If there is a man who deserves to be in jail, then it is one former Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. While serving as the sheriff, he perpetuated some of the worst crimes in the history of the United States. He used his powers to crackdown illegal immigrants in the county and then subjected them to the most inhumane treatment ever.
Joe Arpaio who served from 1992 up to the last general election survived for that long in office, because he used discrimination of the immigrants as a way of retaining his seat. He knew the voting patterns of the state so well such that he could easily get elected back to office despite being unpopular for crimes against the immigrants. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
According to journalist Jim Larkin, the crimes that Joe committed were from a calculated political strategy. The county comprised of many nationalist who regarded him as a hero for the crackdown on illegal immigrants.
Unlucky for Joe, he did not just go off the hook for his crimes so easily. He has been through a number of court cases for the crimes he committed. However, his friend and a person who they share the same sentiments regarding immigration, President Trump has come to his rescue with a presidential pardon. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter
This might not be the best gesture from a president of the United States in the current times, but trump being an incompetent president, it is not outrageous that he pardoned Joe. Larkin adds that Trump and Joe are anti-immigrants and they have both condemned immigration into the United States especially for the Mexicans. Trump campaign call was for Americans to reject the migration of Mexicans into the county. He even proposed setting up a wall that would separate the United States from Mexico.
Joe Arpaio, according to another journalist Michael Lacey committed crimes that need not be condoned. It is outrageous that for someone who committed crimes against humanity, he has been let free through a court pardon. Joe was not punished for the crimes he committed which included torture, illegal imprisonments, sex crimes and even deaths.
According to Lacey, Joe Arpaio used his office to channel jail money to other programs. He set up a concentration camp in the county which would be used to punish illegal immigrants in the country. The conditions in the concentration camp were awful, the temperatures during the summers would go up to 135 degrees. This is clear indication of human torture in the name of fighting illegal immigration.
Arpaio is also accused of causing the death of a woman with diabetes after denying her medication. Other crimes happened in the concentration camps such as beatings and deaths caused by strangulation. For Larkin, it is hard to believe that the justice system and president trump have allowed a man who had committed all these crimes to go scot free.
Lacey and Larkin are victims of his illegal actions. In October 2007, they were arrested in the middle of the night for a story they had done about grand jury proceedings.