He's calls himself "America's toughest sheriff" and now he's facing a stretch in the Greybar Hotel for refusing an order to stop traffic stop patrols targeting Latinos as suspected undocumented immigrants. Convicted of contempt, Arpaio awaits sentencing.
Arpaio has been accused of various types of misconduct, including abuse of power, misuse of funds, failure to investigate sex crimes, improper clearance of cases, unlawful enforcement of immigration laws, and election law violations. A Federal court monitor was appointed to oversee his office's operations because of complaints of racial profiling. The U.S. Department of Justice concluded that Arpaio oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling in U.S. history, and subsequently filed suit against him for unlawful discriminatory police conduct.
“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president told Fox News on Sunday.
He said the pardon could come within days if he decides to act on it. Arpaio, 85, could be sentenced to up to six months in jail, though a court may avoid jail time because of his age.