Joe Arpaio was first elected sheriff of Maricopa in 1992. That followed a career in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), including a posting in Mexico.
Call him 'old school.' He prefered his old Smith-Corona typewriter to a computer. He also used an old flip-top cellphone (with a Frank Sinatra ring tone of, what else: 'I'll do it my way.')
In 1993 he created a tent city jail for detainees.
Despite the high heat of Arizona, Arpaio forced detainees to live under tents. He boasted that he instituted the first female chain gangs.
Arpaio called himself "the toughest Sheriff in the West."
Maricopa County, population 4.2 million, is located in the south-central part of Arizona, including the city of Phoenix. It is the fourth-most populous county in the United States. Almost 30 percent of the population is Latino.
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He forced detainees to wear pink clothing.
During a visit with prisoners at the tent city jail.
In 2005 Arpaio began an aggressive campaign against undocumented immigration.
Inmates in the tent city jial show the pink underpants that Arpaio made them wear.
Arpaio's pink underpants: extra-large size.
Arpaio's pink socks.
A priosoner shows off his pink socks.
Arpaio faced dozens of protests from pro-immigrant organizations for his constant raids on workplaces in the search for undocumented immigrants.
The sheriff was criticized by opponents for seeking media attention.
Arpaio became a national celebrity.
Arpaio was ordered by a judge to stop his sheriff's deputies from using racial profiling during patrols.
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In 2013 Univision anchor Jorge Ramos toured the tent city jail with Arpaio. He rejected accusations of racial profiling.
A Republican, he spent 24 years in office, but failed in his 7th re-election bid in 2016.
Arpaio backed Trump from the start of his election campaign, joining him at rallies.
Arpaio was always at Trump's side during visits to Arizona.
Arpaio's went on trial in June 2017 for criminal contempt of a 2011 court order over traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. He was found guilty last month and is awaiting sentencing.
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He was pardoned by President Trump on Friday evening (Aug 25 2017) as Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on the Texas coast as a potentially devastating Category 4 storm.
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In photos: a journey through Joe Arpaio's 50-year career in law enforcement