Sheriff Arpaio: Could he land in jail?
Reporter: Corinne Hautala
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – A Tucson attorney calls the federal findings against Sheriff Joe Arpaio a strong case.
Richard Martinez is a civil rights attorney, he says, it appears the U.S. Justice Department did a thorough investigation.
“They have a very strong case against the Sheriff and unless he immediately agrees to comply and remedy all these problems, which I doubt he will, they're going to take him into federal court,” he said.
He said the one thing that really stood out to him was the treatment of Latinos in prison.
“Everybody believed and knew about the racial profiling, the stops and certainly his anti-Latino, anti-immigrant position,” he said.
Martinez says what’s documented could have Sheriff Arpaio facing criminal charges, even jail time.
“There appears to be substantial evidence that a lot of money has been misspent in that department,” said Martinez.” There seems to be a lot of other issues that are here. Certainly, this letter addresses behavior that could be prosecuted criminally.”