PHOENIX (AP) - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will hold a
series of community meetings on Dec. 21 in connection with a court case
in which the agency was found to have systematically racially profiled
Latinos during its patrols.
The meetings were ordered by U.S. District Judge
Murray Snow in what the judge said was an effort to rebuild public
confidence in the agency.
Snow ruled in late May that the agency
systematically singled out Latinos in its regular traffic and special
immigration patrols. Snow later ordered the appointment of an
independent monitor to ensure that the agency isn't making
The agency says it's not yet known whether Sheriff
Joe Arpaio will attend the meetings in Sun Lakes, Avondale, Sun City,
Cave Creek, Queen Creek, Fountain Hills and Mesa.
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