Arizona’s Notorious Anti-Immigrant Sheriff Is Facing Criminal Contempt Charges
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is potentially facing up to six months in prison for misdemeanor criminal contempt charges. His crime? Keeping America safe… by violating the civil rights of innocent citizens and then refusing to stop when a court ordered him to. Arpaio’s methods of keeping the peace involve everything from humiliation tactics – like making prisoners wear pink underwear and socks – all the way to straight up spit-in-the-face-of-the-constitution level racial profiling. After being ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow in 2011 to stop policing policies that involved rights violations, like pulling people over for being brown, Joe Arpaio declared, “I’m not stopping anything.”
Arpaio’s refusal to stop is now costing Arizona’s tax payers millions of dollars, while Arpaio continues to rake in in donations from donors.
Joe Arpaio released a statement concerning the timing of the criminal case hearing, only a month before Maricopa elections, saying:
“First and foremost, it is clear that the corrupt Obama Justice Department is trying to influence my re-election as Sheriff of Maricopa County. It is no coincidence that this announcement comes 28 days before the election and the day before early voting starts. It is a blatant abuse of power and the people of Maricopa County should be as outraged as I am.”
If anyone knows a thing about abusing their power to unfairly target people, it’s gotta be Joe Arpaio. And probably the only people who understand his kind of outrage are those who were victimized by his years of racial profiling. If found guilty, Joe could be barred from running for sheriff and end up serving jail time, where he may end up with a pair of pink socks of his own.
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