On Monday, Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt, according to a report from the Associated Press:
‘BREAKING: Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona convicted of crime for refusing to stop targeting immigrants in traffic patrols.’
BREAKING: Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona convicted of crime for refusing to stop targeting immigrants in traffic patrols.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 31, 2017
The former Arizona sheriff, who was ousted from his position in November, was charged with misdemeanour contempt-of-court after he chose not to follow a 2011 court order in a racial profiling case, the NY Daily News explains.
He was ordered to stop traffic patrols from targeting immigrants, but allegedly continued to over the next 17 months. When asked to explain his actions, he blamed his lawyer for not properly explaining the terms.
According to Fox News, the controversial ex-sheriff is expected to be sentenced on October 5, 2017, and should expect six months in jail, if convicted.
Arpaio has been a controversial figure within American politics for the last two and a half decades. Self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” he’s long come under fire for taking things too far, especially regarding his stance on illegal immigration.
According to the responses on Twitter, people think his arrest is warranted. Some of the best responses can be viewed below.
‘Lock. Him. Up.’
Lock. Him. Up.
— diabloroh (@diabloroh) July 31, 2017
‘Couldn’t have happened to a nicer, more well-deserving fella.’
Couldn't have happened to a nicer, more well-deserving fella.
— Mark A. Moyer (@MarkAMoyer) July 31, 2017
‘If he’s not too old to be sheriff, he’s not too old for prison.’
If he's not too old to be sheriff, he's not to old for prison
— Varmint_Cong (@Tommy3Tones) July 31, 2017
‘Justice has been served!’
Justice has been served!
— Susan Fx Borrelli ???? (@borrellisusan1) July 31, 2017
‘He’ll be looking for a trump pardon’
He'll be looking for a trump pardon
— Dave Ball (@davvad1234) July 31, 2017
‘Hope he gets the “ruff ride” when he’s stuffed and cuffed’
Hope he gets the "ruff ride" when he's stuffed and cuffed
— Rob Santucci (@robs42775) July 31, 2017
‘Finally! Lock his sorry ass up!’
Finally! Lock his sorry ass up!
— Pissed Off Granny (@Debie_Lynne) July 31, 2017
— Cindy Darrison (@CindyDarrison) July 31, 2017
‘Even a conservative place like Phoenix woke up and voted in someone else.’
Even a conservative place like Phoenix woke up and voted in someone else.
— Dr. Doron Feinsilber (@DrFeinsilber) July 31, 2017
‘He should have fun in tent city wearing pink panties while he eats moldy bologna sandwiches.. oh as he bakes in 120* heat… Good times.’
He should have fun in tent city wearing pink panties while he eats moldy bologna sandwiches.. oh as he bakes in 120* heat… Good times
— d.m. (@missmyhappybird) July 31, 2017
Arpaio is the ‘mastermind’ behind Arizona’s ‘Tent City’ prison in Phoenix, AZ. The outdoor tent facility was used to house inmates, sometimes in 100 degree summer heat. Arpaio started ‘Tent City’ in 1993 and often forced inmates to wear women’s underwear and to work in chain gangs, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
He’s also a firm believer in the ‘birther controversy’ that argued former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate was fake.
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