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.
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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