The President has released from punishment of the former Sheriff, convicted in a case involving “racial profiling”
The speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan expressed his disagreement with the decision of President Donald trump pardoned an ex-Sheriff from Arizona Joe Arpayo, which is less than a month ago was found guilty on the criminal case connected with the policy of “racial profiling” by his Department.
“Law enforcement officers have a special responsibility for the rights of all US citizens. We cannot afford to assume that this liability is reduced as a result of this pardon,” said representative Ryan Doug Anders.
Both Republican senators from Arizona, John McCain and Jeff Flake, have condemned the President’s decision.
The White house statement issued on Friday, said: “as a Sheriff, Arpayo continued his life – to protect the public from harm in the form of crime and illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe Arpayo 85, and after more than half a century, the excellent service of our country he is a worthy candidate for a presidential pardon”.
A few days ago speech that was designed in campaign style, trump hinted that he may have mercy on Arpayo which its supporters call “the worst Sheriff in America.”
As Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Arpayo was a staunch supporter of tough measures against illegal immigrants. In July, he was convicted of contempt of court for refusing to follow the decision of the district court from 2011. The judge asked to stop patrols on roads, aimed at identifying illegal immigrants.