Arpaio had been due for sentencing in October.
Convicted and voted out of office in November, he has not shown any remorse.
Alejandra Gomez, co-executive director of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), said: “President Trump pardoned a terrorist tonight”.
Arpaio is now 85-years-old and has over 55 years of experience serving in law enforcement.
Arpaio was first elected as sheriff in Maricopa County 1992. Arpaio is seen as a political ally of the president, and they share similar views on immigration.
“It’s only natural the President would have a discussion with administration lawyers about legal matters”.
“After more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is [a] worthy candidate for a presidential pardon”.
Yet Arpaio continued to treat them as though they were convicted felons even though nearly none had been convicted of any crime at all. And good men like Arpaio should not be prosecuted, persecuted and punished for doing their jobs.
President Trump is under fire for pardoning law-breaking former sheriff Joe Arpaio. “He kept Arizona safe!“.
And, sure enough, a pardon was forthcoming for Arpaio with Trump using his preferred platform to make the announcement.
Arpaio’s criminal case sprang from the profiling lawsuit that ultimately discredited Arpaio’s immigration patrols and is expected to cost taxpayers $92 million by next summer.
As a procedural matter, the guidelines of the Justice Department’s office of the pardon attorney – not binding on the president, of course, and not consulted in this instance – state that petitions for clemency are normally considered only after five years have passed after a conviction.
They add that “no amount of time will erase Arpaio’s hateful harassment and the fear he instilled in our community, and no one should be above the law”. Senator Al Franken said that the pardon is “shameful and appalling” and that “Presidential pardons should not be rewards for bad behavior and discrimination”.
Mr. Arpaio for years proudly terrorized brown-skinned people across southern Arizona, catching them up in “saturation patrols” and holding them in what he referred to as a “concentration camp” for months at a time. Joe Arpaio intentionally terrorized immigrant communities across Arizona for decades and traumatized an entire generation of Arizonans.
Stanton says it’s not a proud day for Phoenix and “the city is moving on and moving forward from the divisiveness that defined the Arpaio era”.
Former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, Joe Arpaio made national headlines for his extremely hardline stance on illegal immigration. “We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon”, Ryan said.
Trump said he stood by his decision – and suggested he used increased television ratings amid Friday night’s hurricane to publicize the move.
The City can not reform the police department by cutting an of court deal with the current Department of Justice.
A TOUGH-TALKING former sheriff in the USA state of Arizona pursued illegal immigrants so zealously, that his approach led to him getting on the wrong side of the law himself.