Racial profiling is not something that Sheriff Arpaio has introduced; it’s an old phenomena that has been around since the beginning of human civilization. In American history, the people who have suffered most from this have been people who do not appear to be of pure European heritage.
Different groups and admixtures of non-Europeans have suffered to different extents. Some groups are thought of as “model minorities” who are “desirable” to live around. Others are thought of being less “desirable”–less attractive and more inferior. In the past, the groups who are now “model minorities” never used to be “model minorities.”
They used to be demonized by the media and various organizations. However, as time went on, certain model minorities were demonized less and eventually prospered in American society. Latino people make up a minority, though they are not a model minority. As a result, prejudice and racism is directed at them like a laser beam.
For many Hispanics, this laser beam of prejudice and racism took the form of Sheriff Arpaio. Like a racist hawk, he watched the roads, trying to see which Hispanics he could harass next.
The people who worked under his orders did the same. What ended up happening was that legal citizens were falsely accused as being border jumpers and detained until proven innocent. It must have been extremely embarrassing and insulting to be profiled as an illegal immigrant on the basis of having brown skin and dark features.
It was a matter of time before Arpaio got caught for his unfair crimes. U.S. District Court Judge Snow issued the man an order that required him to quit the prejudice.
Arpaio had a chance to stop doing what he was doing and to make amends. Instead of making amends, he spent about two more loathsome years doing the same thing. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://james-larkin.com/about/
He didn’t get too far by doing that. The courts realized that he wasn’t listening to their orders, and they didn’t buy the excuse that he gave for utterly refusing to follow what they had told him to do. As a result, Susan Bolton, a judge, took the initiative to lay a charge of criminal contempt upon him.
A jail sentence could have really been devastating to Sheriff Arpaio’s life because he is already so advanced in years. If he received any length of jail-time, especially a sentence close to ten or fifteen years, that could have technically been a life sentence.
Think about it: He has lived for 85 years. If he got a jail sentence of about ten or fifteen years, he might have been forced to live in jail into his 90s and 100s!
Well, the pardon was good for Sheriff Arpaio and his family. However, a lot people felt that the justice system had failed. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were major opponents of Sheriff Arpaio’s pardon.
Their opposition to the loathly man is not a shocker, considering how he tried to instill fear into them so that they wouldn’t utilize their First Amendment rights to write against him.