Photo: Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Says He's Not Backing Down, Still Plans to Run for U.S. Senate
Just as Sheriff Arpaio of Maricopa County in Arizona is catching serious flak from the U.S. Dept. of Defense, a man who was Tasered by police under Arpaio’s command, had a heart attack, and wound up brain dead and on life support, only to die a few days later. Still, “America’s Toughest Sheriff” says he is not backing down.
‘So, we had a couple of bumps,” Sheriff Arpaio told The Arizona Republic. ‘We had some isolated incidents, and they make it look like it’s systemic.’
Arpaio was referring to a 22-page letter from the Department of Justice that blasted him for incidents of discrimination and racial profiling in a state already being deemed anti-immigrant and in many ways anti-Latino.
Still, the sheriff believes he has nothing to apologize for and claims that the Obama administration is simply out to get him.
He seems so unfazed that he even says not only is he not going to resign, but he may run in the next U.S. Senate race, though he’s stated that he has yet to decide what he’ll run for in the coming year, but will likely choose in January.