Filipinos react to Joe Arpaio pardon

by Fleur Magbanua-Mansur, ABS-CBN News


PHOENIX, AZ — The former Maricopa Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona is a free man after President Trump granted him pardon Friday, three days after the President’s Phoenix campaign rally, and at the height of Texas’ Hurricane Harvey.

The controversial sheriff was convicted of criminal contempt, defying court orders to stop racial profiling, particularly of Latinos.

Arpaio’s sentencing is not due until October. The president’s decision to pardon Arpaio received criticism from the Republican party.

Senator John McCain tweeted, “No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted with the privilege of being sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold.”

Even the speaker of the house Paul Ryan disagreed with Trump’s decision.

“Law enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the united states. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon,” said Ryan’s spokesperson.

Historically, US presidents have waited until the court sentencing is over before pardoning criminals. The president’s action did not surprise this valley resident.

“I was saddened by him doing that, because I felt Joe Arpaio himself did commit the crimes he was convicted of. Because of that, I felt he should rightly go to jail even for six months,” said Rogel Carlos. “He did perform a lot of atrocities here in phoenix. He did a lot of things illegally. I feel that a lot of those things were illegally done because he is a racist. That’ s the bottom line.

But for this Fil-Am, Pres. Trump did the right thing.

“I think he deserves to be pardoned. He did a good job taking care of Phoenix. He’s been in the service for a long time, and he helped a lot of people and he is already old,” said Flora Sankey.

The former Sheriff thanked the president in a tweet for seeing his conviction for what is – a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department.

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  • Mario
    30 August 2017 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Bill Clinton pardoned 450 convicted criminals, Bush pardoned 75, Pardoning is a power granted by the US Constitution to all sitting President. Arpaio’s convicted for Criminal contempt, defying court order for racial profiling on Latino’s. Trump pardoned ARPAIO’S being a patriot, veteran, and a victim of political witch hunts by Obama justice holdover. Clinton pardoned Marc Rich an international fugitive, and NYTimes called it a shocking abuse of Presidential power, who donated 450K to Clinton Foundation and 1M to DNC.

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    30 August 2017 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    When law enforcement officers like in the case of Sheriff’s Joe Arpaio do their very best to protect and serve his “town” from the influx of illegals (including the politically correct undocumented immigrants), he is wronged. So unbelievable because this days people including Filipinos would let their “guilt ridden” lives to turn a blind eye or deaf ears on illegal immigrants. We cannot be that ignorant to misuse or abuse the notion that this is a country of immigrants. Filipinos have a longstanding history of being immigrants here in the United States. However, we also have Filipinos who are naturally lazy, abusers, crying, bitching, etc.