And I'm not going to be controlled by the federal government because they -- like the way I enforce the illegal.
And it's really interested they're cracking down right now I presume we're in -- election year you know they started this three and a half years ago.
Hundred days after Obama took office say one -- to me -- their poster boy.
But it started in 2008 under President Bush investigation called it it it did not started a hundred days -- general -- There is a former mayor that made a complaint to the Justice Department.
But it was the Obama administration -- start of the investigation.
So they can give all the hype they want for political reasons.
But I you know I'd try to negotiate.
I spent fifty years in law enforcement many years as a top law enforcement official with the Department of Justice.
So I like to get this all over whip but they don't want it they want to take me to court.
And for political reasons only you know what I say I'll be glad to go to court they'll have to put the facts on the table which -- refuse.
-- give me any information.
Also call allegations.
They say that their findings show.
Latino drivers are fourth to nine times more likely to be stopped the non Latinos.
By your officers that once the folks are taken to jail.
Hispanics are punished if they fail to understand commands an English they're denied access to basic services like new clothes those are just some of the allegations that they say they.
They won an independent monitor to it to be there to make sure it doesn't happen again.
No they don't do this monitor they want the feds to control everything I do.
-- first of all why -- they give us the information that they.
Say they have 122 page report that's all they did it and went public -- -- December 15.
Whether they -- -- -- information so we can tell them.
What the true story is and we have rectified some of the problems they don't want to tell them.
We have given them millions of pages of documents but you know this is a one way street -- them.
They want to take me to court to send a message.
And they've been investigating twenty other departments.
Recently his civil rights unit in -- Department of Justice.
Now I don't just try to do my job sorry I didn't mean in caricature I know that you noting that the timing of this smacks of political -- -- -- an election year we're not that far from November.
But I want to ask you because they seem to be suggesting the thing that is making the negotiations break down.
Is your this is there your batteries it -- characterization or sudden objection.
To having this independent monitor something that you hadn't objected to before so they -- that it's you who's making the conflict conduit that it.
Garbage that is garbage site publicly in the past that I will never give in.
To a controlled by the federal government that is falls which many others statements they make -- falls that's not true.
Where you see the sending sheriff.
I don't know if we go to court and that's great.
Then we'll see the true story come out quite frankly I don't think -- wanna go to court they don't have the evidence so we'll see.
What is it's a poker game they wanna go to court will be glad to meet him in court.
Sheriff Joseph Arpaio thank you -- Thank you.
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