Feds say Arizona sheriff violated civil rights

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ( (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin))

December 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The federal government issued a scathing report Thursday that claims Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office has committed a wide range of civil rights violations against Latinos, including a pattern of racial profiling and discrimination and carrying out heavy-handed immigration patrols based on racially charged citizen complaints.