PHOENIX – Prosecutors said Tuesday they will charge Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio with criminal contempt of court over .
The announcement was made the day before early voting starts in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s bid for a seventh term as metro Phoenix’s top law enforcer, his toughest fight yet after more than two decades in office. Arpaio, who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” made a name for himself cracking down on illegal immigration and forcing jail inmates to wear pink underwear.
The charges were revealed at a hearing to discuss issues raised byafter refusing to stop targeting Latinos in patrols.
Prosecutor John Keller said in court that the government will bring charges, with the next step being a court filing that’s akin to a criminal complaint.