Joe Arpaio Pardoned by President
While Burning Man Attendees can party on safe in their assurances that “The Spectator Sherriff” is no longer in authority of the lands surrounding their event, US minorities will have to wait another year to breath a sigh of relief from his terror.
Sherriff Joe Arpaio, who styles himself as “America’s Toughest Sherriff” was pardoned by President Trump today in another egregious ceremony designed to make everyone look like they’re doing a good job.
“Sherriff Joe” has been doing a “Good Job” since 1993, when he became famous for setting up a modern day concentration camp in the Maricopa County Jail. And lest you think I’m making this up, the link is actually to a video of him bragging about it using the words “concentration camp.” Not exactly subtle. He also re-instated the chain gang in 1995. Because in 1995, that was what was missing from our lives.
Señor Arpaio has also been accused of abusing power, misuing funds, not even attempting to investigate sex crimes, not properly clearing cases, not enforcing immigration laws lawfully, and wouldn’t you know it, violating election laws.
Not only was this guy complained about by people, it was so serious that in the early 2000’s, when a Federal court monitor was appointed to oversee his office’s operations because of racial profiling, the US Department of Justice concluded that Arpaio oversaw “…the worst pattern of racial profiling in US history.” And then they filed a lawsuit against him. The Department of Justice. Let that sink in.
This should come as no surprise, and it’s of course highly coincidental and not-at-all-related, but Joe Arpaio is also the main investigator in Trump’s claim that Barack Obama’s birth certificate was faked.
The crime he was pardoned for was a misdemeanor contempt of court he was convicted of in July 2017.
The rest of his crimes go as-yet unpunished.