Arizona Voters Deserve to Know Joe Arpaio’s True Record of Brutality and Abuse

Last year, former sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt after he defied a federal judge’s order to stop racially profiling and unlawfully detaining Latino residents of Maricopa County, Arizona. Less than a month later, President Trump pardoned Arpaio, claiming that he is “loved in Arizona” and “was treated unbelievably unfairly.”

Fresh from his pardon, Arpaio decided to run for U.S. Senate following the retirement of Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. He is now a candidate in the Aug. 28 Republican primary.

The ACLU does not endorse or oppose candidates for office, but we are committed to informing voters about Arpaio’s stances on issues like immigrant rights, racial justice, and criminal justice reform. This summer, we plan to mobilize activists to take steps to educate voters about Arpaio’s political positions and his record as Maricopa County sheriff.

Get the facts about Joe Arpaio’s record

Arpaio’s candidacy has major implications for Arizona and the country, as the president attempts to take his harmful policies nationwide. Trump has not only tried to whitewash Arpaio’s record, but he has also championed the disgraced ex-sheriff’s horrific tactics: attacking immigrant communities, defending racial profiling, and encouraging brutality from law enforcement.

Long before the Trump administration erected a tent city detention camp for migrant children in Texas, Arpaio had his own “Tent City,” a brutal, outdoor holding pen that he once proudly referred to as a “concentration camp.” People who encountered Arpaio’s detention system faced gruesome conditions and humiliating practices, and they were denied basic necessities and health care. For instance, female inmates reported that officers made them sleep in their own menstrual blood and assaulted pregnant women.

For years, the ACLU fought Arpaio’s discriminatory conduct, including his office’s cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees and its practice of illegally detaining people based on their perceived immigration status and discriminating against Latinos in traffic stops. The ACLU won a preliminary injunction and then a trial ruling in its class-action lawsuit to stop Arpaio’s illegal traffic stop policies. A federal judge issued a civil contempt order against Arpaio in 2016 due to his repeated flouting of court orders in the ACLU case. And in a separate criminal proceeding before a different federal judge, Arpaio was convicted in 2017 of criminal contempt as well because his contempt of court was willful and deliberate.

Naturally, Arpaio is a vocal supporter of Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, including the border wall, and an opponent of legal protections for undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children. DACA recipients, he said, should be deported. Arpaio’s Republican opponents hold similar views on immigrant justice issues. Former state Sen. Kelli Ward is a longtime opponent of immigration reform and DACA, while Rep. Martha McSally recently shifted to take positions hostile to immigrant rights.

No pardon or praise from the Trump will ever wash away Arpaio’s legacy of discrimination and abuse. We fully intend to make sure that Arizona voters learn about the record and stances of the real Joe Arpaio.

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Denial Denier

@Dr T.L. Treating people like criminals if they do not signal their turns is way past brain rot.
Every american president in the last 50 years has been worse than the preceding ones. Let Trump finish his term because the next president elected, the way things are degrading, will probably be the beast from the Apocalypse! It seems democracy gives bad results when over half the voters and candidates are inbred retards like Arpaio. Luckily, the sixth major life extinction caused by runaway technology mostly made in USA will soon wipe out the problem. 25-50 years from now, life in Arizona will be unbearable in either normal cities or Tent cities.

Anonymous

Dr. Leary,
I am surprised with the education you have you can be so ignorant of facts and not see a cruel racist person for what he is. But then, in Germany we did have educated people who supported Hitler as well, based on their sense of superiority, not intelligence. Shame on you!

Anonymous

Profiling is good police work.
If you lived near our border, you would see the problem.
ACLU is a subversive group.

Anonymous

Racists and dictatorial minded individuals have no business tying to achieve political credits, specially if their creed is one of blatant discrimination, human rights abuses and latent hatred toward minorities and peoples of differing cultures, Please spread the evil and malicious acts this depraved and malicious Trump lover, Let's remind them that their main goal while in office is "To Protect and To serve" and not the opposite, Thanks

Sufamelico from...

Doctor T. Leary, Sir. Are you serious? In "Dealing with unsavory People, After a while it starts to rot their brains" Really ? And having a president with no brain to rot has not yet gotten your attention? In which planet or country do they practice this exemplary form of laws ? I ask this because here in SoCal we seldom accept those acts of barbarism that Arpaio did as a casual thing to do to the fellow men/women/human being And for you Sir, to say "He has to deal with unsavory people How do we know Arpaio didn't apply for a job at McDonalds, where he prob'ly could have dealt with "Less unsavory people" But don't count on it yet, Is possible that Sheriff most likely applied to the wrong job, What'd you say to that ? Have a good day now and Thanks

Anonymous

I'm voting for him. I don't have a problem with Profiling. At all. Period. It's just how it is. Any other country with common sense immigration policies would have the same rules. I bet we have close to the worst homeland security in the world (Minus some of the overseas countries that encounter terrorism attacks on the regular because they are sympathizers). I know libs want the United States to be the same way but I disagree. It needs to be fixed. I don't care the background / ethnicity or country of origin. If you cross illegally it is illegal. Period. When a foreign countries lawyers sit at the border reading scripts and rehearsing with illegal immigrants what to say to immigration officials for their "best chance at appearing victims to violence" just to get into the country it is a problem. There are entire camps at the border that are "told what to say" before crossing. Or when people cross illegally just to give birth to a child that later becomes an "Legal Citizen" I have a problem with that also. Most of these so called "DACA" "Dreamers" have been in this country their whole lives and made NO EFFORT to fill out the correct paperwork. Being lazy doesn't make you a legal citizen. Make the effort and follow the legal process correctly. If you want to have a better life look back to what the patriots of our country did to free ourselves from tyranny. Revolution. Simple as that. "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Franklin
If people have a problem with this; I don't care. Facts are facts. Illegal is illegal. Period. Go Arpaio!

Nick

You’re a bit of a nasty creature aren’t you. Maybe we should LOCK YOU UP ., on the charge of first degree ass*&lism.

Anonymous

Lock him up

PERSON OR PERSONS

IT'S NOT A DISCRIMINATION OR PROFILING ISSUE. IT'S A CRIMINAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING RACKET ISSUE. AND THE PRIMARY SUSPECTS "ILLEGAL ALIEN'S" KNOW THEY ARE BREAKING THE LAW....THEY JUST DON'T GIVE A SH*T.
EXCUSE US FOR DEFENDING OUR OWN COUNTRY.
AND IF ANY ONE FORGOT, THE CONSTITUTION STARTS WITH "WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES"
NOT CANADA,,,NEW ZEALAND...OR PLANET DELUSION.
THIS SHERIFF SHOULD RUN FOR OFFICE AGAIN

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