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Taxpayer bill from Arpaio's profiling case will reach $178M

Joe Arpaio
Posted at 11:53 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 14:53:58-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The taxpayer tab for the racial profiling case focusing on former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration patrols is expected to reach $178 million by the summer of 2021.

No one in county government can say specifically when the spending is expected to end. Maricopa County taxpayers have already paid $141 million in legal and compliance costs.

Arpaio’s officers were found to have profiled Latinos in traffic patrols targeting immigrants.

A judge ordered the costly agency overhaul. Officials on Monday approved an additional $32 million in spending. It marks the most expensive year in the case since it was filed in 2007.