AZ sheriff under grand jury investigation for abusing power

An Arizona sheriff is under grand jury scrutiny for allegedly abusing his power by conducting unauthorized searches, questioning county employees in their homes, and threatening county employees with investigations.

The sheriff was embroiled in a controversy with county officials after his department took a budget cut this year. The sheriff then accused county officials of racketeering and wasting taxpayers dollars when a new $360 million dollar criminal court tower was approved.

Regardless of the outcome, there can be little doubt this controversy is draining taxpayer money and resources.

Joe Arpaio investigated by grand jury, officials confirm | Arizona Republic

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