Once upon a time, not so long ago, in a place not so far away, there was a land ruled by Joe Arpaio. Maricopa County, Arizona in the 1990s and 2000s. If you were brown, you would be caught for anything and everything. If you were lucky to be put in brick and mortar jails, you would be given stale bread and milk, and moved constantly and not be given time to sleep. Coffee and TV were banned in those jails. But if they are going to lock you up for a long time for say drinking and driving, the jails will be overfilled. Then you would be put in one of Araipo’s tents. No matter the weather in the Arizona desert, you would be placed in a tent with just a pink underwear beneath your prison garb. Cruel? Racist? Yes, it was unequal justice. But Joe Araipo thought he was above the law.
In the Mid 90s Joe Arpaio gained enormous popularity in the State. He also increased the cruelty standard. He was sued by the Justice Department for wrongful death in 97, and settled with the family for 8.25 million.
The cruelty continued to rise. Araipo installed webcams in jails, including those of female inmates using the bathroom. Of course those web cams generated millions of views and strengthened Joe’s support in Arizona. Luckily however in 2004, a court ruled that those webcams violated the rights of pre trial detainees who have not yet been convicted.
In 2007, Arpaio turned his hatred full force towards Mexicans, jailing anyone who was brown. A Mexican man, on a valid visa was detained and sued Arpaio. The ACLU went on to have a class action lawsuit against Arpaio for racially profiling Mexican people.
In 2012, the Justice Department also sues Arpaio and so does the ACLU. Arpaio then launches an “investigation” that Obama’s birth certificate is not legitimate. He also of course supports Trump in 2016.
Also in 2016, he loses his reelection to the former police Chief in Maricopa County. Following a pattern that is uniquely Trump’s Arpaio does not produce documents —the first one to not do so in 50 years. He gets convicted, but Trump, his guru pardons him.
Had he served his jail sentence even for 6 months, the sense of justice that the community wanted would be served. But Trump has no desire to unite this country, he is interested in being loyal to his criminal friends. And so the sense of injustice remains, and this is how, Joe Arpaio will be remembered.
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