Taxpayer Bill From Arpaio's Profiling Case Will Reach $178M

May 22, 2020

The taxpayer tab for the racial profiling case focusing on former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration patrols is expected to reach $178 million by the summer of 2021.

In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio poses for a portrait at his private office in Fountain Hills, Arizona. The taxpayer bill for a racial profiling case focusing on Arpaio's immigration patrols is expected to reach $178 million by the summer of 2021. The money is going toward legal fees and the costs of complying with a court-ordered overhaul of the sheriff's office in response to the 2013 profiling verdict.
Credit AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File

No one in county government can say specifically when the spending is expected to end. Maricopa County taxpayers have already paid $141 million in legal and compliance costs. Arpaio’s officers were found to have profiled Latinos in traffic patrols targeting immigrants. A judge ordered the costly agency overhaul. Officials on Monday approved an additional $32 million in spending. It marks the most expensive year in the case since it was filed in 2007.