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Arizona Senate debates Arpaio racial profiling ruling

PHOENIX -- A state lawmaker is chastising Arizona leaders for not denouncing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio after a federal judge ruled that his office racially profiled Latinos.

Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo told lawmakers on the Arizona Senate floor Tuesday that it was shameful that Gov. Jan Brewer and other state leaders had not denounced Arpaio's tactics since the ruling was released on Friday.

Republican Sen. Al Melvin countered by calling Arpaio an outstanding American.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow in Phoenix backed up years of allegations from Arpaio's critics who say his officers violate the constitutional rights of Latinos in relying on race in their immigration enforcement.

Arpaio has repeatedly denied the allegations and won't face jail time as a result of the ruling.

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