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Sheriff Arpaio Says No to Ultimatum - MCSO

Sheriff Arpaio Says No to Ultimatum - MCSO

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DOJ TO SHERIFF ARPAIO: “MONITOR ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY”
ARPAIO TO DOJ: “I WILL NOT SURRENDER MY OFFICE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT”
DOJ TO SHERIFF ARPAIO: “MONITOR ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY”
ARPAIO TO DOJ: “I WILL NOT SURRENDER MY OFFICE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT”

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100 West Washington, Suite 1900, Phoenix, Arizona 85003Phone: (602) 876-1801 Fax: (602) 258-2081
Media Contact: MediaRequest@MCSO.Maricopa.Gov
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Date: April 3, 2012
 
DOJ TO SHERIFF ARPAIO:“MONITOR ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY”ARPAIO TO DOJ:“I WILL NOT SURRENDER MY OFFICETO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT”
(Phoenix, AZ) A series of meetings between representatives for Maricopa CountySheriff Joe Arpaio and the U.S. Department of Justice were slated to begintomorrow to discuss ways to resolve allegations of racial profiling by Sheriff’semployees.But hours before the first meeting, Deputy Assistant Attorney General RoyAustin of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division called Arpaio’sattorneys with an ultimatum. Austin stated that it was absolutely mandatory forthe Sheriff’s Office to agree to have an outside monitor otherwise there is noreason for further meetings.Appointment of an outside monitor essentially usurps the powers and duties of an elected Sheriff and transfers them to a person or group of persons selected bythe federal government. Every policy decision, every operation, every newprogram in the jails and in enforcement, virtually everything would have to beapproved by the monitor, nullifying the authority of the elected Sheriff andeviscerating the will of the citizens of Maricopa County.“I am the constitutionally and legitimately elected Sheriff and I absolutely refuseto surrender my responsibility to the federal government. And so to the Obamaadministration, who is attempting to strong arm me into submission only for itspolitical gain, I say, ‘This will not happen, not on my watch!’”

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