FIRST AIRED: August 20, 2016

Nice work! Enjoy the show!

×

You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!

We've got more news

Get our editor’s daily email summary of what’s going on in the world.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Replay Program

National

'America's toughest sheriff' could face criminal charges

Opening sequence

Opening sequence

National

'America's toughest sheriff' could face criminal charges

0:00
16:48
More Info

COMING UP:'America's toughest sheriff' could face criminal charges

×

Transcript

00:00:00
>> Welcome Sheriff Joe Arpaio.>> Remember Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio? He likes to call himself, America's toughest sheriff. He's the guy who set up a desert tent city prison for inmates that he said would save money, and critics called inhumane.>> I have spent 55 years in law enforcement.
00:00:20
>> He spoke at the Republican National Convention, and was an early supporter of Donald Trump. Anyway Arpaio could soon face criminal charges. A US federal judge is recommended prosecutors charge the Maricopa county sheriff with criminal content. The recommendation stands from a 2007 class action civil law suit. Accusing the sheriff and his deputies of unconstitutionally stopping, detaining, and questioning motorists based on the suspicion they were in the US illegally.
00:00:46
The Feds got involved, and in 2013 a federal judge ruled sheriff's deputies had racially profiled Latino drivers, he ordered the sheriff to stop. But on Friday the judge said the sheriff violated that order. A spokesman for the US Attorney's Office in Phoenix says the referral for charges is under review.
00:01:04
Criminal contempt if proven in court can result in fines and jail time. Arpaio's lawyer telling Reuters he's certain his client will be vindicated.