The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is planning another crime suppression operation sometime today.
It comes despite a federal judge's ruling that deputies racially profiled during past sweeps.
MCSO released a statement Friday morning saying the 21st crime suppression in southwest Phoenix gets underway today with deputies and volunteer posse members. No other details were provided. A news conference is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday at the sheriff's training academy.
Attorneys who won a racial-profiling lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office are asking a judge to order that the county pay them $7.3 million in fees.
A federal judge in Phoenix ruled in May that the sheriff's office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio singled out Latinos and that deputies unreasonably prolonged detentions.
The judge on Oct. 2 ordered the appointment of an independent monitor and a community advisory board to ensure compliance with constitutional requirements.
The $7.3 million is requested in a filing Wednesday by nine attorneys, including several each from the American Civil Liberties Union and the international law firm of Covington & Burling LLP.
The motion cites six years of litigation since the case was filed in 2007, including two years of pretrial fact-finding and a seven-day trial.
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