Arizona sheriff’s immigration patrols to cost public $200M

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FILE – In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio poses for a portrait at his private office in Fountain Hills, Arizona. The taxpayer costs for the racial profiling lawsuit stemming from the immigration patrols launched a decade ago by Arpaio are expected to reach $202 million by the summer of 2022. Officials approved a tentative county budget Monday, May 17, 2021, that provides $31 million for compliance costs in the fiscal year that begins on July 1. No one in county government can say exactly when those costs will start to decline or end. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — The costs to taxpayers from a racial profiling lawsuit stemming from former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration patrols a decade ago in metro Phoenix are expected to reach $202 million by summer 2022.

Officials approved a tentative county budget Monday that provides $31 million for the cost of complying with court orders in the fiscal year that begins on July 1.

No one in county government can say exactly when those costs will start to decline.

Taxpayers in Maricopa County are on the hook for the costs after a 2013 verdict concluded Arpaio’s officers had profiled Latinos in traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

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