Joe Arpaio racial profiling trial begins

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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s anti-illegal immigration patrols are taking center stage in federal court in Phoenix.

lawyer for a group of Latinos who filed a civil lawsuit against his
department said in opening statements Thursday that the evidence will
show that Arpaio and his deputies racially profiled Hispanics.

“It’s our view that the problem starts at the top,” attorney Stan Young said.

Tim Casey, who is defending Arpaio, said the patrols were properly
planned out and executed. He said they exceeded police standards. He
said, “race and ethnicity had nothing to do with the traffic stops.”