The Justice Department filed suit against Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, for refusing access and records for an investigation into allegations of widespread racial profiling and civil rights abuses. The federal suit filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix says Arpaio and his office have "refused for 17 months to cooperate" with the federal government.
"Justice Department officials could not point to a case within the past 30 years in which they had to sue a law-enforcement department to provide access to information," reports AZCentral.com. "At stake is $113 million in future federal funding for the county, they say, which is given on the condition that officials agree they will not discriminate against residents and will cooperate with federal officials."
The FBI has launched a separate investigation into whether Arpaio has been "using his position to settle political vendettas."