Former Phoenix sheriff Joe Arpaio, aka the toughest sheriff in America, has ignored an order to stop hunting on illegal Latinos. This week the feared sheriff was sentenced by the judge. Arpaio can get a six-month custody sentence, but he will appeal to this sentence
The 85-year-old Arpaio is known as the “toughest sheriff in America” for 24 years, the horror of many Latino in Maricopa County, part of Phoenix. He allowed policemen in Phoenix, located in the US state of Arizona, to arrest Latino people regularly just on the basis of their appearance and then checked whether they were legal in the country. The judge ruled four years ago that it is ethnically profiling and that the practices are illegal.
Now he is sentenced for failure to comply with a court order. According to his lawyer, the order of the court in 2011 was not entirely clear. The sheriff does not agree with the conviction and appeals. On October 5 this year the sentence is scheduled, possibly Arpaio will disappear behind the bars for half a year.
Tents City in the desert
The former sheriff was known for the controversial Tent City: a tent camp in the midst of the bloody hot desert, locking illegal Mexicans. He forced them to wear pink briefs, where he put his signature on. He also employed female prisoners in striped prison clothing work, chained together, along with the streets of Phoenix.
Legal costs have risen in recent years. Maricopa Country already spent over 270 million dollars in court cases, settlements and attorney fees. Although the former sheriff was chosen by the population for 24 years, he lost his popularity. He lost the function as a sheriff: last November he became defeated at the Sheriff elections.