PHOENIX (AP) – An Arizona sheriff could be facing a civil contempt hearing in federal court for his office’s repeated violations of orders issued in a racial-profiling case.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow held a telephonic conference Thursday and told Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lawyers that the six-term sheriff may face an April 21-24 hearing.
But an official with the Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says Snow stopped short of officially ordering the hearing. The judge has given both sides until Jan. 23 to file additional paperwork.
Nineteen months ago, Snow found Arpaio’s office had systematically singled out Latinos in regular traffic and special immigration patrols.
Snow is requiring Arpaio’s officers to video-record traffic stops, collect data on stops and undergo training to ensure they are making constitutional stops.
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