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-- Arizona sheriff Joseph Arpaio is the self proclaimed toughest sheriff in America and he's known far and wide for -- very tough stance and he's taken in his home state of Arizona.
Against illegal immigration and for criminal punishment.
He's now the one that's headed though to the defense area of the courtroom and he is sets test back today.
In a class action racial discrimination lawsuit against the Maricopa county sheriff's department we -- NASA's live.
LA bureau with some more on this right now -- so what exactly does this suit claimed that share that sheriff Arpaio and his deputies are guilty up.
-- suit -- filed Martha by the ACLU in the Mexican American legal defense phony claims that the sheriff racially -- Latinos in attempt to root out illegal immigrants.
It does not seek money but wants -- sheriff to agree to an outside monitor.
And admit that he engaged in a pattern of discrimination.
And therein lies the danger a loss here would number one make it easier for the federal government.
To win its civil rights case against Arpaio and effectively take over his department to.
It would allow Hispanic victims to recover monetary damages three.
Who would likely nullified hundreds of existing cases against Hispanic defendants and finally politically -- -- judgment would likely damage the sheriff's reelection chances.
-- your supporter it -- if you will the legacy of one of the State's longest serving sheriff's.
So that's sort of discusses a pattern of behavior that they're trying to establish -- specific examples of how this alleged discrimination.
Well the case revolves around -- gonna suppression or saturation patrols that technique that police using high crime areas where they ticking -- -- taillight or littering.
Well the suit alleges that he assign multiple deputies to these -- -- neighborhoods based not on actual crime stats but racially motivated citizen complaints.
In these areas in the ACLU analyst basically said hey.
These materials are being stopped more often for longer times but under cross examination.
He admitted that he did not account for the old -- model cars -- these people drive.
And that the language very the results in longer stops.
The share a full again as they said take the stand this morning.
And for many you know they believe that probably over his lengthy career is probably said some things it could damage his case.
And but politically in people in Arizona they love -- hate this guy but definitely the financial stakes for the county are very high -- do you.
Interesting Hartley and I'll be watching thanks a lot.
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