Presidential Pardons have always been a matter of concern because of the nature of the pardon and the event in which it was given. In the past, Presidents have granted pardon to people who are seen as contributory Americans and who have done a considerable amount of good to society and the people living in it.
Presidents in the past have granted this pardon to those who have committed minor crimes and who are going to go through prison sentences, not too hardened criminals who have caused devastation to the lives of thousands of people all over America.
Joe Arpaio was no ordinary Sheriff. During his tenure as the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arpaio was involved with a number of acts which otherwise would warrant the legal system to take prompt action.
He believed in white supremacy and saw to it that members of the Hispanic community were made to live in adverse conditions and fear of deportation. He would try his best to inflict injustices on people belonging to this community so as to fulfill this goal that he held and the notions that he lived by. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Arpaio was allowed to carry on his post for more than twenty-five years in spite of people knowing about the deeds that he had committed and the injustices that he had inflicted on members of this community. His injustices gave rise to several organizations that worked tirelessly to get the man put behind bars.
One of the organizations that worked in this manner was the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which was formed as a direct consequence of the injustices that Arpaio was engaging in. The organization was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who both got to witness these atrocities first hand and without anyone coming in the way of his deeds.
The organizations that wanted him to be arrested worked tirelessly for ten long years to see their goals to fruition. In October 2017, those goals would be realized and people would finally see the result that they have been longing for for such a long time.
But alas, the happiness was short lived as just a month after the sentence was given, Arpaio received a presidential pardon, thereby relieving him of his sentence. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Even though Arpaio was such a well-known criminal who affected countless people, the only reason why he was granted Presidential Pardon was that of his affiliation with Trump and the Republican Party.
Arpaio and Trump have known each other for an incredibly extended period, and getting Arpaio free was one of the things on Trump’s agenda during the 2016 elections. Moreover, the two share the same viewpoints on a lot of subjects, which further sheds light on the reasoning for the pardon.
It is evident that the pardon was granted for Trump’s selfish reasons and not for the benefit of the people at large.
The reason people who have committed crimes in the past have been sentenced is so that they can refrain from committing these acts once again, but with Arpaio, it seems like the system is overlooking that fact, allowing him to go on as he pleases.