A very bad man

By Ophelia Benson

We in the US have been feeling a little overwhelmed lately, what with a racist president and racist marches in the streets and a racist president pardoning a racist sheriff who was famous for his sadistic treatment of prisoners.

Let’s learn a little about that racist sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who was elected six times to be sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, which includes the major city of Phoenix. Maybe you’re thinking he wasn’t such a bad guy? Maybe he deserved the pardon?

Valeria Fernández wrote in the Guardian a week ago:

For more than 20 years, Tent City stood within a larger jail compound in an industrial area 10 minutes south of downtown Phoenix. At its peak in the late 1990s, it comprised 82 Korean war-era military tents and housed 1,700 inmates.

Tents in the desert, where it gets rather warm; Phoenix at this moment is 42 degrees, and inside a tent it would be even hotter. There was no shade, because that was the whole point.

Despite multiple lawsuits from mistreated former prisoners, mounting public outrage and intense criticism from groups such as Amnesty International, which [condemned] the facility as inhumane, overcrowded and dangerous, the outdoor prison remained open. Even the justice department …read more

Read more here:: http://freethinker.co.uk/2017/08/28/a-very-bad-man/