In July 2017, the former County Sherriff of Maricopa County Mr. Joe Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for failing to obey a preliminary court order issued by United States District Court Judge G. Murray Snow in December 2011 requiring the Sherriff, his team and his office to immediately cease their actions of targeting drivers especially the ones from Spanish and Hispanic backgrounds.
Surprisingly and even laughable is the fact that his defense for not enforcing the court injunction was that they misunderstood what was supposed to be done due to the numerous correspondences causing some confusion.
This was just one of the several instances that the Sherriff and his cronies had been accused of blatantly racial profiling people particularly the members of the Latino and Hispanic Communities, many of which they had gotten away with.
However, in this case, Judge G Murray Snow was very articulate and specific while making his ruling in which he also brought to the fore a huge number of incidents in which the Sherriff and his team had racially profiled individuals and in many of those cases lead to the victim’s basic civil rights being violated.
Unfortunately and not surprising to many, Mr. Joe Arpaio will not see even a single day behind bars for his numerous transgressions against the people of Maricopa County and the country at large.
This is as a result of President Donald Trump’s intervention whereby he issued a presidential pardon absolving the Sherriff from all wrongdoing dealing a huge blow to all the people who had suffered in his hands including their families and friends.
According to several observers, the action by President Donald Trump was not informed by anything other than a show of solidarity with the Sherriff as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for having had his back since the days of the birther movement in which they were accusing the immediate former president of the United States Mr. Barrack Obama to having been born outside the country and therefore not deserving to be president according to the current United States Constitution. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
It should also be remembered that when many people thought that Donald Trump might not make it through the Republican Party nominations, the Sherriff actually endorsed him for president as if he knew that a time would come when the president would also need to scratch his back, and it surely came.
One of the most memorable rights violation incident that always lingers in the minds of Americans whenever the name of the former Sherriff is mentioned is that of media personalities Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey whereby Mr. Joe Arpaio issued orders to have them arrested from their homes at night for having exposed a scheme by his office of trying to gag them for exposing his office’s wrongdoings and thus violating their first amendment rights.
The duo sued their aggressors and prevailed in the appellate court where they were awarded $3.75 million in settlement, monies they used to set up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which supports migrant rights groups in Arizona.
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