President Donald Trump has pardoned controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio, who served for 24 years as sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona had been convicted in July in a criminal contempt case, having been accused of refusing to cooperate with a court order in a racial profiling investigation.
The pardon for the man once known as “America’s toughest sheriff” came after Trump had said in Tuesday’s rally in Phoenix that Arpaio was “going to be just fine.”
Arpaio’s tough stances on crime and immigration gained him notoriety in recent years and made him an easy Trump ally, though his views generated their fair share of controversy as well.
Of course the ACLU has weighed in:
— ACLU (@ACLU) August 23, 2017
There hasn’t been a comment from Arpaio or his family at this time, though Justice Department sources have said that the President made the decision to pardon Arpaio on his own.