Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Washington attorney said Tuesday they will not cooperate with an ongoing Department of Justice investigation into the sheriff's office until the feds name specific charges and reveal what they are looking for.Arpaio also said Tuesday during a heavily attended press conference in Phoenix he will not be intimidated nor back down in his methods of crime sweeps that have netted the arrests of 4,000 illegal immigrants in the last two and a half months.Arpaio's office is accused of racial profiling during crime sweeps and is the target of a civil rights violations investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. Arpaio has called the investigation "politically motivated."
At least five officials from the Justice Department are in Phoenix now investigating the case.The sheriff's office contends the Justice Department acted unethically by requesting documents of communications that had occurred between the sheriff's office and that of a federal official.Communication between the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and the federal employee is protected by federal statutes, according to the sheriff's office."We're not going to surrender," Arpaio said. "We're going to have more crime supression operations. We can have all the activists, politicians in Washington, D.C., and everyone else trying to use me as the poster boy (for illegal immigrant arrests). We're not going to talk to the Civil Rights Division until they clean up their act."