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Personal stories take forefront at Arpaio trial

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By JACQUES BILLEAUD
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - The personal stories of people who say they were racially profiled in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration sweeps took center stage at a trial aimed at settling allegations over whether the lawman's trademark patrols disproportionately single out Latinos.

One witnesses tearfully described feeling "humiliated, worthless, defenseless," saying the emotions were the result of being pulled over without justification and treated disrespectfully by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies.

Arpaio has repeatedly denied charges of racial profiling within his department and says his deputies only make stops when they think a crime has been committed.

The group of Latinos who filed the lawsuit against Arpaio and his office say that officers based some traffic stops on the race. They say they were pulled over only so deputies could inquire about their immigration status.

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