It’s hard to imagine that Sheriff Arpaio was not born and reared with racism, judging by his obvious display of it with the Hispanic population in Arizona. The same could be said of his savior, Donald Trump.
Yet, it appears Arpaio may simply be a calculating political opportunist. He probably got the idea from a gun totting citizen who attempted to make a citizen’s arrest. In 2005, Patrick Haab held seven men at gunpoint at a rest stop. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
He discovered they were undocumented and held them at gunpoint until the police arrived and arrested him.
Sheriff Arpaio wanted the vigilante prosecuted, instead a vast percentage of the population fought it. The sheriff said, it’s not a crime to be an illegal immigrant in America at that time. He soon changed his tune when he saw the support the vigilante received. The sheriff Arpaio we know today was created right then and there. Read more:
After that experience Sheriff Arpaio began his torture of anyone Hispanic who could possibly be an illegal immigrant. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, owners of the New Times during Arpaio’s abuses, reported relentlessly of the Sheriff’s violations of human rights in their newspapers.
Once they reported about Sheriff Arpaio’s land ownership and he was so enraged by the exposure that he had both Lacey and Larkin arrested in the dark of night by plain clothes police driving and unmarked car with Mexican license plates.
They had consistently been a thorn is Arpaio’s side, always reporting on his abuses in real time. He was so irritated that he resorted to arresting them to stop their efforts to expose him. The public outrage was immense and ferocious. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
Even the Maricopa County Attorney weighed in. He had Lacey and Larkin released after 24 hours in jail stating that the arrests were improper and the case was closed.
Sheriff Arpaio wasn’t through going after reporters after the incident with Lacey ad Larkin. Another reporter, John Dougherty of the New Times discovered that Arpaio, a sheriff earning $78,000 a year owned $700,000 worth of property in Arizona.
He exposed this and the sheriff retaliated. He spent three years trying to have Dougherty prosecuted for an obscure law which says publishing a law enforcement official’s address poses an imminent threat on the internet and is unlawful.
Still, the abuses of Sheriff Arpaio continued. He was Sheriff from 1992 until 2016. In 1992, he was a retired Drug Enforcement Administration official who ran for sheriff as a reform candidate. From that day forward he tried to be “America’s Toughest sheriff”.
Instead, he was the most abusive, anti-human rights and racial profiling sheriff. When he was pardoned by President Trump a few months ago, it became clear to anyone who was still undecided, just what America’s leader believed about race.
Trump is remaining true to his father’s sentiments. Trump senior was a Klu Klux Klan member and Joe Arpaio is honored when people call him a KKK member. This appears to be an instance of birds of a feather.
We can only hope Trump’s lapse of reason was temporary, but 71 and 85 year old men have minds and hearts that are fully formed and likely to be unchangeable.