Was the pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio a surprise? That is a question that most would like to understand and what had to lead to him needing a presidential pardon the first for president trump after getting g into office.
The sheriff and Trump had been reading from the same script since his early days in politics. Trump began the brither movement a movement that was meant to discredit President Obama by claiming he was not born in America.
This would then mutate into a tough on immigration campaign themed message. The sheriff was one who had always been a proponent of this message, and it was thus easy for him to jump onto trumps message of “build a wall.”
The sheriff was based in Maricopa which is in Arizona this is a border state and thus has a high number of Hispanics by any means. The sheriff however would devote his entire six terms to the tough on immigration stance by racially profiling the Hispanics.
He ran his department as one that would do anything to arrest and deport as many as possible at times without following the right procedures. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
The sheriff had built this reputation over the years and its something that had seen him dragged to court on numerous occasions. The sheriff had little regard for the same as most of the time the consequences were financial settlements which were not personally upon him but settlements that would have to be bared by the taxpayer.
He would eventually come face to face with consequences that would fall squarely on him when Judge Bolton found him of racial profiling ordering the sheriff and his department to undertake various reforms to correct this injustice.
The judge would then appoint a monitor for the same. The sheriff in his usual style went on and defied the orders and was back in court. Judge G. Murray would find the sheriff guilty of violation of court orders on July 13, 2017. The guilty finding meant that the sheriff would have been liable to a jail term of up to six months.
Once the guilty verdict was reached, it’s then that the president intervened granting him a presidential pardon. This pardon did not sit well with Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin two men who had witnessed first hand what the sheriff had been upto.
The sheriff and the former owners of the Phoneix new times had been at loggerheads for some time. The sheriff had in the past targeted them and arrested them for publishing articles that challenged his actions.This had lead to a court case that saw Jim Larkin and Micheal lacey awarded 3.75 million.
The money would later be used to start the Frontera fund this is a fund that today is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the Hispanic community. This is the community that suffered most under Sheriff Joe Arpaio till he was defeated in the last elections by a Democrat after six consecutive terms as sheriff. Jim and Michael to be strong advocates for the need to treat the Hispanic community equally and justly as required by law.