(CNN) -- Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has engaged in systemic discrimination against Latinos with practices that violate federal law and the Constitution, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.
A comprehensive investigation found the practices include "unlawful stops, detentions and arrests of Latinos," according to a Justice Department statement.
It also noted that the sheriff's office has discriminated against "Latino inmates with limited English by punishing them and denying critical services."
It further blames the office for allowing "specialized units to engage in unconstitutional practices" and for a lack of oversight and deputy training.
Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said the office's "systematic disregard for basic constitutional protections has created a wall of distrust between the sheriff's office and large segments of the community."
On the one hand, even the police shouldn't be immune to oversight.
On the other hand, given that the National Defense Authorization Act is probably going to become law, the Feds have a LOT of balls, bitching about someone else unlawfully detaining people.