More Arpaio critics demand that sheriff resign

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A group of African-American clergy and others called for the resignation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday and cited a U.S. Justice Department report that alleges the sheriff's office racially profiles Latinos.

Pastor Warren E. Stewart says he and others plan to put pressure on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to seek Arpaio's ouster.

A Dec. 15 report by the Justice Department alleged that Arpaio's office held a "systematic disregard" for the Constitution amid a series of immigration crackdowns that have turned the lawman into a prominent national political figure.

The sheriff's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday afternoon.

In the past, Arpaio has called the report a politically motivated attack by the Obama administration and said that he will not resign.