Arizona Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, was pardoned by President Trump on his conviction for criminal contempt after he defied a court order and refused to cease traffic stops of vehicles suspected of carrying illegal immigrants.
Arpaio became controversial for constructing outdoor tent cities for prisoners, reviving chain gangs, serving bad food, and making the inmates wear prison stripe clothes and pink underwear to humiliate them. The intent of all that was to discourage crime and to stop illegal immigrants from entering his county. He says he was prosecuted by Obama holdovers because he conducted an investigation into Obama’s birth certificate and declared it a fake. Arpaio endorsed Trump before he was taken seriously as a candidate.
The “will he/won’t he” speculation will run all day — right up until Trump takes the stage in Phoenix around 10 p.m. eastern tonight. So, it’s worth asking: How did we get here with Joe Arpaio?
Arpaio first came to national prominence in the early 1990s when, as newly elected sheriff of Maricopa County, he pushed the construction of Tent City — an open-air jail he viewed as not only a solution to prison overcrowding but also a way to burnish his tough-on-crime persona.
“We’re going to do it, and it’s time to get tough around here,” Arpaio said in 1993 when Tent City was unveiled, according to the Arizona Republic. “And to get tough, you have to have a place to put the bad guys.”
Arpaio also made prisoners wear pink underwear and pink handcuffs as a way of shaming them (and to stop them from stealing each others’ clothes). In the mid-1990s, he reinstated chain gangs — including for women and juveniles. He pushed for every mug shot to be posted online. He cut down prison meals to two a day — no lunch! — and banned the use of salt and pepper to save money.
59 homicide/aggravated assault convicts and 239 rapists and sex offenders have been released so far this year. The First Step law turns over the power to release prisoners to administrators at the Bureau of Prisons that can release whoever they want to.
When police officers in the city are this vulnerable to attack, no one in the city is safe, especially the public. Democrat New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has demonized his own police force as ‘racist’ for years, and his policies have neutered them.
Kathy Zhu says that officials of the Miss World America beauty pageant stripped her state title and barred her from national competition because of social media posts, which were taken out of context, that they claimed were racist, Islamophobic, and insensitive.
Georgia state representative, Erica Thomas, tweeted that a white man verbally assaulted her by saying she was “a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from.” She later lamented in a Facebook video that “People are getting really out of control with this white privilege stuff.” She has since backpedaled her story.
Several of the resolutions that did pass include the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade and teaching the concept of ‘white fragility’ (which they explain is produced by white supremacy culture), and other leftist causes.
The Florida Department of Health is charging McCarthy with violating state law by lying about being a doctor, under the state’s unlicensed activity statutes. She said, “I wanted to be somebody in the community, and I’m sorry.”
George Nader has now been indicted on multiple charges of importing child pornography into the US in 2018. FBI agents found dozens of child-porn videos on Nader’s phones, with some depicting children as young as 3 years old.
Democrat Senator Cory Booker introduced legislation that would allow anyone in prison for more than 10 years to petition for release — thus, requiring the state to prove its case all over again!
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