10 Facts About Joe Arpaio

1. In 1998 Joe Arpaio instituted a policy of charging inmates for their meals, levying a dollar-a-day tariff against each of those incarcerated.

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2. In 2007, Joe Arpaio said that it was an "honor" for his department to be compared to the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist terrorist organization.

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3. On July 7, 2009, Joe Arpaio held a press conference and announced that he would not cooperate with the investigation, either by providing documents or permitting interviews with personnel.

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4. In 2005, Joe Arpaio began focusing on enforcing immigration laws, after Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas was elected with a campaign slogan of "Stop illegal immigration.

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5. In February 2007, Joe Arpaio instituted an in-house radio station he called KJOE, broadcasting classical music, opera, Frank Sinatra hits, patriotic music, and educational programming five days a week, four hours each day.

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6. In January 2018, Joe Arpaio announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the US Senate in 2018.

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7. As of September 2012, Joe Arpaio was a defendant in a federal class action suit and a United States Department of Justice suit, both of which alleged racial profiling.

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8. In November 2010, Joe Arpaio created an armed illegal immigration operations posse to help his deputies enforce immigration law.

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9. In late 2008 and early 2009, Joe Arpaio appeared in Smile.

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10. Over the course of his career, Joe Arpaio was the subject of several federal civil rights lawsuits.

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