Latinos illegally detained by Joe Arpaio can seek compensation

In an interview with NBC Los Angeles, the former Maricopa County Sheriff said he will continue to fight to clear his record.

PHOENIX (AP) - Latinos who were illegally detained when then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio disobeyed a 2011 court order barring his immigration patrols can now seek compensation from the government.

The judge who barred Arpaio's traffic patrols that targeted immigrants had ordered the creation of a taxpayer-funded compensation system in August 2016.

The one-year application period for seeking compensation began Friday.

Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court for prolonging the patrols after a judge ordered them stopped.

President Donald Trump later spared Arpaio a possible jail sentence when he pardoned the retired sheriff.

Maricopa County set aside $1 million to cover the costs of the illegal detentions from December 2011 to May 2013.

The county will pay $500 for the first hour of a person's illegal detention and $35 for each additional 20-minute increment.

© 2017 Associated Press


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