After having previously alluded to a pending pardon at his Phoenix rally, President Trump has now officially pardoned Joe Arpaio.
Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County Sheriff, was ordered to have his agency cease actions which the court found to be discriminatory and in violation of the Civil Rights Act. A judge later ruled that Arpaio ignored the order and continued to discriminate while conducting immigration enforcement on traffic stops.
Apraio has maintained that his charging was a political hit from the Obama administration and that his agency was legally conducting immigration enforcement.
Arpaio had not yet been sentenced for the misdemeanor contempt charge, but President Trump wasn’t going to wait.
In a statement released by the White House they said:
Today, President Donald J. Trump granted a Presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio’s life and career, which began at the age of 18 when he enlisted in the military after the outbreak of the Korean War, exemplify selfless public service.
After serving in the Army, Arpaio became a police officer in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, NV and later served as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), formerly the Bureau of Narcotics. After 25 years of admirable service, Arpaio went on to lead the DEA’s branch in Arizona.
In 1992, the problems facing his community pulled Arpaio out of retirement to return to law enforcement. He ran and won a campaign to become Sheriff of Maricopa County. Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.
Regardless of how you feel about Joe Arpaio, do you think that the president should have the authority to allow people to violate court orders? We’d like to hear from you.