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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Not Charged In Inquiry Over Abuse-Of-Power Allegations

Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio has not been charged following an inquiry into allegations that the controversial lawman abused power in his role. The accusations against Arpaio included “claims of misuse of county-issued credit cards and federal money to pay for salaries, trips, meals and other expenses they should not have covered.”

Investigators looking into the charges said they found “insufficient evidence of criminal intent,” and Arpaio responded to the findings by saying he “never had any doubt” and thanking the federal government for its work in the inquiry.

The Sheriff currently faces a similar civil-rights lawsuit, with advocacy organizations alleging that Arpaio targeted Latinos in raids and other actions carried out by his deputies. The ruling in that lawsuit is still pending.

h/t New York Times

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