- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department and Maricopa County are asking a federal judge to approve a proposed partial settlement of the government’s lawsuit against the county and its sheriff’s department.

The department and the county Friday filed a joint motion for approval of the proposed settlement, which was disclosed Wednesday when the county Board of Supervisors voted for it.

The proposed settlement would settle the 2012 lawsuit’s allegations that Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s agency retaliated against its critics, didn’t provide Spanish language interpreters in its jails and discriminated against Latinos during workplace raids.

The proposed partial settlement doesn’t resolve a racial profiling allegation, but the county and the Justice Department told U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver that talks continue in an attempt to “resolve some or all remaining issues.”



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