Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio convicted of criminal contempt | 0:33
Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been convicted of criminal contempt.
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Megan Cassidy and Richard Ruelas discuss Joe Arpaio’s criminal-contempt conviction | 16:28
Republic reporters Megan Cassidy and Richard Ruelas take us through the conviction and what it means for the former Maricopa County sheriff. Sean Logan/azcentral.com
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Puente Arizona cheers guilty verdict for Arpaio | 1:15
Immigrant-rights group Puente Human Rights Movement praises a federal judge’s ruling finding Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of court. Sam Caravana/azcentral.com
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Noemi Romero reacts to Arpaio arrest | 1:34
Noemi Romero, 26, reacts to the announcement that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court. Romero, 26, is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico and was arrested in Arpaio raid. Nick Oza/azcentral.com
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Arpaio’s criminal contempt trial begins | 1:32
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his attorneys emerge from the federal courthouse following the first day of his criminal contempt trial. David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
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Arpaio back in action | 1:02
The former Maricopa County sheriff emerges as head of a conservative non-profit.
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Ed Montini weighs in on Arpaio’s loss | 1:29
Arizona Republic columnist Ed Montini weighs in on Sherff Joe Arpaio’s re-election loss. Video by azcentral
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Arpaio officially charged with criminal contempt | 1:55
With a federal judge’s signature on a proposed order initially submitted by prosecutors Oct. 17, the deal is sealed: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is criminally charged with federal contempt of court.
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Inside the Sheriff Joe Arpaio protest | 1:57
Viridiana Hernandez talks about the “Arrest Arpaio Not the People” anti-Sheriff Joe Arpaio protest, which was held outside Sandra Day O’Connor United States Courthouse in Phoenix. Nick Oza/azcentral.com
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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s attorney speaks | 0:46
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s attorney Mel Mcdonald addresses the media outside the federal courthouse in Phoenix. Nick Oza/azcentral.com
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Protesters demonstrate against Arpaio outside federal court | 1:02
Protesters demonstrate against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio outside federal court on Oct. 11, 2016. azcentral.com
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MCSO’s legal bills keep growing in racial-profiling case | 0:31
Maricopa County Supervisors on Sept. 21 approved an extra $4.5 million in legal fees to cover costs with a long-running racial-profiling case involving the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
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MCSO considered closing Tent City | 0:51
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is eliminating pay raises for some of its jail detention staff to help foot the growing bill for a racial-profiling case, but they considered several other options, including closing the famous Tent City jail.
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Arpaio stripped of internal affairs oversight | 1:13
A federal judge issued sweeping reforms over the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s internal affairs division, stripping its leaders of autonomy over disciplinary actions related to the long-running racial-profiling case against the agency.
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Arpaio in contempt of federal court | 0:51
A federal judge has found Sheriff Joe Arpaio in civil contempt of federal court.
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Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio convicted of criminal contempt
Megan Cassidy and Richard Ruelas discuss Joe Arpaio’s criminal-contempt conviction
Puente Arizona cheers guilty verdict for Arpaio
Noemi Romero reacts to Arpaio arrest
Arpaio’s criminal contempt trial begins
Arpaio back in action
Ed Montini weighs in on Arpaio’s loss
Arpaio officially charged with criminal contempt
Inside the Sheriff Joe Arpaio protest
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s attorney speaks
Protesters demonstrate against Arpaio outside federal court
MCSO’s legal bills keep growing in racial-profiling case
MCSO considered closing Tent City
Arpaio stripped of internal affairs oversight
Arpaio in contempt of federal court
Nearly four years ago, a federal judge ordered a sweeping overhaul of then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office after concluding sheriff’s deputies had systematically racially profiled Hispanics in traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
Today, the agency is still dogged by findings that its officers treat minorities differently than whites during traffic stops.
An audit conducted by criminal-justice researchers at Arizona State University as part of the profiling case concluded that Hispanics are more likely to be searched and arrested by sheriff’s deputies in traffic stops than whites.
The agency’s response to the report is expected to be discussed at a court hearing Wednesday. The study, released last week, examined 31,000 traffic stops from July 2015 through June 2016, near the end of Arpaio’s 24-year tenure as metropolitan Phoenix’s top law enforcer.
“The likelihood of Hispanics being arrested or searched over time has not decreased, or even changed,” wrote the researchers, who had conducted an earlier study of the agency’s traffic stops. “Conversely, the length of stop for Hispanic drivers, while still longer than whites, decreased across years.”
The report was released a month after Arpaio was pardoned by President Donald Trump for his conviction for intentionally disobeying a court order in the profiling case.
Sheriff Paul Penzone, who took office in January after defeating Arpaio, is developing plans for confronting the problems identified in the report, including providing sheriff’s deputies and their supervisors with training.
Another report issued this summer by officials who are monitoring the agency on the judge’s behalf charts the status of the Sheriff’s Office in complying with the court-ordered overhaul.
The agency was deemed 40 percent compliant with the first phase of the overhaul and 58 percent compliant in phase two, according to the report, which covered the first three months of this year.
Taxpayers in metro Phoenix will remain on the hook for legal costs in the case until the Sheriff’s Office comes in full compliance for three straight years with the court-ordered changes. By next summer, the costs are expected to reach $92 million.
Penzone’s office declined a request from the Associated Press to comment on the report.
Penzone, while on the campaign trail, had vowed to make compliance with the court orders one of his top priorities.
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