It is reported that the White House has the paperwork ready to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio
There were concerns President Donald Trump would pardon Arpaio at a campaign style rally in Phoenix on Tuesday
Trump strongly hinted he would be giving Arpaio a pardon on Tuesday but it would come later
Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt last month after ignoring a court order involving a racial profiling case
Arpaio is scheduled for sentencing on October 5, 2017
On Tuesday there was concern that President Donald Trump would pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a campaign style rally held in Phoenix.
Thousands of protesters showed up outside the Phoenix Convention Center in disapproval of Trump and the possibility of Arpaio’s pardon.
Inside the Convention Center, Trump hinted that he would be giving Arpaio a pardon and referred to him as a “good guy.”
Arpaio’s Pardon Ready To Go
Today, CNN has reported that the White House has the paperwork ready for Arpaio’s pardon, and are now just waiting for Trump’s final approval.
An administration official has also said that there are talking points ready for the backlash of the pardon, including his 50-years of service in in the military, the Drug Enforcement Administration and as Arizona’s Maricopa County sheriff.
The talking points also claim it is not fair to send Arpaio to prison for “enforcing the law,” and “working to keep people safe.”
Arpaio is well-known as a Trump supporter that was found guilty of criminal contempt last month after ignoring a court order in a racial profiling case. The former sheriff is scheduled to be sentenced on October 5, 2017.
During the rally Trump strongly suggested on Tuesday that Arpaio’s sentencing would not happen, stating, “I’ll make a prediction, I think he’s going to be just fine.” Trump also stated that “I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy.”
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton requested Trump to reschedule his Phoenix rally as the country continues to struggle in the wake of the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville that claimed the life of Heather Heyer and injured 19 others.
There were minor altercations before and during Trump’s Tuesday rally, but police managed to keep the opposing crowds separated. After the rally, Phoenix police used a shocking amount of tear gas, pepper spray, and pepper spray balls against a small crowd of protesters.
Police claim the use of excessive force came after protesters threw bottles of water, rocks, and tear gas at officers. No officers were injured during the melee, although two officers reportedly received medical attention for heat exhaustion.