Canadian Mounties canceled plans to send hundreds of officers to Arizona for training after finding out the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is accused of racial profiling, unlawful stops and other offenses against Latinos.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were to receive training on recognizing and testing drug-impaired drivers in the Phoenix area between April 2012 and March 2013, the Vancouver Sun reported. The Phoenix area was picked for the training for a relatively large and consistent number of drug-impaired people taken into custody, the paper said.
But a scathing U.S. Justice Department report about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department, charged with wide-ranging civil rights violations against Latinos, led to the RCMP scrapping the training, the Sun reported on Monday.
Arpaio calls himself "America's toughest sheriff" for his crackdown on illegal immigration.
"It was almost immediate after having read the report that this would not be a facility that we would associate ourselves with," RCMP Inspector Allan Lucier told the Sun. "That just didn't meet our test."
David Eby, executive director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, told the Sun that the RCMP made the right decision and urged the Mounties to find a "Made-in Canada" solution to the training.
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