PHOENIX - ABC News and Univision are launching a new series , "Arpaio Watch," aimed at monitoring civil liberties in Arizona and the actions of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The two networks recently formed a joint venture to launch a cable channel for U.S. Hispanics in English, and "Arpaio Watch" is one of the first online elements being tested on ABCNews.com .
The series will reportedly keep an eye on how the policies of "America's Toughest Sheriff" affect the Latino community, according to a report from TV Newser .
Arpaio faced accusations of racial profiling and discrimination against Spanish speakers during a lawsuit filed in May by the Justice Department.
His routine immigration patrols have also drawn criticism from the Hispanic community, who has accused Arpaio's deputies of systematic profiling and bias.
Sheriff Arpaio told ABC15 he has no worries on the series digging into him, even if it's negative.
"You know what? I don't care," Arpaio said. "I think that this is good. First of all, they're going to enhance the illegal immigration problem that we have. And if they want to use me as the poster boy to get something done in Washington, that's okay with me."
"Arpaio Watch" is not an ABC15 initiative, but a project developed for the new ABC News and Univision company. ABC15 is an affiliate of ABC News.