Reactions to Joe Arpaio contempt trial verdict

- Reactions are pouring in on Monday, after former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty of contempt.

Arpaio, who was voted out of office in 2016, was charged with misdemeanor contempt of court for allegedly defying a judge's 2011 order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.


Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Dist. 7)

Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego, who represents Arizona's 7th Congressional District, Released a statement on his verified Facebook page.

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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The ACLU released a statement on the verdict, which reads, in part: 

"This verdict is a vindication for the many victims of Joe Arpaio’s immigration policies, which were unconstitutional to begin with, and were doubly illegal when Arpaio flouted the court’s orders. Joe Arpaio learned his lesson the hard way — no one, not even America’s so-called toughest sheriff, is above the law.”

-Cecillia Wang, ACLU Deputy Legal Director


Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

The MCSO released a statement that reads, in part:

"...the verdict today by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton is a conclusion to the disservice and distractions caused by former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. We have a great respect for the justice system and the process and responsibility to carry out justice."


Living United for Chance in Arizona (LUCHA)

On Monday afternoon, LUCHA officials released a statement that reads, in part:

“Today’s ruling is a community win, the community organizing, voter registration, rallies, marches, protest, lawsuits, that took place for over 10 years have demonstrated that we will not tolerate racism and will push until we get justice for our communities. This also sends a loud message to the entire nation, that we can win even under a Trump administration and that we will not let bullies like Arpaio or Trump or anyone else continue to oppress our families.”

- Alejandra Gomez, LUCHA Co-Executive Director


In addition, viewers have also responded to news of Arpaio's conviction, on the FOX 10 Phoenix Facebook page.

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