Sheriff Joe Arpaio is 84 years old and is known as ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ because he is brutally tough on illegal immigration. He’s in his sixth term serving Maricopa County in Arizona. He also endorsed Donald Trump for president.
Sheriff Joe has been found in contempt of court for disobeying a federal judge’s orders in a racial profiling case. This brings him closer to a possible criminal contempt case that if he loses could result in fines and even jail time.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow set a May 31 hearing for attorneys to discuss penalties. Shortly thereafter, Snow said he will issue an order on remedies and whether he will refer the case for criminal contempt.
This all stems back three years ago when Snow ruled that Arpaio’s officers racially profiled Latinos in regular traffic stops and immigration patrols. The judge ordered a sweeping overhaul of Sheriff Joe’s agency, including making patrol officers wear body cameras and conducting more training to ensure officers aren’t making unconstitutional traffic stops.
Sheriff Joe has acknowledged violating Snow’s orders, including letting deputies conduct his signature immigration patrols 18-months after the judge barred them.
The judge said Friday that Arpaio “engaged in multiple acts of misconduct, dishonesty and bad faith” related to those who sued over the racial profiling and “made multiple intentional misstatements of fact” while testifying during a hearing.
Snow is expected to require Maricopa County to compensate Latinos who were detained during the 18-months that Arpaio’s office violated the prohibition on its immigration patrols. According to the Associated Press, Maricopa County has already paid out $41 million over the past eight years in the case, and taxpayers will have to pick up an additional $13 million over the next year.
What the judge and the Associated Press failed to point out was how much the illegal alien invasion has cost the residents of Phoenix, and how many lives have been saved and crimes prevented by Sheriff Joe and his team.