Joe Arpaio, Arizona’s Maricopa Couty ex-sheriff, broke the law in awful ways by targeting minorities and is highly undeserving of being pardoned by Trump, writes The Economist. Under his oversight, prison inmates were subjected to terrible conditions and violence that resulted in several deaths. He encouraged his officers to target Hispanic and non-white individuals. With his presidential pardon, Trump is silently validating Arpaio’s behavior, suggesting that he’s a "patriot" who did the right thing. This sends a message that is beneath a U.S. president and goes against the rule of law that the police seeks to uphold.
President Trump did the right thing in pardoning Joe Arpaio, who always sought to protect his community and dutifully uphold the law, holds James Fotis in Fox News. He is rightly standing with America’s police officers who are unjustly chastised for doing their jobs. Arpaio’s trial was faulty to begin with; he was denied his right to a jury, for example. Under Obama’s presidency, the Department of Justice cost him re-election by abnormally filing misdemeanor charges against him two weeks before it would take place. The U.S. president understands that Arpaio used the law to protect American citizens and was unjustly sentenced.