Talk about being caught off guard. CBS 5 News is hearing from those who first called for Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to be investigated over allegations of abuse of power.
"I have always felt that you could trust the United States Justice Department. Today I am very much doubting that," said Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.
Wilcox had a good reason to react to the news. Earlier this year, she got nearly $1 million in a settlement against Arpaio and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas for their alleged abuse of power. Now that the Department of Justice investigation has been closed, she said she has some questions.
"The victims of it, myself being one of them, how do you answer to us? What do you say? This didn't happen," she said.
"We just don't know why this happened. There's so much information out there, enough information that it would disbar a county attorney and now to hear that the federal government is not going to take any charges against Arpaio? We're very disappointed," said Lydia Guzman.
The Arizona Supreme Court disbarred Thomas in April, saying he "outrageously exploited power." They even went so far as to say had this been a criminal case they were confident the evidence would support the charge.
Guzman said she doesn't get how one part of the equation can be punished while another gets off scot-free.
"We had faith in the system. It just fell apart," Guzman said.
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