I revisited my archive of Arpaio photos in light of President's Trump's announcement to grant a presidential pardon of Joe Arpaio. These photos were made while I was working in Phoenix 1999-2012. Lots of links to topically related stories.
June, 2012, Arpaio walks through a crowd of reporters during a protest in front of his jails on Buckeye Road in Phoenix. The protest was organized by the Unitarians and was one of the largest anti-Arpaio protests in Phoenix.
Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, loved the spotlight. He basked in its warm glow. Needed it, like an addict needs heroin. He sought it out incessantly. He didn't do anything during his tenure at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office without first considering how it would burnish his reputation.
In my 13 years in Phoenix, I saw Arpaio make just one principled decision.
In April, 2005, an off duty Army reservist pulled into a rest area on Interstate 8. He saw several Hispanic men there and assuming they were undocumented immigrants, claimed "self defense," pulled a gun on them and made a "citizen's arrest." Maricopa County's newly elected Republican County Attorney Andrew Thomas (since disbarred for bringing false prosecutions against political opponents) called the reservist a hero. Arpiao, in the only principled decision I saw come out of his office, called the reservist's claims "hogwash" refused to arrest the immigrants and, in fact, arrested the reservist.
Arpaio craved the media spotlight.