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Arpaio demands feds pay costs in profiling case

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
PHOENIX (AP) -

An Arizona sheriff's office facing huge compliance costs from a court ruling that found the agency had racially profiled Latinos has demanded that the federal government fork over nearly $38 million.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says in a letter Thursday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that Washington is to blame for providing some of his deputies with faulty immigration enforcement training.

[Click here to read the entire letter (PDF)]

The Justice Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to comment on the letter.

A lawyer who pressed the profiling claim in court calls the letter a publicity stunt.

In late May, a federal ruled Arpaio's office systematically singled out Latinos in its immigration and regular traffic patrols.

Arpaio has appealed the decision.

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