County to mull compliance costs in profiling case

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX (AP) -- Officials are scheduled to vote Wednesday on paying the first installment of nearly $22 million in estimated taxpayer costs for complying with a racial profiling ruling against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

Officials are expected to give Arpaio's office $7.6 million for the remainder of the current fiscal year that ends June 30.

The remaining $14.2 million are expected to be paid in the following year.

In May, a judge ruled Arpaio's office singled out Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols.

Those who filed the case didn't seek monetary damages and instead wanted a declaration that Arpaio's office engaged in profiling.

Compliance costs include the expense of installing video cameras in patrol vehicles and training to ensure officers aren't making unconstitutional arrests.

Arpaio is appealing the ruling.