Pardoned ex-sheriff to run for US Senate

From BBC - January 9, 2018

America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" has announced he will be running for US senate in Arizona.

Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt and later pardoned by Donald Trump, will run as a Republican to replace retiring Senator Jeff Flake.

The 85-year-old ex-Arizona sheriff was found guilty of violating a 2011 order to stop detaining migrants.

He is running to "support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump", he said in a tweet on Tuesday.

"I have a lot to offer. I am a big supporter of President Trump," Mr Arpaio told the Washington Examiner.

He was one of the earliest supporters of Mr Trump's candidacy and could have faced six months in jail if the president had not pardoned him in August.

The former policeman told the Washington Examiner that both sitting Arizona senators, Mr Flake and John McCain, opposed Mr Trump's pardon.

Mr Arpaio served as the elected sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona for 24 years until he lost the seat to a Democrat in 2016.

He rose to national prominence for detaining Spanish-speakers under suspicion of being undocumented migrants and for his sweeps of Hispanic communities searching for undocumented immigrants.

The former sheriff was convicted in July of deliberately violating a 2011 injunction halting his practice of detaining migrants who are not suspected of having committed a state crime. Only federal officers have jurisdiction over immigration.

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