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Donald Trump pardons controversial sheriff

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Donald Trump pardons controversial sheriff

<p>US President Donald Trump has granted a pardon to former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America,” less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving his department’s racial profiling policy.</p> <p>In a statement announcing the pardon, Trump’s first, he says “Throughout his time as sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration.” </p> <p>Trump had signaled this week that the first presidential pardon of his administration would go to Arpaio, 85, whom he has frequently praised for his hardline immigration stance.</p> <p>The controversial decision wasn’t well received with one senator calling it “shameful and appalling.”</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Presidential pardons should not be rewards for bad behavior and discrimination. Granting a pardon to Joe Arpaio is shameful and appalling.</p>— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenFranken/status/901265083703189506">August 26, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS"><code>POTUS</a>'s pardon of Joe Arpaio, who illegally profiled Latinos, undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law <a href="https://t.co/2FckGtwQ2m">https://t.co/2FckGtwQ2m</a></p>— John McCain (</code>SenJohnMcCain) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenJohnMcCain/status/901276851561222144">August 26, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Arpaio, who campaigned for Trump in 2016, was convicted on July 31 by US District Judge Susan Bolton, who ruled he had willfully violated a 2011 injunction barring his officers from stopping and detaining Latino motorists solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally.</p> <p>He was due to be sentenced in October.</p>