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Witness: Stops in Arizona profiling case were proper

PHOENIX – One of the last witnesses at a trial aimed at settling
allegations over whether Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office racially
profiles Latinos says officers acted properly in pulling over the people who
brought the case to court.

Bennie Click, a police-practices expert hired by Arpaio’s defense team, says he
reviewed the cases in question and concluded the officers had lawful reasons to
make the stops.

The trial is expected to end Thursday afternoon.

Lawyers will make their closing arguments by filing briefs.

A group of Latinos who brought the civil case against the sheriff’s office says
Arpaio’s deputies pulled over some vehicles only to make immigration status

Arpaio has denies the racial profiling allegations and says deputies only stop
people when they think a crime has been committed.


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