Juan Cartagena President and General Counsel LatinoJustice PRLDEF On the Pardon of Joseph Arpaio
In Washington the President of the United States has engaged in tyranny. His presidential pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is both a slap in the face to the thousands of Latinos who were racially profiled in Arizona and an unbridled rejection of the role of our federal courts to curb unconstitutional behavior.
As President of one of our nation’s leading civil rights organizations we denounce this dangerous use of executive power and commit our resolve to attack the racial profiling of our community. Sheriff Arpaio willfully ignored a lawful court order in ways that we have not seen since our African-American citizens were denied entry to our nation’s schools and universities. At that time the executive branch executed the independent will of the courts.
Now President Trump usurps that role and signals to law enforcement that he countenances discriminatory and unlawful behavior when it suits his political aims.
We cannot, and will not, stand for this.