Notorious former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio loses bid to win back seat | News of america

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpio, notorious for his abusive policing and staunch anti-immigration tactics, has lost his bid to regain his post for 24 years.

An early Donald Trump supporter and proponent of the racist theory that Barack Obama was not born in the US, Arappio lost the Republican primary for Maricopa County Sheriff to former aide Jerry Sheridan. Sheridan will contest against Democrat Paul Penzone in the November election.

It was Arpao’s second failed attempt to return to politics after Trump was pardoned by him in 2017, when he pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of court for violating a judge’s order to stop racially profiling Latino. had gone. In 2018, he finished last in a three-way race for the Senate nomination in Arizona. This latest defeat marks the end of an 88-year-old political career.

But Sheridan, a 38-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, has promised to carry on the legacy of Arpio’s harsh, anti-immigrant policing. Trump also has Arpaio’s legacy. “Sheriff Joe” was Trump’s predecessor, he said in a recent interview with the Guardian, Chuck Coughlin, a Republican adviser in Arizona. Arpio, who calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff”, became infamous for his reality star showmanship and anti-immigration crackdown long before Trump. “He said that Trump is now using that birth of the nationalism narrative.”

From 1992 through 2016 as Sheriff of Phoenix, Arpaio built the “Tent City” prison, compared to a concentration camp he had, where inmates were forced to work in the chain gang in Arizona’s 120F heat had gone. His department raised $ 147m in taxpayer-funded legal bills, and investigated complaints of more than 400 sexual offenses.

But he is best known nationally for his anti-immigration strategy. Embracing a national program that allowed his officers to act as immigration agents, he invited the camera crew on the raid. In 2013 a federal judge found that his department racially outlawed Latino, and his traffic patrols targeted immigrants.

Voters eventually grew tired of his acrimonious tactics and voted for him in 2016. This year his campaign was very humiliating for Sheridan, but to no avail. Although Sheridan has vowed to pick up some of Arpio’s signature policies, if he has chosen, he has indicated that he will do so without bombing and theatricality. Sharidan, like Arpio, was convicted of civil contempt of court for disobeying an order to stop racial profiling, but was not charged with criminal contempt.

Penzone, who unified Arpio in 2016, is still regarded as a favored candidate in November. Political strategists believe Trump’s fate in November could be gauged when Arpio’s fall from power in Arizona.

Show Arpaio’s nationalism as well as Arizona’s infamous “Give me your papers” legislation that gave law enforcement broad rights to target Latino, galvanizing a generation of progressive activists – many of whom serve in local and state office Are selected for. “The state is becoming more diverse, and it is becoming more Latino – and it’s becoming smaller,” Marissa Franco, co-founder of Social Justice Advocacy Group Mijente, said in an interview with the Guardian. “It wakes a voter up, I think, more justice-minded.”

According to Konglin, Arpio – and Trump – represent, moderate Republicans are also disgusted by that nationalism. “All our research shows that the majority of Republicans want real immigration reform,” he said. “[Trump has] A weapon that does not appeal to most Arizonans.

Agencies contributed reporting