The hammer has fallen. From the Washington Post:
A scathing U.S. Justice Department report released Thursday found that Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office carried out a blatant pattern of discrimination against Latinos and 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 government found that Arpaio’s office committed a wide range of civil rights violations against Latinos, including unjust immigration patrols and jail policies that deprive prisoners of basic Constitutional rights.
The Justice Department’s expert on measuring racial profiling found the sheriff’s office to be the most egregious case of profiling in the nation that he has seen or reviewed in professional literature, said Thomas Perez, who heads the Justice Department’s civil rights division.
“We found discriminatory policing that was deeply rooted in the culture of the department, a culture that breeds a systematic disregard for basic constitutional protections,” Perez said.
In response to the report, the Department of Homeland Security announced that would sever ties with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and that Arpaio's jail officials will lose their federal authority to check the immigration status of inmates in county jails.