Of course, notorious Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is endorsing Donald Trump. Of course, he is! They are two peas in an all-white pod, so it makes sense that one of the most racist and sexists sheriffs in America would stand up with Trump.
“I have great respect for Sheriff Arpaio,” Trump said in a statement. “We must restore law and order and respect the men and women of our police forces. I thank him for his support of my policies and candidacy for president.”
In a release from the Trump campaign, Arpaio said:
Donald Trump is a leader. He produces results and is ready to get tough in order to protect American jobs and families. I have fought on the front lines to prevent illegal immigration. and I know Donald Trump will stand with me and countless Americans to secure our border. I am proud to support him as the best candidate for president of the United States of America.
So, other than endorsing Donald Trump here are a few more things that Joe Arpaio has done that are as disgusting if not more:
1. Sheriff Arpaio wants to punish Latinos who can’t speak English:
In some instances, when a Latino [Low English Proficiency] prisoner has been unable to understand commands given in English, MCSO detention officers have put an entire area of the jail in lockdown—effectively preventing all the prisoners in that area from accessing a number of privileges because of the Latino LEP prisoner’s inability to understand English, inciting hostility toward the LEP prisoner, and potentially placing MCSO officers and other prisoners in harm’s way.
2. Arpaio is all about racial profiling:
[I]n the southwest portion of the County, the study found that Latino drivers are almost four times more likely to be stopped by MCSO officers than non-Latino drivers engaged in similar conduct. . . . In the northwest portion of the County, the study found that Latino drivers are over seven times more likely to be stopped by MCSO officers than non-Latino drivers engaged in similar conduct. . . . Most strikingly, in the northeast portion of the County, the study found that Latino drivers are nearly nine times more likely to be stopped by MCSO officers than non-Latino drivers engaged in similar conduct.
3. Arpaio ignored instances of rape because he was too preoccupied with his war on Latinos:
In the formal legal complaint the Justice Department filed in 2012, they allege Arpaio has an obsessive focus on “low-level immigration offenses” and as a result, his officers failed “to adequately respond to reports of sexual violence, including allegations of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse of girls.” Way to go, idiot.
4. His officers flat out stalked latino women:
According to the 2012 lawsuit,
During a crime suppression operation, two MCSO officers followed a Latina woman, a citizen of the United States, for a quarter of a mile to her home. The officers did not turn on their emergency lights, but insisted that the woman remain in her car when she attempted to exit the car and enter her home. The officers’ stated reasons for approaching the woman was a non-functioning license plate light. When the woman attempted to enter her home, the officers used force to take her to the ground, kneed her in the back, and handcuffed her. The woman was then taken to an MCSO substation, cited for ‘disorderly conduct,’ and returned home. The disorderly conduct citation was subsequently dismissed.
5. Arpaio has made an all-out assault on women:
In Arpaio’s jails, female Latino LEP prisoners were denied basic sanitary items such as feminine hygiene products. “In some instances, female Latino LEP prisoners have been forced to remain with sheets or pants soiled from menstruation because of MCSO’s failure to ensure that detention officers provide language assistance in such circumstances,” the suit outlined.
If that isn’t bad enough “MCSO officer stopped a Latina woman – a citizen of the United States and five months pregnant at the time.” The case says that she drove into her own driveway and exited her car. The officers demanded she sit on her car and when she refused, “the officer grabbed her arms, pulled them behind her back, and slammed her, stomach first, into the vehicle three times.”
If this is the way Donald Trump thinks America’s law enforcement should behave, what does that mean for the future of the Justice Department under his leadership? This is terrifying.
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