Trump Pardons Racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio As Hurricane Barrels Towards Texas

Trump Pardons Racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio As Hurricane Barrels Towards Texas

Such reactions to Trump's pardon reflect the enduring outrage over Arpaio's actions as the longtime sheriff of Maricopa County, which encompasses Phoenix.

It is unlikely Arpaio - the once self-described "Toughest Sheriff in America" - will face the legal consequences of his actions because of another exercise in individual authority trumping our nation's separation of powers doctrine. After being convicted of criminal contempt earlier this summer for allegedly racially profiling immigrants, #Donald Trump has chose to let the sheriff off the hook.

In the 17 months following the judge's order in 2011, over 170 illegal immigrants had been arrested and handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "Donald Trump can ignore the rule of law, but it was our voters who removed Joe Arpaio from power".

"I said pardon or no pardon, I will be with him to the end", Arpaio said of Trump.

Mr Trump "has acted in support of illegal, failed immigration enforcement practices that target people of colour and have been struck down by the courts", she said. Arpaio, who lost his re-election bid last November, was scheduled to be sentenced on October 5.

Arpaio was infamous for tormenting and humiliating inmates by making them wear pink underwear, for example, and forcing them to live in tents in Arizona's hot desert climate, where temperatures can reach 115 degrees.

Around 8 p.m. ET, the White House announced that Trump granted a presidential pardon to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

During the 2016 presidential election, Arpaio endorsed then candidate Donald Trump for his stance on illegal immigration. Okay? But - I won't not do it tonight because I don't want to cause any controversy.

Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said in a statement: '(The pardon sends) a risky message that a law enforcement officer who abused his position of power and defied a court order can simply be excused by a president who himself clearly does not respect the law'.

With the pardon, however, Trump is handing some of his most ardent critics a way to attack the president.

That should be the ultimate trump card in the people's case against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. "Sheriff Joe is my friend, and now he, Ava and their family can move on and enjoy their retirement together", said Governor Ducey. I'll make a prediction.

'Joe Arpaio illegally targeted and terrorized Latino families, ' Stanton, a Democrat, tweeted on Friday.

Jeff Flake, Arizona's other Republican senator, said on Twitter that "I would have preferred that the President honour the judicial process and let it take its course".

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