Joe Arpaio


Photo: Nick Oza/The Republic

Former law enforcement officer and politician. He served as the 36th Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona for 24 years, from 1993 to 2017, losing reelection to Democrat Paul Penzone in 2016. Starting in 2005, Arpaio took an outspoken stance against illegal immigration, styling himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff". In 2010, he became a flashpoint for opposition to Arizona's SB1070 anti-illegal immigrant law, which was largely struck down by the Supreme Court of the United States. Arpaio is also known for investigating former U.S. President Barack Obama's birth certificate, and, as of 2018, he continued to claim without evidence that it was forged. Arpaio has been accused of numerous types of police misconduct, including abuse of power, misuse of funds, failure to investigate sex crimes, criminal negligence, abuse of suspects in custody, improper clearance of cases, unlawful enforcement of immigration laws, and election law violations. A Federal court monitor was appointed to oversee his office's operations because of complaints of racial profiling. The U.S. Department of Justice concluded that Arpaio oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling in U.S. history, and subsequently filed suit against him for unlawful discriminatory police conduct. Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) were named as defendants in dozens of civil lawsuits brought by citizens arrested by Arpaio and his deputies alleging wrongful arrest, wrongful death, entrapment and other claims, costing taxpayers in Maricopa County over $140 million in litigation against Arpaio during his tenure as sheriff. Over the course of his career, Arpaio was the subject of several federal civil rights lawsuits. In one case, he was a defendant in a decade-long suit in which a federal court issued an injunction barring him from conducting further "immigration round-ups". A federal court subsequently found that after the order was issued, Arpaio's office continued to detain "persons for further investigation without reasonable suspicion that a crime has been or is being committed." In July 2017, he was convicted of criminal contempt of court, a crime for which he was pardoned by President Donald Trump on August 25, 2017. In a separate racial-profiling case which concluded in 2013, Arpaio and his subordinates were found to have unfairly targeted Hispanics in conducting traffic stops. Although Arpaio sought another term as Maricopa County Sheriff in 2016, the contempt of court conviction eroded much of his remaining political support, and he was defeated in the election by Paul Penzone, a Democrat who reversed many of Arpaio's policies after taking office. Arpaio was an unsuccessful candidate in Arizona's Republican primary election for U.S. Senate in 2018. On August 25, 2019, Arpaio issued a statement saying that he would run for sheriff of Maricopa County in 2020. He lost the August 2020 primary election.


Best Living Proof That Only the Good Die Young - Arpaio's Announcement That He's Running for Mayor of Fountain Hills (Again)
"At age 91, will former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio just go away already? After his office was found guilty of widespread racial profiling of Latinos in the Melendres v. Arpaio civil rights case, Arpaio defied a federal judge's injunction and was later found guilty of contempt of court. At last count, complying with the court's orders in Melendres has cost taxpayers $253 million. Since being drummed out of office in disgrace in 2016, Arpaio continues to linger on the body politic like a bad case of psoriasis. After losing a 2022 comeback bid to be mayor of Fountain Hills to Democratic incumbent Ginny Dickey, Arpaio refused to fade away, selling his signature pink underwear at gun shows and recently announcing that in 2024 he will again be a candidate for Fountain Hills' top spot. Dare to dream, huh? Arpaio runs for spite, saying he wants to end Fountain Hills' contract with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services. Supposedly, this would be his revenge against the man who beat him like a snare drum in 2016, Paul Penzone. Fortunately, the voters seem wise to this washed-up has-been's scam, and Arpaio will end his days as a loser, no matter how many times he runs for mayor."
Sep. 28, 2023
Taxpayers Will End Up Paying Over Quarter Billion Dollars In Arpaio’s Racial Profiling Case
May 22, 2023

"Taxpayers in metro Phoenix are approaching a milestone in their financial pain from a 2013 racial profiling verdict over former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration crackdowns: In roughly a year, those ongoing costs will exceed a quarter of a billion dollars.

The bill is projected to reach $273 million by the summer of 2024, officials were told Monday before they approved a tentative budget that included $38 million in legal and compliance spending for the racial profiling lawsuit during the coming fiscal year."

Joe Arpaio’s Dying Wish: One Final Desperate Grab For Power
Joe Arpaio never really went away. He's back, trying to cling to power. He wants to do it his way, and his way doesn't sit well with a lot of people. If you didn't like him behind a sheriff's desk, you really won't like him in a mayor's chair.
Jul. 30, 2022
Trump-Pardoned Joe Arpaio Cheered By Far-Right After Saying People Think He Is ‘Biggest Racist’ In US
"Attendees at a far-right conference in Florida cheered former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio when he said that he was considered the “biggest racist” in the United States. Mr Arpaio spoke at the America First Political Action Conference, a far-right gathering organised by white nationalist Nick Fuentes. Other speakers included Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene. It was hosted the same weekend as the American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando. “I have the reputation of being the biggest racist in the country. Think of that,” he said to uproarious applause."
Feb. 26, 2022
With Latest Payout, Arizona Sheriff Has Cost Taxpayers $100M
"Nearly five years after Joe Arpaio was voted out as sheriff of Arizona's most populous county, taxpayers are covering one of the last major bills from the thousands of lawsuits the lawman's headline-grabbing tactics inspired — and the overall legal tab has hit $100 million."
Oct. 29, 2021
Arizona Sheriff's Immigration Patrols To Cost Public $200M
"The costs to taxpayers from a racial profiling lawsuit stemming from former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration patrols a decade ago in metro Phoenix are expected to reach $202 million by summer 2022."
May 17, 2021
‘Radicals Of Jewish Left’ To Be Targeted By Disgraced Ex-Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s New ‘Watchdog’ Group
Sep. 2, 2020
Court Won't Let Trump Pardon Void Guilty Verdict Against Arpaio
Feb. 27, 2020
Arpaio Aides Ignored Order To Halt Sweeps
"Documents obtained by The Associated Press show a court-appointed investigator found that high-ranking managers for former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio disregarded a federal judge's order to halt immigration sweeps targeting Latinos."
Nov. 5, 2019
Here's What Joe Arpaio's Been Up To Since Losing The Last Sheriff's Race
Aug. 28, 2019
Supreme Court Turns Down Arpaio, Who Vows Fight To Vacate Conviction
Apr. 29, 2019

Sacha Baron Cohen and Joe Arpaio on "Who is America?" Photo: Sacha Baron Cohen / YouTube

Disgraced Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Told Sacha Baron Cohen He'd accept Oral Sex From Trump
Aug. 6, 2018
9th Circuit Upholds Injunction In Racial Profiling Case Against Arpaio, Maricopa County
"The injunction has already cost the county more than $100 million for training and technology and to compensate victims for violations of their constitutional rights."
Jul. 31, 2018
Joe Arpaio Films Video With Former Cult Member 'Michael The Black Man' At Border
"Michael was a follower of the Yahweh ben Yahweh cult, a black-supremacist religious sect in Florida. In 1990, the feds charged Michael and over a dozen fellow cult members with conspiracy related to brutal murders in Florida."
Jul. 27, 2018
Arpaio Tweet Of The Day: Mexican Cartel Has Put A Hit Out On Me
Jul. 19, 2018
Most Donations To Joe Arpaio's U.S. Senate Campaign Come From California
Jul. 8, 2018
Arizona Voters Deserve To Know Joe Arpaio’s True Record Of Brutality And Abuse
Jun. 27, 2018
Arpaio Is Whining About Losing The Election And Wants Jeff Sessions' Help
"Disgraced Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate whether he lost his 2016 re-election bid due to improper influence from the Obama administration, or because everyone just got tired of what a racist asshole he was."
Jun. 22, 2018
I Asked Joe Arpaio Basic Questions For A U.S. Senate Candidate. It Didn't Go Well.
May 23, 2018
Joe Arpaio Pleads Ignorance After Giving Interview To Anti-Semitic Weekly. It Was His Fifth
Apr. 8, 2018
Senate Candidate Joe Arpaio Vows To Keep Pushing Birtherism
Mar. 28, 2018
Joe Arpaio Appears To Be Running For Senate Based Solely On His Expertise In Birth Certificate Forgeries
Jan. 10, 2018
Disgraced Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Is Officially Running For Senate
Jan. 9, 2018
Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio Sued For Pursuing Charges In Bid To Damage Sen. Jeff Flake's Career
Nov. 25, 2017
It's Impossible To Overstate How Truly Vile Joe Arpaio Is
Aug. 28, 2017
Joe Arpaio, Former Sheriff In Arizona, Is Found Guilty Of Criminal Contempt
"More than a month after lawyers wrapped up closing arguments, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio guilty for defying a judge’s 2011 court order to refrain from racially profiling Latinos during patrols and turning them over to federal immigration authorities."
Jul. 31, 2017
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Sued, Again
Dec. 15, 2016
Arpaio Just Cost Us Another $200,000
Nov. 21, 2016
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Officially Charged With Criminal Contempt
Oct. 25, 2016
Sheriff Joe Arpaio: I'm Still Investigating President Barack Obama's Birth Certificate
Sep. 21, 2016
Judge Refers Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio For Criminal Prosecution
Aug. 19, 2016
Federal Judge Strips Arpaio Of Some Internal Affairs Oversight
Jul. 20, 2016
Did Arpaio Set Up Sen. Jeff Flake's Son In Green Acre Case?
Jul. 12, 2016
Watch Birther Joe Arpaio Get Flummoxed By CNN’s Simple Questions: ‘I’m Not Stupid Enough To Talk To You’
Jul. 23, 2015
Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Admits Investigation Of Judge's Wife
Apr. 24, 2015
Settlement OK'd In Botched Rape Probe By Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Apr. 9, 2015
Joe Arpaio’s Office Rebuked In Racial-Profiling Case
Mar. 18, 2014
Racial Profiling Costs Arizona County $22 Million
Jan. 3, 2014
Joe Arpaio Loses: New Times Co-Founders Win $3.75 Million Settlement for 2007 False Arrests
Dec. 20, 2013
Judge Finds Violations Of Rights By Sheriff
May 24, 2013
Joe Arpaio Hired A Child-Sex Offender For Armed “Posse”
Feb. 13, 2013
Ernest Atencio's Family Sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio Over Death Of Gulf War Veteran With Mental Illness
Oct. 25, 2012
Sheriff Arpaio Sends Publicly Funded Deputy To Hawaii On 'Birther' Hunt
May 22, 2012
U.S. Sues Arizona Sheriff Over Alleged Violations Of Hispanics’ Civil Rights
May 10, 2012
Sheriff Joe Arpaio Suggests Obama's Birth Certificate Is A Forgery
Mar. 2, 2012
Arpaio Is Criticized Over Handling Of Sex-Crimes Cases
Dec. 9, 2011
Steven Seagal, 'America's Sheriff' Sued Over Tank Raid, Puppy Death
Aug. 31, 2011
Joe Arpaio Loses Again: Maricopa County Settles For $200K In Mora Racial-Profiling Case
Jul. 7, 2011
Arizona Sheriff Uses A Tank And Steven Seagal To Arrest Cockfighting Suspect
Mar. 23, 2011
Sheriff Joe Arpaio Accused Of Illegally Misspending $80 Million While Conducting Draconian Immigration Round-ups
Sep. 30, 2010
U.S. May Sue Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio For Not Cooperating In Investigation
Aug. 18, 2010
Joe Arpaio: Tent City A "Concentration Camp"
Aug. 2, 2010
Sheriff Joe Arpaio Could Face Arrest Warrant Thanks To Supervisors' Subpoena
Apr. 28, 2010
Joe Arpaio On False McDonald's Arrest: Take All Brown People Into Custody, Release Citizens Later
Mar. 27, 2010
Video: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Forces Woman To Give Birth While Shackled
Nov. 18, 2009
Washington Strips Immigration Policing Powers From Arizona Sheriff
Oct. 9, 2009
Joe Arpaio On Mexican Migrants: "They're All Dirty"
Oct. 9, 2009
Joe Arpaio Threatens Board Of Supervisors Chairman Max Wilson, Brags About Relationship With Arizona Republic's Phil Boas
May 6, 2009
Shocking News: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Sued Over Two More Inmate Deaths
Feb. 10, 2009
A Phony Murder Plot Against Joe Arpaio Winds Up Costing Taxpayers $1.1 Million
Oct. 28, 2008
Judge Calls Maricopa County Jail Conditions Unconstitutional
Oct. 22, 2008
Arpaio Raids Mesa City Hall; Mayor Outraged
Oct. 17, 2008
New Times Owners Sue Sheriff Joe Arpaio, County Attorney Andy Thomas And Lawyer Dennis Wilenchik
Apr. 28, 2008
New Times Files A Prelude To A Lawsuit Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, County Attorney Andy Thomas And A Discredited Ex-Special Prosecutor On Behalf Of Its Readers And The Constitution
Feb. 22, 2008
VIDEO: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Says It's An HONOR To Be Compared To KKK
Nov. 17, 2007
'Jail Cam' In Privy Turned Off After Privacy Complaints
Apr. 28, 2001
Joe Arpaio, Tyrant Of The Desert
Jul. 29, 1999
The $8 Million Victim
Jan. 14, 1999
Jailers Show A Paraplegic Who's Boss
Jan. 23, 1997

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