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Sheriff Joe Arpaio sued by Justice Department in civil-rights probe

Sheriff Joe Arpaio sued by Justice Department in civil-rights probe 02 Sep 2010 Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been sued by the U.S. Justice Department for refusing to cooperate with a civil-rights probe into police practices and jail operations. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, comes after weeks of back-and-forth letters between the agencies, threats to strip the county of federal funding, and a meeting in Washington last week among attorneys to discuss the investigation.