On Friday, August 24th, Trump issued a presidential pardon of Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona and devoted aide to Trump's birther crusade. Earlier this year, Arpaio was convicted for defying a court order which barred his deputies from conducting "immigration round-ups" — racially profiling Hispanics and detaining them on suspicion of their legal status. Trump defended Arpaio by saying he was "fired for doing his job." However, Arpaio severely jeopardized the lives of those he was assigned to protect. Dozens of sex crimes cases (many involving children) were shelved in order to fund his racist raids on Hispanics. He housed inmates in brutal, unhealthy conditions such as outdoor jails in sweltering heat and chain gangs. Women inmates were denied menstrual products and those mentally ill were targeted for abuse, leading to higher than average suicide rates in his jails. (See Phoenix New Times compilation)
Typically, pardons are issued for criminals who have accepted responsibility of their crimes, 5 years or more after their conviction, and with a recommendation from the Department of Justice. In Arpaio's case, none of these normalities apply. Trump's circumvention of the judicial process for Arpaio runs directly in contrast to Trump's supposed policy of "law and order" and sends the message that corrupt, racist, dangerous cops are above the law. It is also further evidence that Trump will abuse his power to serve his personal interests and relationships, put the safety and well-being of minority communities in danger, and continue to embolden racists in and out of public office.
CONGRESSPERSON TULSI GABBARD (808) 541-1986 OR (202) 225-4906 / HTTPS://GABBARD.HOUSE.GOV/CONNECT/SHARE-YOUR-IDEAS
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY]. I'm calling to express my outrage that Trump issued a pardon of former sheriff Joe Arpaio. I ask that Rep. [Gabbard or Hanabusa] publicly condemn this blatant abuse of power and dangerous acceptance of corrupt, racist law enforcement officials. Thank you for your time and attention.