Sheriff Arpaio is a man who has committed many sins against the public in his professional life. He tried to bring the hammer down on anyone living in his jurisdiction who attempted to speak out against his injustices.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two local people who he harassed, can testify to that fact. He tried to jail them on an accusation that they would not submit to subpoenas. The subpoenas were really unreasonable, and they were issued out of an accusation that Lacey and Larkin published his home address for malicious reasons.
Sheriff Arpaio and the police of Maricopa County screwed with countless people of Latin American descent. They put a lot of emphasis on finding and deporting undocumented immigrants. Maricopa County is extremely close to the Mexican border, which is ground zero for undocumented immigrant crossings. Many different ethnic groups of people from all over the world cross the border on a regular basis.
However, Hispanic people are given the most attention for having illegals among their racial demographic. This is not completely unreasonable, since there are a lot of undocumented immigrants in the Hispanic demographic.
However, a majority of Hispanics are law-abiding citizens who legally belong here, so it is highly prejudicial and wrong to think that every Hispanic is a so-called “border hopper.” This is where Sheriff Arpaio went wrong. He made the prejudicial surmise that every Latin American on the road was an unsanctioned foreigner from south of the border.
As he saw his local jail fill up, Sheriff Arpaio made the resolution to build a “tent city” for his prisoners. He put a bunch of tents outdoors and forced prisoners to live in the harsh Arizona sun. Apparently, the idea was thought to be so novel that tourists actually traveled to the tent city to walk through it and look at its spectacle.
Justice, At Last!
After years of getting away with ruthless acts, Sheriff Arpaio faced consequences on numerous occasions. Maricopa County was forced give Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey a multi-million settlement to make up for the trouble that they put the two guys through. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://james-larkin.com/press/
The case Melendres v. Arpaio happened as a result of his tortuous racial profiling. Judges on the federal level immediately ordered him to stand down from his policy of hunting down illegals. He refused, and was about to be tried for criminal contempt of court in 2017.
Justice Shot Down
Just like Trayvon Martin in 2012, justice was shot down when Donald Trump decided to go against the principles of justice by acquitting the bum who we all know as Sheriff Arpaio.
Jim Larkin, Michael Lacey, people of color, immigrants and Latino Americans were dumbfounded. After all, who in their right mind would pardon such a big degenerate? Trump gave the excuse that the noxious sheriff was simply just “doing his job.” If “doing his job” means being bigoted, racially profiling people and harassing people for superficial reasons, then, yes, he was “doing his job!”