[Sheriif] Arpaio has long been a controversial figure both in Arizona and nationally. The sheriff and his deputies were found to have violated the constitutional rights of Latinos in 2013, and in 2015 the federal ruling was mostly upheld. And he’s been sued multiple times. Since he took office in 1993, he’s cost taxpayers $142 million in legal expenses, settlements and court awards, according to the Arizona Republic.
Yet, the man who calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff” has been reelected six times and he’s going for number seven.
But less amusing that Politico’s usual obtuseness in this: Sheriff Joe will be attending the upcoming Trump rally both as an endorser, and an enforcer.
“Here I’m gonna be kinda wearing two hats — in charge of the security there in the town and also participating, I would imagine, with Trump in the rally, so it makes it interesting,” Arpaio said in an interview with POLITICO, adding that it “is going to be a lot of fun taking care of business there.”
I find it alarming when the state police apparatus combines its leader’s personal politics with law enforcement.