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Racist sheriff pardoned by Trump says he’ll ‘never’ apologize for racially profiling ‘the Hispanics’

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Joe Arpaio, the disgraced former Arizona sheriff who was found guilty of contempt of court for willfully violating a federal judge’s order to stop a program of racially profiling Latinos, isn’t sorry for anything.

In an interview with Univision, the 85-year-old Arpaio said there was no point in apologizing to people whom he racially profiled during his tenure as sheriff, as he didn’t believe that he had done anything wrong.

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“An apology for doing my job? That would never happen,” said a defiant Arpaio. “I think if I stood on a big tower and I screamed at everyone, at all Hispanics, and I said that I disagreed with all the deportations and said ‘I love you all’ it wouldn’t make any difference.”

During the interview, Arpaio also said he didn’t believe that the Hispanic community really disliked him, despite the fact that he willfully ignored a court order to stop profiling them.

“I don’t really think they hate me when you get right down to it,” he said. “I get threats. But I don’t get the threats from the Hispanics.”

Arpaio, who was pardoned by President Donald Trump last month, was ordered by a federal judge in 2011 to stop his department’s practice of pulling over Latino motorists on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally. Despite this order, however, Arpaio continued targeting Latino drivers to be pulled over, and an estimated 170 people were wrongfully detained in the 18 months after the order was issued.

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Watch the full interview with Arpaio at this link.

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