Judge admonishes Ariz. sheriff, aide

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s department is accused of racially profiling Latino residents.

Ross D. Franklin,/AP file

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s department is accused of racially profiling Latino residents.

PHOENIX — A federal judge presiding over a racial profiling case against an Arizona sheriff’s office chided the sheriff and his top aide on Monday for mischaracterizing his findings, telling them he is unimpressed by what he called their apparent ‘‘double dealing.’’

US District Judge Murray Snow said he was disappointed with the inaccurate statements that Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, the top aide for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, made about the case during an October training session with rank-and-file deputies.


Sheridan apologized for the inaccuracies. He says he made the remarks out of frustration with declining morale among his deputies after Snow concluded last year that the agency has racially profiled Latinos.

This is the latest in a string of criticisms against the agency led by the self-proclaimed ‘‘America’s Toughest Sheriff,’’ who has made waves nationally by cracking down on illegal immigration and forcing inmates to wear pink underwear.

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The judge took issue with a remark that Sheridan made during the Oct. 18 training session in which he complained that his agency was being put under the same kind of court supervision as the long-troubled New Orleans Police Department and added, ‘‘That tells you how ludicrous this crap is.’’

‘‘I am not really impressed with what appears to be double dealing,’’ Snow told the aide.

Associated Press

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