Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you know the about the pardoning of former Maricopa County AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The scoundrel of a sheriff was able to elude justice by the stroke of President Donald Trump’s pen. Many people were chomping at the bit to see this man finally get his comeuppance. But to have it snatched away by a like-minded compadre is sickening. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/the-enduring-sins-of-joe-arpaio-michael-lacey-and-jim-larkin-speak-out-in-response-to-trumps-pardon-of-americas-worst-sheriff/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Arpaio, who served 6 terms as county sheriff, is one of the most vile human beings who ever walked the earth, according to those who crossed him. He is a racist, despicable megalomaniac who ran his department like his own personal playground.
The tales of Arpaio’s devilish deeds reads like a horror movie script. He abused his power in ways that would make Mussolini give a side-eye. Some of his greatest hits include locking inmates in constraint chairs (some prisoners suffocated), making inmates eat green bologna sandwiches and wear pink underwear. Read more: Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
It was widely-reported that prisoners were beaten and tortured. Let’s not even get started on his “tent city”, which had prisoners living in sweltering 120 degree heat.
Many people had enough of this man long before he was finally ousted in 2013. Newspaper men Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, owners of The Phoenix New Times, exposed him on a daily basis. Naturally, this didn’t set too well with Arpaio and his minions. After they exposed information regarding a grand jury hearing, old Joe had just about enough.
On the evening of Oct. 18, 2007, both men were taken from their homes and tossed into black vans with Mexican license plates. They were booked into separate jails, but subsequently released the following day after an outcry.
In 2013, they received a settlement of $3.7 million.
Neither Larkin or Lacey are shocked by the pardon. Both Trump and Arpaio were allies in the phony “birther movement”, which attempted to invalidate President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Arpaio, who felt he was completely above the law didn’t stop after the lawsuit. He was already told by a federal judge to stop racial profiling. He didn’t. After defying a court order, he was finally charged with criminal contempt.
While Arpaio should be rotting in jail wearing pink Depends, the one silver lining is that he will never be in law enforcement again. That may be a small victory for some. But if you believe like I do, there is an afterlife. Can you say Karma, Joe?