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Dec 15, 2011
Statement on federal investigation into Sheriff Arpaio's office
Andrei Cherny, Arizona Democratic Party chairman, gave the following statement in response to the U.S. Justice Department's report today on its investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office:
"This is a monumental step toward justice. Sheriff Arpaio's reign of failure already has many victims -- more than 400 sex-abuse cases ignored, $100 million in taxpayer dollars misused, and costly witch hunts pursued against political enemies. But today, we are closer to justice for the victims of his office's civil-rights violations and racial profiling -- behavior that today's report called 'wide-ranging discrimination.' It's hard to imagine a public official who more embodies corruption, waste and arrogance than Sheriff Joe Arpaio. We welcome the Justice Department's full attention to this case and hope it helps mainstream Arizona move on from Arpaio's extremism and embrace a new era of responsible leadership."