President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio on Friday despite the Arizona sheriff having a human records history that would make the most brutal dictators blush.
Arpaio was a vocal proponent of Trump’s candidacy during his presidential campaign, and used his national notoriety to advocate for Trump’s similarly aggressive stance on border security and deportations.
In a brief statement released late Friday evening, the White House praised Arpaio’s career, saying he gave “50 years of admirable service” to the United States.
Arpaio thanked Trump on Twitter.
Here’s a rundown of Arpaio’s human rights history, with thanks to Phoenix New Times.
In full: Transcript of telephone call between Trump and president of Mexico
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