Arpaio: Feds have yet to inform him of violations

August 4, 2011 - 7:00 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Sheriff Joe Arpaio says federal officials investigating racial profiling allegations against his office have yet to inform him of any constitutional violations by his deputies.

Arpaio says the Justice Department would have to take action to stop racial profiling if investigators had found such violations.

Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, expressed frustration over the length of the investigation and says he doesn't expect it to be resolved until after his 2012 re-election campaign has concluded.

The Justice Department has been investigating Arpaio's office since March 2009 for alleged discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and for having an English-only policy in his jails that discriminates against people with limited English skills.

Arpaio says the investigation is focused on his immigration patrols.

The Justice Department says it's still investigating.