Judge approves settlement in Justice Department's civil rights suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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PHOENIX — A judge has approved a nearly two-month-old settlement that ends a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department that alleged several civil rights violations against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver officially signed off Wednesday on the agreement that resolves allegations that Arpaio's office retaliated against its critics and discriminated against Latinos during the sheriff's now-defunct workplace raids.

As part of the settlement, the sheriff's office agreed to establish policies barring retaliation and rules that would govern any future workplace raids if Arpaio were to resume them.

Even with the settlement, the Justice Department is continuing its legal efforts against Arpaio.

The federal agency recently joined a separate racial profiling lawsuit that was pressed against the sheriff's office by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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