June 29, 2010 / Lifestyle / 0 comments
Joseph M. “Joe” Arpaio (born June 14, 1932) is an American law enforcement officer and the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio promotes himself as “America’s Toughest Sheriff”. He has become controversial for his approach to operating the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Arpaio set up a “Tent City” as an extension of the Maricopa County Jail. Tent City is located in a yard next to a more permanent structure containing toilets, showers, an area for meals, and a day room. It has become notable particularly because of Phoenix’s extreme temperatures.
During the summer of 2003, when outside temperatures exceeded 110 °F (43 °C), Arpaio said to complaining inmates, “It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and the soldiers are living in tents, have to wear full body armor, and they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths. Tent City is criticized by groups contending that there are violations of human and constitutional rights. One of Arpaio’s most visible public relations actions was the introduction of pink underwear, which the Maricopa County Sheriff’s website cites as being “world famous.” Arpaio subsequently started to sell customized pink boxers (with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s logo and “Go Joe”) as a fund-raiser for Sheriff’s Posse Association. Despite allegations of misuse of funds received from these sales, Arpaio declined to provide an accounting for the money.Arpaio’s success in gaining press coverage with the pink underwear resulted in him extending the use of the color. He introduced pink handcuffs, using the event to promote his book, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, America’s Toughest Sheriff.