Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is probably one of the worst human beings we have ever run across in law enforcement. The bombastic sheriff has been terrorizing the Hispanic community in his county for decades. The civil rights violations he has committed are well documented and he has even been sued because of them. Now, the racist may finally get what has been coming to him for years.
According to the Huffington Post:
A federal judge recommended on Friday that prosecutors bring criminal contempt charges against Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, finding that the controversial sheriff had violated court orders stemming from a 2007 racial profiling case.
U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow also urged criminal contempt charges against Arpaio’s second-in-command, Gerard Sheridan, along with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Captain Steve Bailey and an Arpaio attorney, Michele Iafrate.
In a 32-page order, the judge alleges that Arpaio and his team violated the 2011 court injunction that prohibits the sheriff’s deputies from stopping motorists just because they think the drivers might be illegal.
In an interview with CNN’s Rick Sanchez in 2009, Arpaio admitted that he stops people based on “their conduct, what type of clothes they’re wearing, their speech.” Two years after that interview he was ordered to stop but Judge Snow said the practice continued for 18 months after the injunction was issued.
In addition to his racist traffic stings, the judge claims that Arpaio failed to turn over some documents and preserve others that had to do with the case. Arpaio’s criminal defense attorney Mel McDonald to Reuters,”Judge Snow voiced his opinion and we disagree with his conclusion. There was no criminal intent by the sheriff.”
Much like Donald Trump, whom he worships, Joe Arpaio believes he is above the law. The Tea Party favorite has cost his county millions of dollars in wrongful death and civil rights lawsuits. In 2015, Az Central reported:
Since Arpaio first took office in 1993, cases involving him or his office have cost taxpayers $142 million in legal expenses, settlements and court awards, and yet he has been repeatedly re-elected.
You read that right, even though he has cost taxpayers more than $100 million, they continue to elect him. Why? Because Maricopa County is deeply red and conservatives love their racists. Actually, if you think about it, Donald Trump is repeating the same things Arpaio has been saying for years, maybe that’s who he studied before announcing his bid for the presidency.
But now the people who have fallen victim to Arpaio may finally have the justice they deserve. If the sheriff is charged with criminal contempt, he could actually see the inside of a jail from the perspective of the people he has been unlawfully arresting for decades. Wouldn’t that be perfect? I, personally, believe that he should be thrown in his tent city and be forced to put on the pink underwear he loves so much.
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