Trump gives ‘toughest sheriff in the US’ grace

Trump gives ‘toughest sheriff in the US’ grace

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The American president Donald Trump has Friday pardoned a controversial former sheriff from Arizona who a month earlier was still convicted.

The 85-year-old Joe Arpaio was known as the “toughest sheriff of the USA”. The veteran of the Korean War is a convinced patriot and a supporter of Trump.

He was controversial because of his tough stance against illegal immigrants. In July he was convicted of willfully ignoring a court order.

The court had previously determined that Arpaio and his agents must stop arbitrarily holding and detention of immigrants on suspicion of illegality. The sheriff explained that command down beside her.

Witch hunt

It is the first time that president Trump uses his right to pardon. “He loved Arizona safe!”, the president declared on Twitter the pardon.

Arpaio has Trump thanks. According to the ex-sheriff saw Trump “my condemnation for what it is: a political witch-hunt” of relics of the government of Trumps predecessor Obama.


The decision of Trump led immediately to a flood of angry reactions from human rights activists and politicians. They see it as a declaration of the president that the police do not comply with the law need to keep when it comes to immigration.

“Once again speaks to Trump its support to a wetsdienaar of the law to his boot cleaning and colored people were treated differently”, said a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union. “This gives a very wrong signal. Apparently, people do not keep the law themselves not to worry.”

Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) argued that the president with his decision, “a terrorist has pardoned. The only place where Arpaio belongs, is the cell.”


Many people are also upset about the timing of Trump. The president made his controversial grace known through his favourite medium of Twitter at the time that the hurricane Harvey reached the coast.

Politicians also were upset. “It is very demotivating that Trump with his first pardon as president set the bar so low it has been laid”, said Democratic senator Patrick Leahy. “After the hatred and racism in Charlottesville would Trump other signals.”

In Charlottesville reed two weeks ago an extreme-right man in on a group of left-wing protesters. Came to this one woman and got dozens of people injured. Trump is since then under fire for the conflicting statements which he makes concerning the question of guilt.

I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!


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02:00 – August 26, 2017

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