Sheriff Joe Arpaio has refused to cooperate in settlement negotiations with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. He is under investigation by the DOJ to determine whether the Sheriff had violated Hispanics’ civil rights by racial profiling and denying them access to necessaries while incarcerated. The DOJ sent a letter to Arpaio stating “[w]e believe that you are wasting time and not negotiating in good faith.”
The Sheriff is not a stranger to controversy during his time as lead of Maricopa County’s law enforcement. The highly criticized Sheriff recently made news again in March when he claimed that President Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery.