After Maricopa Country Sheriff's Office received the following letter from the US Department of Justice today, the MCSO and Sheriff Joe Arpaio did not honor the deadline, so negotiations to address a civil right case against MCSO have broken off. The reason? AZCentral.com reports that "the Sheriff's Office refused to consider appointing an independent monitor in an effort to resolve the federal government's racial profiling allegations."
The report from AZCentral.com continues:
Arpaio said he refused to comply because President Barack Obama's administration is "trying to strong arm me into submission only for its political gain."
A spokeswoman for the Justice Department declined further comment, but legal action against the Sheriff's Office once again appears imminent.
Representatives for both the Sheriff's Office and the Justice Department have said repeatedly that they want to avoid going to court in an effort to resolve the profiling allegations detailed in a report the Justice Department released in mid December. The negotiations between the two parties were crucial to avoiding litigation, but the Justice Department's letter to Arpaio's attorneys indicate that meetings were spotty and not productive.