Racial profiling is often based on ethnicity as well as national origin. It continues to plague the nation even though there is a constitutional guarantee stating equal treatment according to the law.
As such, reports from different leadership conferences indicate that there is evidence of growing racial profiling between Americans and Hispanics. As illustrated in the case of Joe Arpaio against the county of Maricopa, Hispanics are likely to be stopped for a search on every entry point more than Americans.
Joe Arpaio’s Case
Joe Arpaio is a prominent former legal enforcement officer. Having served as the 36th sheriff for Maricopa for about 24 years, he earned a title as the toughest sheriff in the county. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://james-larkin.com/
Perhaps this title was influenced by his attitude and focus to eradicate all immigrants from the county. Starting out as a tough law enforcer in 2005, he stood against illegal immigration by opposing anti-illegal immigration law.
From that moment, he has been outspoken about immigration and its impact to the nation. Even worse, Arpaio became overly racial as he instructed his deputies in the county jail to instigate mental and physical torture. From his actions, many inmates lost lives while others were rendered psychologically unwell.
Arpaio Arrests Lacey and Larkin
The hardliner former sheriff has been on the limelight for all the wrong reasons. In 2010, he was on the forefront of arresting Lacey and Larkin, the two Village Media owners. Apparently, they were investigating Joe Arpaio and doing write-ups on his misconducts. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter
These reports fuelled their arrest on one evening when black police cars from the Maricopa County approached their homes and the police officers issued arrest warrants with special directive from Joe Arpaio. Given that they had a huge fan base, they were released and compensated on the grounds of illegal arrest.
Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio has been arrested for several crimes including police misconduct, abuse of power, racial profiling, the lack of clearance of cases and illegal detention of immigrants among others. Even after receiving several orders from the judge to appear in court, he still chose to disrespect the demand by failing to show up.
That marked the beginning of all his problems; the judge issued an arrest warrant that would later on instigate a conviction. On one Monday, the judge made a ruling; Arpaio was found guilty of all criminal acts he was charged against.
According to Judge Susan R. Bolton, the 85 –year-old sheriff’s misdemeanor earned him six months in jail. In a turn of events, President Trump pardoned him citing that he is the greatest law enforcement officer America has had.
The people are disappointed by Trump’s actions; terming it as constitutionally wrong. On the other hand, Lacey and Larkin are dumbfounded and disappointed because of the magnitude of evidence presented against Arpaio verses the final verdict and now his release.
Nevertheless , they are still dedicated to working with positive minded individuals in improving the lives of immigrants by protecting them from the likes of Joe Arpaio and his associates.