Will President Trump pardon racist Joe Arpaio?

23 August 2017, 12:31 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Trump 'seriously considering' a pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Donald Trump is joined onstage by then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a campaign rally in Marshalltown Iowa

There is speculation that he may announce a pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio or an endorsement of Kelli Ward in her primary campaign to unseat Sen.

"Rather than taking action to unite our nation and heal the wounds he has opened, President Trump is considering using the power of his office to sow hate and division", said Vanita Gupta, former head of DOJ's civil rights division under President Barack Obama and who now leads the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

The rest of the state's residents, about 29 percent, say they aren't sure how they feel or don't know enough about the Arpaio's contempt of court case to make a decision.

"If you think I'm just going fishing, you're wrong".

Arpaio last month was found guilty of criminal contempt for defying a 2011 court order to stop profiling Latinos in Maricopa County in his crackdown on immigrants.

The rally marks Trump's first public political event since the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia more than a week ago.

It will also be Trump's first rally without the guidance of his long-time chief political strategist, Steve Bannon, who was sacked last week after repeated clashes with various White House advisers over the president's first seven months in office.

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"We must stand up and resist against white supremacists like Trump and like Arpaio who have been tormenting our communities for oh so long", Castro said. But he notes people are legally allowed to openly carry guns in Arizona.

Well, you see, that's the problem.

Jeri Williams, the police chief in Phoenix, said in a statement that the department would have "maximum staffing" during the rally and was working "24/7" to prepare for any possible clashes. Last week Ryan called white supremacy "repulsive" and said it was a responsibility of leaders to show "no moral ambiguity" on the issue. "I will assure that we are well, well prepared".

Trump is scheduled to speak at the convention center in downtown Phoenix at 7 p.m. MT before traveling to Reno, Nev., on Wednesday. "I am seriously thinking about it".

Trump will meet with border control agents before the rally as he seeks to recover from plummeting opinion poll figures.

Edward Maguire, an ASU professor who specializes in policing and violent crime, will be sending a team to observe the dynamics of the event - only as social scientists, not as participants. "Agencies that rely on the right mix of strategies and tactics can do a lot to prevent or minimize outbreaks of violence". And they said the Yuma sector, which went from 5 miles of fencing to 63 miles in recent years, is a prime example of how successful an increase in enforcement, along with physical barriers and other infrastructure, can be across the entire border.

He urged his friends and fellow students to express their First Amendment rights, but not to provoke the other side.

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